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10 benefits of writing

Writing is one of the most important methods of communication we use. Developing and improving your writing skills helps to communicate better, something that has tremendous benefits in many areas of life. As a hobby, writing can be practised in a variety of different forms and offers a variety of wellbeing benefits, from reflecting on our experiences to expressing our goals, needs and desires. For some, it is simply an outlet for their inner creativity.

So how can writing benefit you? Read on to find out more.

1. Slow down and build patience

Writing is a great practice to improve the clarity of your communication. Unlike when speaking directly, writing encourages you to look for phrases and expressions, broadening your use of language and allowing yourself to convey your message more sharply and succinctly and be more impactful. Developing a narrative structure can help you to express yourself better and in a clearer way.

2. Reduce stress

Writing can help to alleviate stress and help your wellbeing by allowing you to empty your heads of troublesome thoughts. This helps to create calm by giving you a place where you can work through them, put them into context, create order and rationalise your actions. This can also create space for you to focus on more immediate matters of importance.

3. Increase productivity

Writing can help to enhance your productivity as it helps to fire the neurons in your brain, which in turn helps to prepare you for the day’s tasks that lie ahead. In addition, writing down tasks can help you to prepare for them accordingly and therefore set you up to achieve them successfully. Even if you don’t go back to it during the day, a to-do list will still help you to succeed.

4. Supports continuous learning

Another benefit of writing is that it encourages you to use your own words to learn about topics that you may find challenging or simply wish to expand your knowledge of, as well as being able to better articulate the things you learn. Writing as you learn also helps us to remember and recall information that you may otherwise find difficult or uninteresting to remember.

5. Increase self-awareness

If you write down what is in your mind every day, what you expect to achieve and how you feel, you will gain greater self-awareness. This is key to helping you achieve your goals, understanding what drives you and becoming more self-aware.

6. Improve decision-making skills

When you use writing as a tool to clear your head, you make space to focus more clearly on things that are happening in the moment and that which is most important. This can help you to find the headspace and clarity to make better decisions.

7. Be happier

Did you know that writing can make you happier? Writing can be used as a positive psychological tool to help you to boost your mood by helping to make you a clearer thinking individual. Documenting experiences via a journal through which you can chart your thoughts and feelings in a constructive way has been proven to help people become happier.

8. Improve your focus

Taking a moment to write down what is important to you, be it personal or professional, helps you to stay on track with your goals, make them more achievable and ultimately gives you a stronger sense of focus.

9. Build resilience

There have been some research studies that suggest that those who write about their experiences are more resilient and that they can overcome obstacles quicker than others.

10. Preserve memories

If you journal every day, you will have a record of your memories and that will tell you plenty about yourself and your journey and experiences of the world around you, leaving you with memories that can be treasured for generations to come.

Do you write as a hobby? We’d love to hear about it.

Lara Edwards
Community Manager and Editor of Motiv8.Me Woman. A photographer, radio presenter, poet and spoken word performer, Lara recently graduated from university with a joint honours in History & Creative Writing.

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