Low mood, lethargy, panic attacks and generally feeling miserable, are not the ideal emotions to attempt expressive writing. Even so, once pen is put to paper, writing can be rewarding and therapeutic. What I suggest in my book, from my own experience with depression and also with my one to ones, is to take a piece … More Writing in Depression
Grief never ends…But it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…It is the price of love. In life we encounter many losses: identity; wealth; health; relationships and death, being the most obvious. Life continues, we grieve, cry and pick ourselves up. … More Write Grief to a Better Place
Happy New Year! As a new year comes I think of my New Year’s resolutions, like most people do. I look through my journals of the past 12 months and see if my hopes and desires have materialised. More often than not, what I had set out to do with good intentions, changed course, sometimes … More Write 2016, re-drafting all the way!!
Writing can help with stress, leadership abilities, physical and psychological health. Work life can be stressful. There are targets to meet, competitors to beat and the ever ending responsibility of keeping employment morale high. If your staff are not happy, your business is not happy. Happy staff are healthy staff! According to government statistics stress affects: one … More Writing for Team Building
If you are in the helping profession; counselling, mentoring, life coach or health care, you may have clients, or patients who would benefit from writing their emotions down. The benefit for the helper is that they will get a glimpse into the workings of the person’s mind. Sometimes it is easier to express deep seated … More Talking Therapies vs Writing Therapies
Expressive writing is using writing to express feelings and emotions. This can be done by keeping a journal, but can also include using other forms of writing such as story telling, writing unsent letters and dream exploration. The benefits of expressive writing are many, including: improve emotional well being impact positively on health reduce stress … More The Benefits of Expressive Writing within a Group
For someone who finds writing as much a necessity as breathing, it is difficult for me to believe that others do not feel the same. So here I will try and convince all those who don’t write, why they should try it. We all have learnt how to write at school at some point. We … More Why write?
“We meet ourselves time and time again in a thousand disguises on the path of life” Carl Jung I love Fairy Tales! There is something safe in fairy tales, even if there is a baddie lurking in the woods or in the deep chambers of a castle. The characters and themes in these seemingly innocent … More The Power of Metaphor