Write On! How to Empty your brain to reduce stress

Non-stop writing, stream of consciousness, free writing . . . it doesn’t matter what you call it – it can change your brain, change your day, change your relationships, change your life.

I’m not being overly dramatic as there is a body of research which shows that simply putting pen to paper changes your brain.

Easy Peasy Writing How-to

Write on! by Peggy

Choose a focus – a situation, feeling, thought and create a “topic Sentence”  If you can’t think of a specific begin with “Right this moment I am thinking . . . ” or “I am feeling . . .” or ” “I can’t think of anything . . . “

It can be anything in the past, the present or the future.

  • Use a pen that writes smoothly and comfortable to your hand.  Don’t use a keyboard since the act of writing with your hand is important.  Your small muscle movement is expressive (much like artistic expression, your handwriting is unique to you.  It doesn’t matter if it’s legible or beautiful as the movement registers with your brain in ways that tapping out letters on a keyboard do not).
  • Set a timer for approximately 20 minutes.  It takes that long for your unconscious brain to push through your logical thinking processes.
  • Use a journal, a piece of paper, a brown bag – it doesn’t matter.
  • Start with your “topic sentence”, thought, feeling . . . just start. 
  • Write continuously for 20 minutes, never letting the pen stop.  If your mind goes blank simply makes loop-d-loops with the pen until you have words to put down. Write quickly, spontaneously, intuitively.  It doesn’t matter what you write just put down on paper where your mind takes you.
  • Do not be concerned about spelling, punctuation or grammar.
  • Do not be concerned if it doesn’t make sense.

Read  research How Writing About Past Failures May Help You Succeed In The Present,  click here

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6 thoughts on “Write On! How to Empty your brain to reduce stress

  1. Is there a correlation between this pen to paper brain activity and the brain activity caused by coloring in an adult coloring book?

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    • Laren,
      That’s a great question. The adult coloring is a form of “meditation” which does alter brain chemistry. When coloring there should be no to a minimum of distraction to be treated as a meditative form.
      Writing involves areas of the brain that meditation doesn’t. For difficult or painful experiences writing about them creates an “objective observer” of the situation which seems to actually shift the memory into a more “neutral” emotional trigger. Interactive (one-on-one) guided imagery does the same.

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    • Shari,
      You have a good memory – yes, we did this a few times – with variations – at the HeART of Spirituality workshops. It is a great way to begin to express things that are conscious and hover just under.

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