Throughout his career, Vincent Mays has pondered the many different ways individuals can take better control of their mental health.
Mental health is becoming a more widely discussed topic which is nothing other than excellent, as 1 in 4 adults will suffer some form of mental illness over the course of their lifetime. This discussion around mental health has led to people sharing tips on what helps them cope or even what helps keep them mentally well. Vincent Mays has made it one of his top priorities as a mental fitness consultant to help individuals find their inner strengths to improve all aspects of their lives. One of these concepts is writing, which Vincent Mays suggests as a form of therapy and enhancing the mind.
Writing down your thoughts can be an excellent way of coping with stress, particularly if you’re feeling like your brain can’t shut down long enough for you to relax properly. Vincent Mays recommends to many of his clients leaving a notebook by the side of the bed so that they can write down thoughts they may have during the night, leaving them with a clear mind, relaxed and ready to sleep. The physical act of writing your thoughts down can be very therapeutic as it produces the effect of releasing something which can otherwise build up and bring you down. People often try journaling to help them relax and unload their thoughts. Journaling is a way of writing down your thoughts in a day-to-day format. For example, people will often write what happened in their day, things that made them happy, things that made them sad. They will chronicle the ups and downs of the day and even make a list of things that need to be done the following day. The beauty of journaling, Vincent Mays believes is that you can make it work for you, and there are no rules – except to write what you want to.
Another way people say writing benefits their mental health is through creative writing – things like poetry or short stories. This can allow people to release any thoughts they may otherwise struggle to get out. Creative writing allows people to express themselves in a way that isn’t always conventional. People who write poetry often find that using the metaphors and hyperbole that is found in poetry more useful to them than writing down linear sentences. This freedom of expression can help people express their thoughts more accurately as there are generally no rules when it comes to poetry.
Writing short stories can also help provide an escape for people who live in difficult situations or are very stressed out. By creating worlds that don’t exist, it can give people the confidence to change themselves in their real world. People can create versions of themselves that otherwise wouldn’t exist, which can lead them to adopt some of these behaviors in real life. It can also help them leave their problems or worries behind for a little while, which can often leave them feeling more relaxed and better able to cope when they stop writing, feeling calm, cool, and collected and ready to get on with their day.