Nowadays, people have technologies to help them cope with stress. Who would’ve thought to go back to old-fashioned writing to cope with stress? Well, certainly not us. But apparently, it beneficial to be a bit Shakespearean every once in a while. It has even been proven scientifically that it helps your mental help. So, let’s delve in to how writing with a quill pen and a papyrus, or, with modern tools, a pen and paper can help alleviate some of the tensions off your shoulders.
First off, according to Forbes, handwriting increases neural activity in certain sections of the brain, which is similar to meditating. In a study conducted by the Indiana University, the action of writing by hand releases creativity that is not easily accessed in any other way. High-tech magnetic resonance imaging has shown that low-tech writing by hand increases neural activity in certain parts of the brain, much like going through meditation.
Handwriting sharpens the brain and helps us learn. Writing is good in one’s grey matter sharp and may as well influence how we think, in a more positive way. Sequential hand movement, such used in handwriting, will activate large regions of the brain responsible for thinking, language, healing, and working memory.
Handwriting forces us to slow down and smell the ink. Often overlooked benefit of writing is that it forces us to slow down and enjoy the moment, a rare privilege in today’s world. Mindful writing rests the brain and potentially ignites creativity, according to neuroscientist Dr Claudia Aguirre.
So, there you have it, the scientific benefits of writing. Of course, this way of de-stressing is not moulded for everyone in general. Everybody finds a different way to vent out frustration and stress. There is no harm trying though. And if you don’t fancy it, there is always another way that will suit your need. Happy writing!