Author: Mari L. McCarthy

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The Write Way to Health and Harmony

Good health is a precious and multi-faceted jewel: we benefit from taking a holistic approach to getting and staying healthy. We need to look beyond the obvious variables of diet and exercise, although they are obviously important. True health involves a much deeper harmony of the vital components which create wellbeing. We need to live mindfully, with spiritual and emotional awareness, learning to listen to our bodies and our inner selves. Journaling offers a unique opportunity for us to meet our true selves and work through the issues that impact our health. It enables us to go beyond the presenting problem to a more profound level, digging deeper for solutions. Perhaps a particular relationship is impacting your health, or perhaps your lifestyle needs a closer analysis. You might...

Lose More Weight with Journaling Power!

Lose More Weight with Journaling Power!

There are many recipes for a healthy weight loss- but they all work better with an extra added ingredient- keeping a food journal. The simple act of writing down what you eat helps you consume fewer calories- a fact that’s been proven in a number of studies over the years. In some cases, keeping a food journal can actually double weight loss, according to a 2008 study by Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research. Big organizations like Slimming World and Weight Watchers advocate keeping written records because it really makes a difference to the outcome of any weight loss program. However, a food journal is even more effective if you write about the emotional aspects of eating because food so often symbolizes comfort or has a psychological function....

Write Your Way to Better Health: the Physical Benefits of Journaling

Write Your Way to Better Health: the Physical Benefits of Journaling

How can we improve our health and heal our diseases? After studying this question for a number of years, I’m convinced that two key factors are effective stress management and recovery from emotional trauma. Fortunately, both of these issues can be tackled with a scientifically-proven, drug-free approach: writing therapy. Expressive, pen-to-paper journaling reduces stress, boosts the immune system and helps the mind to process emotional trauma. Its positive effect on immunity helps people with many different chronic illnesses and reduces the severity of symptoms. Julia Cameron’s iconic work on creativity, The Artist’s Way, introduced the concept of Morning Pages, the daily practice of off-loading worries and preoccupations onto the pages of a journal. But many scientists have also investigated the power of expressive writing in the past 30 years...

Healing from the Inside Out - Writing Therapy for Childhood Traumas

Healing from the Inside Out – Writing Therapy for Childhood Trauma

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in my late thirties and lost not only my mobility but also the normal energy levels I needed to maintain a successful career. I had to close down my business and stay at home until I finally found an effective therapy which turned my life around. This “treatment” involved writing about the trauma of my childhood and off-loading the accumulated stresses of life onto a blank page every morning. It was simple and yet deceptively powerful; I started to feel the benefit almost immediately as symptoms reduced and energy levels soared. Since then I’ve discovered that writing therapy (also known as expressive writing or journaling) has the backing of many doctors and psychologists. Its healing effects have been measured scientifically,...