The Art of Disclosure
Posted Mon 2nd Dec 19 - 2 mins read
In order to gain the most amount of value for your mental health from your journaling sessions there is a scientifically proven way of doing it.
Here are some answers to some common questions according to the writers of “Opening up by Writing it Down”:
What should I write about?
Traumatic experiences, recent or past upheaval, good or bad, events that were pivotal or took you down very specific paths, anything that may be troubling you, sitting in the back of your mind. Anything that allows you to achieve a rested mind in that moment.
When should I write?
When you need to make sense of / come to terms with something that’s already happened.
When shouldn’t I write?
Writing during a period of what is known as ’normal grief’ as opposed to ’traumatic grief' won’t necessarily help because most of us have a natural coping mechanism. Writing about something uncertain or something that hasn’t happened and won’t necessarily happen might not be that helpful unless it involves you making a decision to take a certain path. Also, writing about a traumatic event in the first few hours or days after the event won’t have allowed enough time for you to process what happened.
How often should I write?
Write about the same thing on more than one occasion. This increases the chances of you putting it into the order you need to understand every aspect and use this to empower yourself and your life.
How long should I write?
10-15 mins, 3-4 times a week for several weeks. Write continuously, trying not to stop, don’t worry about spelling or grammar, chances are you will be the only one to ever read this. If you run out of things to write, repeat what you’ve already written about. You may tell it differently. This is what the writers refer to as 'Expressive writing’. More on that another time.
It's also useful to know...
Remember that what works for one person may not work for another.
This method of disclosure is designed to have maximum benefit for those of us looking for relief from anxiety and depression.
There are, however more light hearted methods that may offer a similar result and i’ll be talking about that in another post soon.
In the meantime, Journaling is a safe way to begin the process of disclosure, and we have now launched our journaling platform right here on the site. It's currently free to use, guided and designed to be completed in around 5 minutes.
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