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This is a method where we write to raise our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Writing is a form of expression, as the founder of writing therapy James Pennebaker states. Writing is therapeutic because it helps to bring our subconscious memories, feelings, thoughts and experiences out to the front, note down complex thoughts, find solutions, express what we have suppressed or created new feelings and emotions.
All you need is a pen, paper and an open mind.
NEW TECHNIQUES YOU CAN TRY:
Writing poems helps us to creatively express our thoughts and emotions and feel better about expressing them in a beautiful poetic method. I don’t usually read poems but I was able to compose one, express myself through it, and it felt great!
Freewriting or ‘mind dump’ Means just write quickly for a fixed duration of time, without stopping and dumping all our expressions through writing on a paper without bothering about grammar, spelling, style, syntax, or typos.
It’s also known as consciousness streaming. Some people suggest doing it first thing in the morning to keep a clear mind in the day!
- Write about a troubling event or experience non-stop, letting all thoughts come out
- Write about your dreams and desires in detail non-stop
- When angry just express it all on paper
Gratitude Journaling helps us to recognise what is present with us right now, what is favourable to us and what makes us feel blessed and secure. You could write a gratitude diary each day for what you are grateful for that day or try these prompts!
I am healthy and alive today
I am lucky to have...
I feel blessed
Thank you for...
Who are you grateful to and for what
Name the assets that you are grateful to have
This year, I am thankful for...
I am grateful to my house for...
I thank my body for...
One person who deserves thanks is...
Mind maps are colourful and artistic ways of verbalising our concerns, untangle stressed-out thoughts and also finding solutions.
You can note your problem in the centre and then draw lines around it. After each line can be a probable solution
You can note your 5-year goal and break it down each step into a 1-year goal then a 6-month goal then 1 month and 1-week goal.
Maps help to get all the thoughts out on paper in an organised fashion which propels clear thought and action!
The last Blog covered more methods for Writing Therapy
You can choose the one that suits you best!
Author: Devanshi Gala | Publisher: Kosha Life