Writing is world-renowned for being one of the most therapeutic pastimes around, so it comes as no surprise that an increasing number of people are using the practice to reach a state of mindfulness. However, not only will it help you achieve mindfulness, but it can also help you to become more self-acceptant, more confident and it can help you understand yourself better.
Today, we’ll explore several ways that you can use writing to bring these benefits to your life, helping you to become a happier, healthier, more uplifted you.
Learn to Open Your Mind
One of the key aspects of becoming mindful is opening your mind up to the world around you. Through writing, you can become aware of how you view the world around you, helping you to learn new ideas, explore new concepts and become increasingly aware of how the people around you feel.
Through writing, you’ll be able to achieve all this in a non-judgemental way, stepping outside of the bubble that you would usually call your comfort zone.
Have you ever driven anywhere and then come to the realization that you don’t remember the drive at all? What were you thinking about? Did anything happen on the drive? Who knows, but if this happens to you, it might pay to become more mindful.
This is because your mind isn’t focused on the present moment and is instead off thinking about other things. Though writing, you’re actively training yourself to focus on the present moment and the details of the present moment. Because you’ll be thinking about as much detail as you can remember when you write, training your mind to remember the details or be aware of them in the first place, throughout everyday life.
Organising Your Thoughts
Writing is simply the art of putting words into sentences. However, these sentences can transport you to faraway places. It can create places in your mind that don’t exist, and it can make you feel for characters that are completely made up.
However, you can use this mastery to organize your own thoughts and feelings. Whether you’re writing notes, keeping a diary or creating a blog, getting your thoughts down on paper, however you feel comfortable doing so, is a great way to relieve some brain space.
Riley Stevens, a writing expert for PaperFellows, continues;
“It doesn’t matter how you start writing or what format you’re writing in when it comes to mindfulness writing. Simply put your pen to paper, or fingers to your keyboard, and start writing whatever comes to mind. You’d be surprised how easy it becomes once you start to find your flow.”
Building Up Your Confidence
Many of us, although we don’t like to straight-up admit it, is guided by fear of the unknown, uncertainty, worry, anxiousness and insecurity. This is fine, this happens to us all from time to time, but it’s worth remembering that you don’t have to live this way.
Many of us have become trapped in this mindset, mainly due to how we grew up. Imagine you’re a child walking home from school with your friends and parents. If you were to climb on a low brick wall and you’re trying to balance while walking down it, what’s the first thing your parents say?
Usually, it will be something along the lines of ‘don’t fall’. After decades of having this kind of attitude, the caring kind, don’t get me wrong, it’s hard-wired into our brains to think about the what if’s and the situation of falling, rather than the situation of succeeding.
By writing down your thoughts and feelings, you’re giving yourself the opportunity to address these worries, so you don’t have to worry anymore. Over time, this will help you to become a lot more self-confident and headstrong in your own abilities.
Writing Helps You to Listen
Although writing is a relatively independent activity, a lot of what you write about will come from external sources. With the focus of writing later in your day fresh in your mind, you’ll notice you’ll become a lot more cautious about what people are saying, and you’ll be improving your memory simultaneously.