Letter writing has become a form of journal therapy that aids in the healing process. Many times there are things we want to say to someone or even some “thing” but, we are not able to do so through personal confrontation which is the reason many people begin using diaries.
Journal(ing) for therapy is much like writing a letter, it allows you to speak freely and honestly about what you are feeling towards the issue. Whether it be a person, an emotion or an event, addressing the issue dead on is the first step to ridding yourself of the weight of things that may be holding you down. For example;
Writing a letter to someone who has broken your heart, where you maybe felt that you did not get the opportunity to say all you needed to, will help you to resolve those feelings you were deprived of expressing and help you achieve closure. Keep in mind, your letter does not ever have to actually reach the person intended, this will allow you to be as open as you want without the fear of the response. So fire away!
Some facts about Letter Therapy…
- Confessional writing brings actions and feelings out into the open and offers an aspect of forgiveness. It is a form that has its roots in the Renaissance.
- Letter therapy uses letters to deal with interpersonal conflicts and problems. What can not be said can at times be written. Also, writing letters often makes it more objective and the emotions are not so violent.
- Journal writing offers several benefits: journals are less threatening and closer to natural speech; they document mental processes; and they can be used as a tool for growth through critical reflection.
- The letters do not have to be mailed.
Join me on the path to self discovery by beginning an online diary with your own collection of letters! To get you started, you can find idea’s in my 10 Day Letter Challenge.
*If you would like to share your diary, simply comment below with a link.