• Monique Peats

The Power of Writing Therapy

Writing therapy can help you with personal growth, practice creative expression, and feel a sense of empowerment and control over your life. It is important to note however, that the process of writing therapy differs from keeping a journal, which can help improve memory or record the happenings of the day.

Regular therapeutic writing can help you process things, find perspective, improve decision-making, Increase self-awareness and find meaning in your experiences. It can also lead to important insights about yourself and your environment.

Overall, writing therapy has proven effective for many conditions or mental illnesses, including:

  • Post Traumatic stress, Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Grief and loss, Chronic illness issues, Substance abuse, Eating disorders, Interpersonal relationship issues, Communication skill issues, Low self-esteem (Farooqui, 2016).

In individuals who have experienced a traumatic or extremely stressful event, expressive writing can have a significant healing effect. In fact, participants in a study who wrote about their most traumatic experiences for 15 minutes, four days in a row, experienced better health outcomes up to four months later (Baikie & Wilhelm, 2005).

Another study suggested that expressive writing may even improve immune system functioning, although it may need to be sustained for the health benefits to continue (Murray, 2002).

Practise now and write freely as if no one else will read it.

This sheet is not saved or stored, this is your safe place to process your thoughts.

If you’re stuck here are some writing Prompts

  • Write a letter to yourself

  • Write letters to others

  • Write a poem

  • Vent (write everything that comes to mind)

  • Write with a photo - “What do you feel when you look at it?” or “What do you want to say to the people, places, or things in it”?

  • If you could talk to your teenage self.

  • 30 things that make you smile.

  • The words you’d like to live by are.

  • What you wish others knew about you.

  • What always brings tears to your eyes?

  • Use 10 words, describe yourself.

  • Write a list of questions to which you urgently need answers.

  • What was something good that happened?

  • What was something you’re looking forward to?

  • What are you afraid of?

  • What do you need most in your life or the day ahead right now?

  • What do you appreciate about yourself or someone else?