Feb 21, 2019
Topic - Writing About Divorce Eases The Pain
Getting a divorce? You’re twenty percent more likely to suffer from heart disease, diabetes or cancer than people who aren’t divorcing, not to mention the toll it takes on your mental health. Try “narrative expressive writing” which is a form of writing that results in a lower heart rate, but an increase in heart rate variability which tells us how well the body is handling those powerful emotions and ongoing stress. Narrative expressive writing avoids the mindless, rageful venting of feelings for the sake of self-indulgence, but actually requires the writer to think about what the events mean for both their current and future lives. Just twenty minutes of writing over the course of three days is enough to show improvement in heart functioning. Take the time to process these powerful events through writing. Your health and well-being just might depend on it.