on Anne R. Allen:
Freewrite techniques help process the traumatic times we’re living in.
When we experience an emotional event, we tend to replay it in our minds. Sometimes we want uncomfortable situations to disappear, so we try to ignore and suppress what happened.
But we don’t forget.
One way to manage intense feelings is to write about them.
When we dream or have a nightmare, we react as if it’s true . . . we perspire, our heart beats faster, our breathing becomes shallow. The same physical response can be felt when writing about a troubling incident.
We can’t change what happened, but we can change how we perceive it.