Writing can be an incredible tool to help you manage and boost your mental health. You do not need to be an expert. You don’t even need any special tools. In fact all you need is a pen and paper, laptop, phone or tablet.
Poetry is fantastic for you to just express yourself. You can write within a set of rules or without any, it’s entirely up to you. If you are someone who enjoys reading poetry, this may be the option for you.
This can be a way to get your thoughts and feelings out, using a method that is short and not as time consuming as some of our other methods. You can explore your experiences and give flight to them in verses and stanzas, it can rhyme or just be words on the page.
We have a more detailed article on Poetry that could give you more insight.
From short stories to full novels, writing fiction can give you an escape. It can relieve your mind of your worries for a short time.
Writing fiction can be a labour of love. All you need to start is an idea. Build a world that is vastly different from your own, one that you can venture into when times are tough. OR, create one where you can work through anxieties and worries with your characters. Either way this is an incredibly fun and rewarding way to give your mental health a boost.
There are many different types of journals. Each with their own benefits and focusing on a specific area.
Guided journals can help you on your journey, prompting you. They have pages dedicated to trackers and gratitude, positivity and self care.
Blank journals leave the journey to you. You can include whatever you want. It is a way to organise your thoughts and feelings according to your own rules.
The beauty is that there are journals for everything now. You can buy Gratitude Journals, Overthinking Journals, Worry and Anxiety Journals and many more.
Lists are wonderful. Short and sharp, a list can give you a little release and a mini boost.
Sometimes our brains are just overwhelmed with information and one of the best ways to deal with that can be to write a list.
We all write shopping, Christmas and To-Do lists, but lists can be about anything. Write bullet points on how to tackle a difficult situation, or what meals to eat that week. You can focus on the jobs in the house, or maybe fun activities you’d like to do. Or you can just list everything that comes to mind, a stream on consciousness list.
Yes, diaries from when we were kids and wrote all of our exciting experiences and woes. Who we had a crush on and who had upset us. Diaries can be extremely cathartic, allowing us to divulge our inner most thoughts and feelings to the pages of a book. With a diary there really are no rules at all. Talk about your day, trauma, stress, worry, happiness, drama, whatever you need to explore.
Our final writing activity to help lift your mood, is using a planner. Planners are fantastic for doing what you might expect, planning. There is more to them than meets the eye though.
You will definitely feel more organised and have a better idea of how your day, week or month looks, when using a planner. That sense of awareness is freeing and helps you to better organise your time around the things you know you need to get donw.
Planners can be so much more than that though. With planners that help you arrange meals, jot down lists, reflect on your day or week and much more. We created The Wonder Planner 1 for this reason. It not only gives you a way to get ready for the days ahead, but gives you space to reflect, budget, tackle big jobs and much, much more.
Whatever method of writing you use, you will hopefully find that it can really make a difference to how you feel and your ability to cope with all manner of things. Do you write? Tell us about it over on TikTok, Instagram, Threads, Facebook and Twitter. If you write fiction or poetry, we would love to find out more and maybe share it with our readers!