Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in Boston have found that expressive writing may have positive benefits for people being treated for cancer. Just four sessions of 30 minutes of expressive writing — about whatever was on their minds, releasing fears, expressing hopes — caused reduction in stress and actually helped reduce physical symptoms. And University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center researchers have found that expressive writing improved sleep patterns in their patients.
This is good news for anyone facing the challenge of any illness, to know that expressive writing may help them cope with stress and physical discomfort. It is also gratifying to see that medical researchers take the use of writing as a form of therapy quite seriously, and are conducting studies to produce concrete results about the positive results of writing. And of course, you don’t need to be ill to know that ways to lower stress levels are always welcome.
Read more here in this article published by the American Holistic Health Association http://ahha.org/ExpressiveWriting.htm