Writing Therapy & Journalling
Keeping A Therapy Journal
It is a good way to relieve stress and boost your immunity. Writing can help you evolve a rainbow of feelings, to express yourself and move through life in flow. The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied your right brain is free to create, access intuition and feel. Journal writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brain power to better understand yourself, others and the world around you. Writing, using a stream of consciousness entails allowing yourself to write without censoring your thoughts or feeling without direction. Not being concerned with the next word, the content or what you will write next. By staying out of the way and letting the words pour out, you will discover they have an unmistakable power of their own.
Health benefits of Journalling include helping to strengthen the immune system, by increasing T-cell counts. Writing about stressful events helps you come to terms with them, reducing the impact of these painful events and memories on your mind/body health.
By regularly recording your thoughts you will gain insight into your behaviours and moods.
Top tips for Journal writing
Journalling can be used for problem-solving and stress reduction. It’s been proven to improve mental and physical health. It can lead to increased self-esteem.
Along side psychotherapy it serves as an important adjunct recording important moments on your journey.
It is a safe place to reflect on the material you explore in sessions, including recording any tasks set in psychotherapy.
The best time to write in your journal is when you are in the grip of emotion. Recording dreams, thoughts, events, moments that have moved or touched you in some way.
Therapy Journal writing is confronting and powerful, sitting in silent witness to all of the activity in your life accepting what is and expressing it.
When there is nothing left express after about 20 minutes or more your entire being will be more lighter calmer and grounded and centred.
Get yourself a journal
Tap into your flow
Keep it simple,
Keep it Private,
Write Frequently. Write by hand using a pen and paper notebook, it involves a different part of your brain than typing does. Your emotional recall will be greater; your handwriting can reveal to you your emotional state.
Start by writing about where you are in your life at this moment in your Psychotherapy Journal.
Cultivate an attitude of gratitude by maintaining a daily list of things you appreciate, including uplifting quotes. This can be completed before you get out of bed.