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Therapeutic writing workshop

This post is based on a handout I created for a 2-hour workshop on getting started with writing for wellbeing. Research shows that writing can benefit your health and wellbeing, but so far no-one knows how it works. No special … Continue reading

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Journals and diaries

If you do only one kind of writing to help your wellbeing do this … keep a journal or diary. A dated diary, a lined notebook or a book with blank pages; decorated or plain; large or small. The choices … Continue reading

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Random input as inspiration for writing

Edward De Bono has written about using random input in creative thinking and problem solving. I find I can get writing inspiration from random words, pictures, things, etc. I’ve created a handout sheet with some ideas for using random input … Continue reading

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Writing for wellbeing

How to Get Started with Writing for Wellbeing… You could write a story, or a poem, or write about your hopes for the future or about a place you’d like to visit. Write what you feel like writing, two lines … Continue reading

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Freewriting

I recommend 2 kinds of freewriting – writing everything that comes into your head for 5 minutes with no stimulus to get you started, and writing for 2, 3 or 5 minutes using words or objects as inspiration. Write for … Continue reading

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Therapeutic Writing – Creating Fictional Characters

Can it be therapeutic to create a fictional character and write about them? I think it can, and I give some ideas for doing that in this sheet. Feel free to print off multiple copies of the sheet provided that … Continue reading

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Reflective Writing

This sheet introduces the idea of Reflective Writing for wellbeing and personal development. Feel free to print multiple copies as long as you don’t alter the sheet in any way. Best wishes, Carol. Reflective Writing

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How to get started with mindful writing for wellbeing

I’m quite a fan of mindful writing and often use it in my therapeutic writing groups in mental health wards. I encourage you to give it a go – why not try a few minutes mindful writing every morning. Here’s … Continue reading

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