In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, we require social distancing. Yes, the result is #stayhome. My friends often ask me what is my activity at home? Yes, I will put it in this article. One of my activities is writing. This is one of my media that accompanies me when I’m upset.
Writing is not about whether you can or can’t, but about whether you want to or not. If you like someone, of course you will try to get it. Like writing, when you want or have the desire to write, you will always try to keep writing.
Benefits and Advantages of Writing
What are the advantages of writing? You will feel for yourself after trying it. Not a few people who have a high enthusiasm for writing but still haven’t written yet. Some have started writing, but in the middle of writing they run out of ideas.
There are also those who are already writing regularly, but in between their routines it happens to be stuck for some reason. Everything can and is very likely to happen. It is very natural, and if it becomes a barrier. The realistic thing is how we always try to regenerate that writing spirit.
I am not a person who is good at writing, and the writings that I have made have no bargaining value to be presented to the public. For example, such as large media, making books and so on.
I prefer to write on blogs, starting from this blog then I can save my writing. Thus, at least our track record of ideas and ideas does not just disappear. So that the desire to write is maintained.
I had a mood problem and also ran out of ideas for writing. Finally, I was forced to review the book of one of the figures who happened to be the former chancellor of Paramadina. The books are amazing, so I’m even more interested in reviewing them.
So, from there came my idea to provide a new analysis. That analysis indirectly gave me the impetus to keep writing. So what are the advantages of writing? Let’s see:
1. Lowers Depression and Anxiety
Who would have thought that one of the benefits of writing is that it can reduce depression or anxiety. Often I overcome anxiety by doing frequent writing activities on the blog. It is a satisfaction in itself for me and can reduce depression and anxiety.
2. Strengthen Immune
You don’t believe that writing can strengthen the body’s immune system. In the midst of this Covid-19 pandemic, we must social distancing. So, what do I do at home? Write! Yes, writing is one that I believe can improve our immune system.
By writing, our emotions and thoughts can make it possible to fight several diseases such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, sleep disorders, to various kinds of viruses.
Although this has not been a significant research, but I’ve read in various media that by writing you can share your feelings. So that emotions can be poured out by writing.
Thus, writing is not just a matter of making money. However, it is good for health, especially increasing our body’s resistance or our body’s immunity.
A study in New Zealand, found that 76% of adults who journaled about their daily activities for 20 minutes per day for 3 consecutive days before undergoing a biopsy, recovered completely by day 11. This shows that writing helps faster physical recovery.
This study then concluded that expressive writing (such as writing a diary) is indeed effective for reducing stress so that it has the effect of strengthening the immune system.
3. Makes Us Happier
One of the benefits of writing is that it makes us happier. Why not? Because we can put our expression on a piece of writing. It is also closely related to the benefits of writing which can reduce stress on a regular basis and improve mood.
Reporting from Psychology Today, a study shows that writing down goals and dreams for the future can make a person happier and healthier.
Writing about gratitude is also believed to increase happiness and health because it can help us see more of the good things in life.
4. Sharpen Our Brain Memory
By writing, it can improve memory or memory in our brain. Why is that? By writing this then we can become better at remembering things. We will train our brains to always remember the references that we will write down.
If you write a diary, then you will always remember what you have done before. Well, this is the benefit of writing can sharpen our brain memory.