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“We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding. We write because writing is good for the soul…” – Author Julia Cameron

CompassWhen you’re in need of guidance, find direction at the tip of your pen. Writing is a powerful way to release emotions, and helps us focus in on what we’re feeling. Clarity and insight comes from seeing what’s written on paper in front of you. Most of us have many thoughts and emotions swirling in our minds at any given point. When we’re not able to voice or otherwise release our ideas, feelings, or emotions out loud, they can get buried deep inside and cause lots of negative energy. Writing connects us to these insights, like a mirror to our inner voice, and allows us to release them.

Write when you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, scared, angry, stuck, or confused. You can also write when you’re bored, happy, or appreciative. Discover feelings, emotions, and new ideas that you might never have uncovered otherwise. It’s especially helpful to write down questions. You don’t need to answer them; sometimes just asking questions helps to organize thoughts. Be as creative as you want because there are no limits when it comes to writing!

Woman writing at tableTo get the most out of writing, it’s important to use a pen or pencil and paper and not type on a computer or phone. There’s something personal that connects you to pen and paper that’s different from using a device with a screen. Putting pen to paper helps boost memory and the ability to understand, more so than computers, which can give you greater insight into your thoughts. Physically moving the pen on paper allows you to be more creative, writing in any style and adding images, without the distractions that come with computers. When you write directly onto paper, you’re creating a powerful connection between your brain and your body.

Writing also allows you to be in the present moment. Whether you’re journaling or telling a story, you’re literally writing down thoughts as you have them, which has numerous health benefits. Best of all, writing is free, and you can do it anywhere!

Tips for adding writing into your day:

  • Free write. Find a quiet spot and write whatever comes to mind for at least 10 minutes. Write without stopping to think about what you’re putting on paper and without censoring yourself. You’ll be amazed at what comes out.
  • Keep a pen and pad of paper by your bed. When you can’t sleep, write down anything and everything that’s on your mind. Once it’s on paper, these thoughts are not weighing as much on your mind, which allows you to sleep easier.
  • Keep a gratitude journal. Each day, write something that you’re thankful for. Once you focus on the positive, you’ll find the number of things you’re grateful for will increase.

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