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The Write Stuff - 5 Ways to Practice Expressive Writing

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The Write Stuff - 5 Ways to Practice Expressive Writing
Whether you use pen and paper, keyboard and computer, or thumbs and a touchscreen, most of us spend our days writing. If you add up the minutes that you spend composing emails, text messages, Google searches, social media posts, calendar entries, and grocery lists, you might be surprised

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Expressive writing

Expressive writing is writing for the purpose of putting your own thoughts and feelings into words and it can be a powerful way to enhance overall wellbeing.

It focuses on expressing and describing your emotional experiences. This method doesn’t worry itself with the rules of writing, grammar, and spelling.

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Expressive writing activities

Expressive writing activities
  • Try Journaling: Putting words to our emotions often helps us understand them in a new way, and process them more effectively.
  • Schedule writing into your routine: e.g. Morning pages.
  • Find inspiration in music: Put on a random playlist and transcribe the images, memories and emotions that the music evokes for you.
  • Practice letter writing: Unspoken thoughts or feelings can feel like a heavy burden to carry. Consider putting these sentiments into a letter.
  • Expressing gratitude: Writing about people or experiences that we feel grateful for can help us maintain focus on the aspects of life that are hopeful and meaningful.

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