Keep Stress Away With Expressive Writing


The study has found that you can beat the stressful situations or mental stress through writing your feelings.

It has to do with how your brain manages tasks.

Moving towards a fast-paced life can often take its toll on you and put you under mounting pressure and stress.

If you are prone to frequent bouts of worry, stress, and anxiety then you must express your feelings on a sheet of paper. Additionally, this method also helps to perform more efficiently on the stressful tasks also.

Now, researchers from Michigan State University have discovered what people can to do to ease their minds, and relieve stress.

Now, a new study by Michigan State University, funded by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, has provided the first neural evidence of the benefits of expressive writing.

Image Credit: Plaid Zebra " Worrying takes up cognitive resources; it's kind of like people who struggle with worry are constantly multitasking - they are doing one task and trying to monitor and suppress their worries at the same time. Our findings show that if you get these worries out of your head through expressive writing, those cognitive resources are freed up to work toward the task you're completing and you become more efficient.

Jason Moser, an associate professor of psychology and director of MSU's Clinical Psychophysiology Lab, and Tim Moran, a Spartan graduate who's now a research scientist at Emory University, worked with Schroder on the study. Before the task, about half of the participants wrote about their deepest thoughts and feelings about the upcoming task for eight minutes; the other half, in the control condition, wrote about what they did the day before. However, the expressive-writing group preformed the flanker task more effectively because they used fewer brain resources which were measured with electroencephalography (EEF).

Moser uses a auto analogy to describe the effect.

Those in the group who had written their feelings down were more efficient at completing the task, according to the paper, in the journal Psychophysiology.

There is evidence from prior research to back up the fact that expressive writing can help people process stressful events or past traumatic experiences. Apart from making people feel better and less stressed, it can even help them carry out simple tasks and get better results. This study suggests that for those of us who may exhibit more anxious qualities, otherwise known as 'worriers, ' we can utilize this technique to prepare for stressful tasks in the future.

The study examined the brain activity of participants that raveled that the speed and accuracy performance level of both team was same. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.