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Writing for Well-being in the NHS…

Participants at the NHS Nursing and Allied Health Professionals Conference for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust in Southampton were recently invited to 'Write their Mind' with reflective writing taster sessions on offer in the Well-being Hub. 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 warm-up of a 3 minute 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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Joined up Writing

Writing for ourselves can be hugely therapeutic; it is something I have done, in various forms, all through my life. It helps us to remember, to understand, to uncover memories and feelings previously unconscious or forgotten, enabling us to make new sense of ourselves and our experiences. But what are the benefits of writing in a group setting?. Like many other practices for which groups of people come together Read more [...]
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Writing for Mindfulness – ‘Pause and Reflect’

What is it we are doing when we make space for ourselves amongst the hubbub of our busy lives? What does mindfulness practice mean, and how does it link with writing for wellbeing? Mindfulness – and reflective writing, are about our relationship with ourselves, and have in common the conscious setting-aside of some time that is simply for focusing on us – switching to what presents itself only in the present Read more [...]
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Writer’s Block: 5 Tricks for Keeping the Pen Moving

Regular free-writing (see blog on 'Silencing the Inner Critic') seems to go against all the rules of 'proper, grown-up' writing, and requires practice! To write unedited can sometimes feel like we are spouting a stream of rubbish, wasting our time, not focusing on what's important. But through tricking the conscious, critical mind into allowing our unconscious thoughts and processes to reach the page, we can Read more [...]
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Silencing the Inner Critic

Most of us have deep associations with the process of putting words to paper, which usually begin when we are learning to write at school. We are being judged from the outset, encouraged to think about what we are writing, checking that we are using correct spelling and punctuation, and developing an inner critical voice that censors our words as they hit the page. As we grow older, any creative expression we Read more [...]

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