Writing is one thing that was not taken from me after the accident five years ago. Writing is one of the things that helped me the most. It provided me with, not only a way to remember things, but a way to write down my thoughts and feelings.
As I read, writing can be very therapeutic because when you write you put your thoughts into complete sentences, not in “self-interrupted, looping, impressionistic cacophony” thoughts, as Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. says in The Power of Writing: 3 Types of Therapeutic Writing. When you put your thoughts into writing, you are not talking to yourself, even if you are writing in first person. She says that by typing on a computer or writing with pen or pencil you are instantly letting go of that and “creating a powerful connection between your inner experience and your body’s movement out in the world.”
It can be whatever you want; I write a blog now, before the blog I just wrote a diary on my computer where I would say everything from what I felt to what happened that day. Now I can look back on some of that (what was saved after my computer died).
But I encourage everyone going through a difficult moment to try this, even if you’re not a writer. Nobody else needs to see this, just you, to write down what happened today, what you’re feeling today and just get those feelings out. It doesn’t have to be pretty, but maybe later you realize you feel better just getting it all out because that’s what you needed, an outlet to let go of everything.
You can try different types of writing, like poetry, letters, creative writing, memories or feelings, or what ever works for you; the sky’s the limit.
If you want to read more about this and are asking if you should start a blog, I recommend this blog post from Modern Day Girl.