Stress, whether an unconscious undercurrent in your life or a rampage of emotions, can make you sick if you don’t manage it. You want to tame the tension in your life, but you don’t know how. Write Your Stress Away is the place to start. The book introduces you to the revolutionary Write To Be Well four-step method proven to bring relief from stress and optimize your health, simply by writing. The book describes the research behind the method, instructs how to use it, includes compelling true-life stories from Write to Be Well users, and arms you with a unique tool to combat stress now and into the future.
Everyday stress poses major health risks and is considered to be linked to the six leading causes of death in the United States. But as the authors found through their work and the research on the subject, writing heals. There is a direct correlation between writing and reduced recurrences of certain cancers, lower blood pressure for those with hypertension, strengthened immune function, and better blood glucose management for those living with diabetes. Based on these findings and others, the four-step method found in these pages guides you in naming your stress, affirming a future aligned with your values, creating SMART goals, committing to an action plan, and achieving your desired lifestyle. Thanks to the ease and flexibility of this proven approach, the Write To Be Well method can be tailored to meet your unique needs. Once you learn the four basic steps, you decide how much time you want to spend writing–just a few minutes or a few hours. Learning how to reduce your stress is the first step toward a brighter, healthier future. So, grab a pen.
Life is like an ocean wave — a continuum of ups and downs. At the crest of the wave, you’re in the peak of health, but when the wave crashes against the shore it can leave you feeling washed up and depleted. That’s how we’ve experienced stress in our lives – the stress of daily life, work, financial concerns, being diagnosed with serious illness and the myriad of other things 21st century living throws our way. That’s why we’ve created THE GET WELL PROJECT and our integrated writing method WRITE TO BE WELL™
WRITE TO BE WELL™ provides an integrated writing method with tools to bring YOU back into balance and to lead YOU forward on the journey to renewed vigor and peak performance to manage your stress.
We write to get well.
We write to manage stress.
We write to breathe purpose back into our lives.
We write — to overcome complex problems, anytime, anywhere!
THE GET WELL PROJECT is about optimizing well-being.
We teach how to use writing as a simple, life-long tool to get your life moving toward optimal health … and keep it going!
THE GET WELL PROJECT blends proven scientific research from pioneers
in the fields of expressive writing, self-affirmation, action scripting and reflective writing with actual results from Write To Be Well users.
Writing empowers you to increase control over, and improve your health.
Did you know writing can help you in your effort to prevent heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis?
Writing can also rescue us from the emotional turmoil of living with an acute or chronic disease.
Writing is a powerful ally in managing your disease. Turn to it when you’re feeling overwhelmed by health details.
We write to diminish stress in our lives. If we don’t, stress might kill us – literally!
Writing is a proven release from stress. It resets your emotional and physical equilibrium, and helps you to reframe your perspective.
THE GET WELL PROJECT helps you define and achieve your unique path to manage stress and achieve optimal health and well-being.
Your vision and mine are different. That’s OK! The question is: What do you value in your life and what priorities will you commit to, as you move to a healthier lifestyle?
Only YOU can define that! Are you ready to take the first step?
Have you tried to make a needed change with your lifestyle but something holds you back? Writing can help you break through this resistance.
Optimal health is not a quick fix. It is the set of deliberate behaviors and choices that you commit to that will make the difference in your sustained well-being. Managing the stress that you may or may not be aware of is proven to be a critical part of that.
You can sustain the healthy lifestyle that is right for you by being clear what your values are as the foundation and what you want your future to be. You will most likely encounter stumbling blocks and perhaps make poor choices along the way.
Let’s look at that rocky road. Sometimes, emotions can get in the way of making good choices. But, what can you do?
Susan (Sue) Ives McCollum is a licensed professional counselor with a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University in Maryland. In her one-on-one work with clients, Sue has always incorporated journal writing, gratitude logs, and goal setting in her healing work. She believes writing deepens self-awareness and fosters resilience. She has seen the transformational power of writing not only in individual work, but also in her writing groups and with women around the world.
Diane Hartingh Price received her MSOD from American University. She is a veteran consultant, coach, and is a Duke trained Integrative Health Professional. In her work as an integrative health coach, she partners with clients to enhance their health, clarify goals and values, develop an action plan for making lifestyle changes using their own inherent character strengths to reach personal goals, and provide support for lasting change.
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