How Expressive Writing Can Support Your Mental Health

How Expressive Writing Can Support Your Mental Health

12/9/2017

By Karen Dempsey, Writer and Psychotherapist

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About Journaling

Journaling, by writing with a pencil in hand, is a way to make connections to the part of your brain that deals with emotions. I am suggesting that you consider journaling about your feeling related to your family relationships. Even one sentence a day can be enlightening. One day you could write about what your grateful for in your family, another day about miscommunications you experience, and another day what you love and appreciate about your family members and/or about what they do that drives you crazy. You could also write a letter to your child self and provide nurturing you didn’t get. Or write to your 90 year old self and ask for advice. The point is to go inside yourself by writing to gain more insight into your feelings that are below the surface. You don’t have to share these in a session unless you would like to. It’s just for you.