THE WRITING METHOD
a suitable way to address what happened in case there is avoidant behaviour (author: J. Pennebaker)
- Write every day for three to five days
- Write for 15 to 30 minutes at a time, in a place where you will not be disturbed
- Write down your thoughts and deepest emotions regarding what happened
- What you write may be associated with the past, the present, or the future, with your relationships, how to the situation has affected you, and with your wishes for the present and the future.
In the beginning, after the first writing session, it may feel difficult – but do not let that discourage you. Persevere and continue. Research and experience have shown that the next writing sessions may give you significant emotional relief.
Stress experienced after a trauma may not just go away over time, but in certain cases can stay unchanged in a person’s brain, triggering strong reactions when reminded of the trauma.