1. Your friends look off uncomfortably into the distance as you describe the barren reality of your life, again.
2. Your feelings chase you around without stopping, wake you up early, or prevent you from sleeping.
3. You've lost big or you're a big loser, take your pick.
4. You're trying really hard to accept the way your life has turned out but you're still not quite there.
5. You believe that the only one who cam make your life better is you.
6. You want to know the answers that only you can give yourself.
7. You believe it's possible that your own words and thoughts when expressed have the power to change your current circumstances.
8. You just need a place to bitch. You realize that a blank page may be a lot more forgiving than your friends and relatives.
9. You've lost a spouse, a child, a parent, a job, your confidence, your home, your income, your dream, your pet or your center and you'd like to feel better than you do right now.
10. You'd like to try what research has proven to be true: expressing your feelings in writing, (even if no one ever reads your words, even if you throw out the pages after you write them,) can improve your health and well-being.
You can write your way through loss to a better place. Want to give it a try?
- Jill Schacter
- My wonderful husband died when I was 44 years old. Being widowed this young happens to less than 3% of married people. Writing through this loss one word at time helps me understand what I've lost and helps me continue to grow. It is how I have gradually recovered from such a severe loss. Research shows that you can benefit from taking just 15 minutes a day to write out your deepest feelings as a way of healing. On the right side of this blog, you'll see a tag for Exercises to Try. If you need some help knowing how to use writing to help heal yourself, I suggest you start there.