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Write your way to better mental health

16 May 2017 Blog
Mental health
Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be one of the simplest ways to clear your mind. In this article, mental health nurse Cindy Foot shares her recommended methods of writing things down.

In this article, mental health nurse Cindy Foot shares her recommended methods of writing things down.

“Putting your thoughts and feelings on paper is a great way to unclutter your mind and give you a chance to assess your thoughts,” she says.

“It benefits your emotional wellbeing by allowing you to think more clearly and see your thoughts in a different way.”

Cindy's recommended methods to start writing down your thoughts and feelings:

  • Keep a daily journal of your thoughts and feelings
  • Write yourself a “to do” list and make tasks achievable and remember to tick them off at the end of the day
  • Compile a list of two to three things that you are grateful for, reflect on these and be proud of your achievements
  • Create and write down a daily self-affirmation – consider something a close friend or family member might say about you
  • Send an email or card to a friend
  • Make a list of activities for the week ahead.

“Journaling can help you keep track of your day-to-day stressors and symptoms. It allows you to recognise and respond to unhelpful automatic reactions,” Cindy says.

“Planning your goals can provide an opportunity to try something different and engage in a balanced lifestyle.

“Writing down your thoughts helps you then talk them out with other people.”

So go on, write it down.

Cindy Foot - Director of Nursing
Cindy has been the Director of Nursing at St John of God Burwood Hospital since 2014. Cindy has strong involvement in the improvement of our services including revision of nursing care practice and the introduction of the transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) service.