Boy did that feel great! Yesterday I was a balled-up angry mess, but then I typed the word “pissed” 500 times and I felt much better!
As I have said before, pain makes me angry. How could it not? Pain leads to all things bad in my world, so sometimes I have to just spew forth like an angry volcano and relieve some of the pressure and tension that has built up. Right now I can hear Rob cheering that I took it out on “Dr. Charlatan” and not on him.
So since I felt so great afterwards (like I could have wrestled a buffalo and won), I decided to google the health benefits of writing and expression. Turns out that I am not on to anything new.
The first study I found was specifically conducted on Fibromyalgia patients, and the researchers found “Fibromyalgia patients experienced short-term benefits in psychological and health variables through emotional expression of personal traumatic experiences.” They concluded that written emotional expression can be beneficial to your short-term health.
Then I read a broader and more in-depth study. They found similar short-term benefit, as in the Fibromyalgia study, in addition to the following long-term benefits:
Longer-term benefits of expressive writing
- Fewer stress-related visits to the doctor
- Improved immune system functioning
- Reduced blood pressure
- Improved lung function
- Improved liver function
- Fewer days in hospital
- Improved mood/affect
- Feeling of greater psychological well-being
- Reduced depressive symptoms before examinations
- Fewer post-traumatic intrusion and avoidance symptoms
Social and behavioral outcomes
- Reduced absenteeism from work
- Quicker re-employment after job loss
- Improved working memory
- Improved sporting performance
- Higher students’ grade point average
- Altered social and linguistic behaviour
So there you have it. Proof that my crazy rants are not for nothing. Not only do they give me short-term relief, but they are also providing me long-term, valuable health benefits. Cool! The last time I was at the doctors my blood pressure was 112/70. “Very good!” she said. I think I will keep up with my blog and my crazy rants of expression and see what she has to say next time.