5 Mindful Writing Exercises for your Self-Care Toolkit

“Write hard and clear about what hurts.” 

Ernest Hemingway

 

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Our thoughts can often be all consuming. We can feel locked in by our internal dialogue, unable to escape.

Writing is a great way to process your thoughts, relax your mind and gain clarity. A 2011 study published in the journal of science found that students who journalled were better able to ease their anxieties.

Benefits also include:

  • Boosting self-esteem
  • Creating “Me” time
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Increasing creativity
  • Letting go of thoughts

As simple as it sounds, writing can be incredibly daunting. What should I write? How should I write it? And our inner critic asks, is it good enough?

Mindful writing has been in my self-care toolkit since 2018. I’ve incorporated into my daily and weekly routines alongside meditation. I can speak first hand of the benefits listed above, especially the ability to let thoughts go by writing them down.

I have developed several different writing exercises which i’m sharing here so you can add mindful writing to your self-care toolkit.

5 Mindful Writing Exercises

  1. Become more present
  2. Examine a difficult relationship
  3. Explore Your Identity
  4. Relax physical pain
  5. Increase Emotional Awareness

Download Mindful Writing Exercises

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