You should make a habit of writing text on paper. (Or write it digitally, if that’s your thing.)
Writing is among those priorities for a good and healthy life. It’s among those things that you should regularly engage in. Like going for a daily walk outside, eating organic unprocessed foods, lifting heavy weights from the ground above your head, getting eight hours of sleep and such.
Only that you don’t hear about it often enough.
Why should writing matter for health? And if there are personal health benefits from writing, aren’t there “more efficient” alternatives to it? Isn’t there another way?
You say that writing isn’t for you. Because you are no Shakespeare. You don’t have time for being “artsy” and “crafty”. Your mind is settled on different things. Maybe you just don’t have the time.
Probably, the importance of writing for health is neglected because it seems so strenuous. It’s that really tough thing that you have to do on your own. It’s hard work that starts in your head and demands your full attention. It engages multiple areas in your brain, many of which might not have been used in a while. It can be exhausting.
It’s like the squat of mental exercises.
And just like we are not squatting enough, we are not writing enough.
Somehow we always find excuses why we are the exception to a rule, why something doesn’t apply to us as it does to others, why somehow we exist beyond these worldly issues. This is why you don’t have the time and it’s your excuse why writing isn’t for you.
We are exceptionally good at making a wisdom of our own bad habits.
This is why we aren’t moving but sitting at desks instead. This is why we are eating junk because it’s efficient and price-conscious. This is why we aren’t sleeping because we generate more time to spend on doing stuff.
This is how we have slowly chipped away at our health. This is how good intentions have led us astray.
Over time, serious health issues arise if you give way to the wrong mindsets. Like obesity and diabetes mellitus if you stick with the sugars and industrial flavors of processed foods. Like osteoporosis and frailty if you skip lifting weights and keep on sitting. Like chronic fatigue and dementia if we don’t keep our brain-wheels turning.
All because we are avoiding to jump hurdles. We are taking an easy way out.
It all starts in your mind. But finally your decisions affect your body and your life. Only you decide on your fate.
I believe that writing is essential and makes us a better person.
It doesn’t matter what exactly you write, except for that you do it at all. Even better if you do it frequently.
You don’t have to write a poem or a novel or a blog. But you could. You could just write a letter to a friend or a formal report of an incident.
As long as it’s text that originated in your brain and you write it down, you have done something for your psychosocial wellbeing. And it will pay off in the long run.
Give expression to those nebulous and shady words that rumble in your head. Turn them into text. Capture them and make them stick. Every word you form and materialize on paper is power-building mental exercise.
I believe writing is a highly effective trigger of creativity. It’s a way to grow our thoughts. It’s the original brain-game, except one that actually works. It keeps us young and sharp.
And the more we do it. The more natural it becomes. And the better and healthier we are in the long run.
So, here are a few thoughts:
- If you don’t write, start small. Start a journal and capture a thought daily. Something that has moved you or surprised you.
- Don’t be embarassed. You may not “like” how you wrote something. Just as you don’t “like” your own voice recorded on tape. Still, that voice is you and it’s how everybody has been hearing you ever since. Adapt, dive into it and you will get better.
- Challenge yourself. It’s not always about writing a novel or another big project. It’s about being frequent. Still, don’t just settle for the small stuff. If you have already started, ask yourself: Why am I not writing a novel, yet?
* These words are part of a daily challenge. It’s called “Ten Days to a Better Blog”. This was my day 1. You write, you commit and you engage with others from a community of like minded folks. It’s all about growing yourself as a writer and building your confidence. The social thing is about getting bugged to stay on a writing track for ten days. It’s still open for anyone to join and won’t close anytime soon.