Mental Health Week
Day Two – Receptive Release
Time: 30-45 minutes
Today is about listening to, and releasing your thoughts in the form of a writing exercise. You can either hand write or type.
I’ve always found writing a very useful tool to suss out the inner workings of my mind, so I thought I’d pass this on to you! Once I’ve settled my mind and actually let myself relax, I get into a brilliant flow. It’s literally like my mind is emptying itself onto the pages. I call it a mind dump….very glamorous!
I’d like you to sit yourself down and write what’s on your mind. As simple as that. It can be absolutely ANYTHING. You don’t need to write profound thoughts, deep dark secrets (unless they are on your mind), or a great speech. If you have a long list of errands to run, write about them. If you’re worried, write about it. See what message your mind is trying to give you. Maybe you’re hungry and wondering what to make for dinner? Perhaps you’ve been putting something off and writing it down will help you work through why you’ve been procrastinating.
I’ve done something similar before and just wrote “What the hell am I doing this for? How is this useful? I have nothing to write. Words. Write write write. What am I? I’m worried I work too much…” And from there I’ve written a spiel about my worries and doubts, and managed to find a solution.
P.S: you don’t have to keep the writing. You may have some worries that you don’t want anyone else to read. It’s perfectly ok to delete/throw away what you’ve written. Remember that this about you and your mental health. Find what works for you and go with it. The act of writing it down is enough to provide you with some clarity around what is dominating your thoughts.
Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. – E.L Doctorow
I’d recommend making this a daily practice throughout this month. It will allow you to keep track of your thought patterns and you’ll be able to identify any stressful triggers. From there you can move forward to making solutions, and you’ll be one step closer to a stress free life! Ah, the dream…!
I’ve committed myself to this exercise for a couple of weeks now, and the recurring thoughts I have are about feeling tired, and finding focus to write a book proposal. I have become aware of my thought patterns and how they impact my day. By using this method I’ve been able to progress toward a solution, which, as always (for me), is simple: just get on and do it and have confidence. The difference this time is that I actually feel confident and focused rather than deflated.
I hope this task provides you with that same clarity and feeling!
Be happy. Be you.