Therapeutic writing: what it is and how to exploit it with simple exercises.
Fill your paper with the breaths of your heart.William Wordsworth
I enjoy writing and for years I have made extensive use of writing for my personal and professional growth.
I don't just write goals and lists, but I do real exercises to increase my awareness.
In this article we see gods simple therapeutic writing inputs to improve ourselves that I have refined along the way.
What is therapeutic writing
Therapeutic writing is one psychological tool which has proven and sometimes very rapid benefits.
Although it is an activity that develops over time, already from the first uses it is possible to notice extraordinary benefits.
Therapeutic writing has many benefits.
- It allows us to lighten the daily stressful load
- Therapeutic writing exercises take us into the depths of our selves
- Writing can be of great help in overcoming mental blocks and limiting beliefs
- It allows us to give a frame to our memories, our sufferings and our emotions to overcome them
- It frees us from the heaviest secrets for our conscience
- It can act as a kind of liberating confession
- It can greatly increase our awareness and consequently our inner strength
Now that we are aware of the benefits, let's see how to do the therapeutic writing exercises.
How to do the therapeutic writing exercises
To get the most benefit from therapeutic writing it is necessary write by hand with pen and paper.
I know that we are no longer used to it and that the temptation to just think is very strong.
But if we really want to take advantage of therapeutic writing, it is very important to write by hand.
But there are other helpful tips for using this tool.
- Get in the habit of writing something every day
- Make an effort to write as much as possible, don't just answer monosyllables but always argue what you wrote
- Give value to your therapeutic writing by creating a special notebook, the classic Moleskine is always good
- Do not be in a hurry to carry out the exercises and set aside some time specifically dedicated to it
- Don't assume what you might write but focus on getting deeper
- Try to let go of the limits imposed by education and write down what you feel inside
Now let's move on to the real ones writing exercises.
27 therapeutic writing exercises
- If you were to wake up in the morning and find that you don't have to do anything, what would you do today? Write at least 5 lines in your notebook.
- What are the 3 flaws that don't make you feel good about yourself? List them and argue them.
- What are the 3 compliments received that made you feel good about yourself? Write what they are, who you got them from and how you felt.
- Write one thing that you would say to yourself as a child if you could talk to him. Also describe how you would explain this to him and at what moment you would intercept him.
- Describe the memory that absolutely makes you happiest and argue for it.
- Who are the 3 people in the world that you trust the most? Also describe how they gained your trust.
- How do you think others see you and why? Write at least 5 lines in your notebook.
- What is the biggest fear you have of the future? Why are you worried?
- What would you like to be remembered for? What do you wish was written on your epitaph?
- Write down 3 things you would do right away if you were no longer afraid of anything and if you were sure you could not fail in any way.
- What would you like your life to be like in 10 years? Describe your ideal day by including actions, people and places.
- Describe a dream you remember as accurately as possible and try to give it meaning.
- Describe the dynamics that led you to cry last time: what you felt, how you felt after and what was the trigger.
- Write a letter to yourself in 5 years. What things would you tell him, what would you like to know? Write at least 5 lines in your notebook.
- Write a letter to your parents, whether you want to or can deliver it or not. What would you like to tell him?
- Write down 3 things you forgive yourself for and why. Argue accurately and thoroughly.
- Write a letter to your first love or someone you have had very strong feelings for. Write it for yourself, you don't need to hand it in.
- Describe the worst thing you think you have done in your life.
- Describe the last favor you did to another person: how you felt and how you feel when you think about that event.
- What are the secrets you are keeping? Write down both your secrets and those that have been shared with you.
- Write down what you would like others to know about you and how you think they would react.
- What interests have you cultivated in the past? List any interests you have had in the past and write down why you abandoned them.
- Imagine stepping out of your body and entering another person. What would you see of yourself from the outside?
- What would you like to have learned from your parents? What skill would you like to have cultivated as a child and why?
- List 3 aspects of your body that you particularly like and describe a situation for each in which you remember that you were complimented on those parts.
- What is the thing that angers you the most? Describe it by inserting some examples and note why it causes you this negative feeling. Write at least 5 lines in your notebook.
- If the world ends tomorrow, what would your regrets be? Write at least 5.
Other profound therapeutic writing tools
Therapeutic writing can be used to improve many aspects of ourselves.
To learn more, I leave you the list of articles in which I explained how to use writing for personal development.
- Writing exercises for self-esteem
- How to write a personal diary
- The devastating technique of the stream of consciousness
- The exercise to re-evaluate the past