With just a pen and paper, you can express a variety of emotions and feelings and help your wellbeing. Can you imagine writing being therapeutic? It can be.
Continued on a regular basis, and over time, writing can be a stress reliever, balance our mood, improve liver and lung function as well as lower blood pressure. Best of all – anyone can do it. It’s free and you can do it almost anywhere.
You can use therapeutic writing to help you cope with grief, gain perspective or even help you resolve complex issues. If you would like to try putting pen and paper to the test for your mental and physical health, here are six ways you can try approaching writing:
Diary / Journal
Just write about whatever you want. Keep it honest and don’t do any inner editing while writing. Kept up over time, your journal will record your reoccurring thought patterns, worries and behaviours as well as be a source of joyous experiences.
Keep the pen and log book by the bed so you can begin writing immediately upon waking. Don’t let planning for the new day interrupt your thoughts. Record your dreams with as much detail as possible for they could be reminiscent of something in your present or past.
There are no limitations with free-writing. No structure, grammar or punctuation need apply. Just write where the mind and heart guide you.
Timed writing means writing on a spontaneous or predetermined topic to a timer or stopwatch. Start with 10 minutes every other day.
Just jump right in using prompts – yours or others. The rest will flow.
Write a letter but don’t send it. You don’t have to worry about the receiver replying because they’ll never get the letter. Write what you feel. It can be a yearning, forgiveness or finality. Be sure to keep the letter safe or destroy it safely.