• Toby Sinclair

5 Mindful Writing Exercises for your Self-Care Toolkit

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

“Write hard and clear about what hurts.”  Ernest Hemingway

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Our thoughts can often be all consuming. We can feel locked in by our internal dialogue, unable to escape.

Writing is a great way to process your thoughts, relax your mind and gain clarity. A 2011 study published in the journal of science found that students who journalled were better able to ease their anxieties.

Benefits also include:

  1. Boosting self-esteem

  2. Creating “Me” time

  3. Relieves stress and anxiety

  4. Increasing creativity

  5. Letting go of thoughts

As simple as it sounds, writing can be incredibly daunting. What should I write? How should I write it? And our inner critic asks, is it good enough?

Mindful writing has been in my self-care toolkit since 2018. I’ve incorporated into my daily and weekly routines alongside meditation. I can speak first hand of the benefits listed above, especially the ability to let thoughts go by writing them down.

I have developed several different writing exercises which i’m sharing here so you can add mindful writing to your self-care toolkit.

5 Mindful Writing Exercises

  1. Become more present

  2. Examine a difficult relationship

  3. Explore Your Identity

  4. Relax physical pain

  5. Increase Emotional Awareness

Download Mindful Writing Exercises