I loved this piece from Psyche.co about life writing. Uddipana Goswami explains how writing about our difficult past experiences can help us process trauma. The concept of using writing as a way to “control your life’s narrative” is particularly insightful.
“Traumatic life events engulf us in chaos and uncertainty. Often, as a coping mechanism, we shut out the world and withdraw within ourselves. In extreme cases, we become fearful of community and human contact. Trauma takes a heavy toll on our emotional and mental health, and continues to haunt us even when we have physically emerged from the life events that caused it…For people dealing with trauma, writing – and especially life writing – can be very therapeutic. Over and above seeking professional mental health support, I also suggest using writing as a way to heal.”
Read “How to heal through life writing” here