Why Writing Every Day May Help You Live Longer.

Every Monday I take care of my sister’s four year-old twins while she works. Then, as repayment, every Thursday she takes Isla and Toby for a few hours. It works well for both of us and the kids get to spend lots of time together. Win-win-win.

Last Thursday I took myself off to have a coffee and read the paper. It was Capital-L Lovely. But the real value of it came when I read an article in the Sydney Morning Herald about the health benefits of daily writing.

I’ve long been a journaller and would swear up and down that writing in a journal for 10 minutes before sleep helps me to:

  • fall asleep quickly
  • sleep very restfully
  • wake up feeling positive

Countless times I would scrawl out line after line of drivel. It would be nothing of any importance. Maybe what I did that day. What I’m thining about. How I’m feeling. All pretty standard.

Then, all of a sudden, this issue, this problem, this thing that had been bothering me would explode onto the page and I would struggle to keep hand and pencil moving fast enough.

It was extraordinary.

This article in the paper spoke about the mental health benefits of 10-15 minutes of daily writing, but even more fascinatingly, the physical health benefits.


“It is claimed, for example, expressive writing can help control cancer-related pain, poor sleeping patterns, lung functioning in asthmatic patients and severity of rheumatoid arthritis.

It can also improve mood, liver function, immunity, blood pressure and memory. Results are most obvious four to six months after the initial writing episodes.”

(Read more here.)
Amazing, right?

So my suggestion to those of you who need to find some inner-peace, some zen, some simplicity in body and mind – write. Daily.

  • 10-15 minutes. That’s it. You can find that amount of time if you look hard enough.
  • Try to do it first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
  • Just let it flow. Don’t censor it. Don’t second-guess it. Just let your hand continue to write.
  • If you have nothing at all to write, then write that. “I have nothing to write. I have nothing to write. I have nothing…” And I guarantee you that thoughts will make themselves known very soon after.

You can do it anywhere and it takes minimal equipment, yet you will almost undoubtedly feel freer, clearer and calmer. Just give it a week and see. Then let me know – I’d be fascinated.




4 Responses to Why Writing Every Day May Help You Live Longer.

  1. Writing a nursing essay usually starts from finding the topic. Many topics can be challenging and will often involve some scientific research in the practicum lab, that’s why I’m afraid that I won’t be able to write a well-structured nursing essay. It’s good that you can outline your essay at specialized services like https://pro-papers.com/nursing-writing-service that can help you to write and proofread your work.

  2. The question seems really weird to me as it says why writing on daily basis can help you live a long life so i guess papers writers will be right there for those who are in need of that so maybe we can add a bit more stuff that was there in need of such stuff.

Leave a Reply to papers writers Cancel reply