In the midst of a challenging year filled with unrelenting obstacles – from hurricanes, to fires, to floods – it’s essential to seek out strategies that can help us navigate through stress and turmoil.
One such method, which may surprise you with its effectiveness, is expressive writing. Did you know that writing about a stressful event can actually help you feel better both emotionally and physically in the long run?
The Science Behind Expressive Writing
Expressive writing is a therapeutic technique that involves putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to capture your thoughts and feelings regarding a significant event or stress-inducing experience. Research has shown that engaging in this practice can lead to a multitude of long-term benefits, some of which may surprise you:
- Fewer stress-related visits to the doctor
- Improved immune system functioning
- Reduced blood pressure
- Fewer days in hospital
- Improved mood/affect
- Feeling of greater psychological well-being
- Reduced absenteeism from work
- Improved working memory
These are just a few of the compelling benefits that expressive writing can offer, making it a valuable tool for enhancing your resilience and overall well-being.
Join Us for the “Writing for Resilience” Workshop:
If you’re intrigued by the idea of practicing expressive writing to cope with life’s challenges, we have a unique opportunity for you. Please join us for the “Writing for Resilience” workshop, led by Dr. Michelle Superle, an English Professor at University of Fraser Valley.
Date: October 18th, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
During this workshop, you’ll learn the fundamentals of expressive writing and gain practical insights into how to incorporate this technique into your daily life. Dr. Superle will guide you through the process, providing tips and exercises that will help you reap the rewards of writing.
The best part? This is a virtual event, so you can fully partake in this experience without even leaving your home. Simply grab your coziest blanket, settle into your favourite spot, and tune in from the comfort of your own space.
Please register for the event here: