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How writing down your worries can help you leave them behind

Worries can tend to hook themselves onto us like sticky burrs, taking up valuable mental resources and headspace, often with the ‘snowball’ effect of gaining in size and momentum the longer we allow them to hang around in the hope that they will just ‘go away’. Human instinct often tells us to side-step facing our difficult thoughts and feelings head-on, and we can become highly adept at avoidance tactics, Read more [...]
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Writing Expressively for Grief and Loss

The beautiful Coates Centre barn provided the setting for a February 'Write your Mind' workshop taster in expressive writing for wellbeing. The Coates Centre in Lymington sits next to Oakhaven Hospice, and offers free support and information for those whose lives have been impacted by illness. This morning workshop was one of a range of wellbeing activities and complementary therapies on offer, aimed at helping Read more [...]
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Six steps to making and keeping some New Year Resolutions – and how writing can help

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to think about setting some healthy, achievable goals for the future. Writing down some New Year Resolutions can fill you with fresh resolve and a sense of purpose and energy. It can really help to spend a bit of time reflecting on what your best resolutions could be. And recording them in a notebook or diary can help to sort, reframe and focus thoughts and feelings Read more [...]
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Write your Way to the Life you Want…

Expressive writing can open up powerful ways of tapping into and exploring our inner worlds: what we are feeling, what motivates and drives us, as well as what might be causing us to become stuck, clinging onto unhelpful entrenched beliefs, and holding us back from living the life we wish for. Added to this, the fact that regular writing helps calm the mind and according to research, even helps physical wounds Read more [...]
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On-Board with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

I was recently invited to offer Writing for Wellbeing taster sessions to conference participants in the Wellbeing Hub of the NHS Nursing and Allied Health Professionals Conference for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, at the Ageas Bowl Hilton in Southampton. Throughout the day participants from across the spectrum joined me for some lively sessions where they were thrown in at the deep end, with a quick Read more [...]
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Writing for Wellbeing Workshop – Lyndhurst, September 2017

Something powerful happens when people come together and write. Despite the stormy weather and rain this week as autumn made its presence felt, the sun shone and provided a wonderful backdrop to this day workshop in writing for wellbeing. Ten participants came together with aims that ranged from wanting to explore creativity through writing, incorporating writing practice into therapy work and teaching, to finding Read more [...]
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6 Ways to Recharge the Soul….. It’s the little things that count

These are some of the things in my life that make me feel happy and top up my battery-levels. They don’t have to be hugely life-changing actions or expensive, awe-inspiring events – sometimes it takes something simple to provide that feel-good, happy-to-be-alive moment.   1. Get on your bike Even though I live in the stunning New Forest with over 200 miles of cycle track, and I know it’s Read more [...]
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Writing for Wellbeing – for Professionals, Groups and Organisations

Write your Mind workshops can be tailored to your group or organisation; the experience of working together with friends or work colleagues can be really beneficial to the team as a whole; it can be challenging, illuminating, confidence-building and even fun. It can feel moving both to express some of what is written in the presence of team members, as well as to be listened to respectfully, in an accepting Read more [...]
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Writing for Happiness

The poet William Wordsworth understood something of the power of writing when he said:“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” Many of us have already discovered the benefits of creative and expressive writing, helping to calm us and increase feelings of wellbeing, particularly at times when life’s challenges such as loss or change can threaten to knock us off-course. As a child I spent Read more [...]
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Creativity and Wellbeing

The paediatrician and psychoanalyst Donald Winnicot said that it is only in play that the individual discovers the self. Creativity is at the heart of therapeutic development and positive change; the ability to approach something with an openness and a curiosity to see what might come up, to find ways of getting at what sits just beyond our conscious minds, allowing it to emerge into the light to be viewed, Read more [...]

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