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How writing can help you heal

Over the years I’ve learned many lessons, but one remains clear: writing is a great form of self expression, and it can help you heal.

In my lowest times, I’ve turned to my journals, pouring my pain and heartache onto the paper with words. 

In my best times, I’ve confided in my journals like a close friend, sharing my excitement and plans for the future.

I’ve experienced the power writing has to reconnect with Self, to explore thoughts and emotions, and to experience the power of my words.

I love to create opportunities for other people to experience it too.

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - a quote by Maya Angelou, applied to writing.

Writing together

Therapeutic writing is a form of self-exploration and expression that can have significant benefits for your mental health and emotional well-being, such as:

  • helping to process emotions
  • reducing stress
  • boosts creativity
  • encourages self-reflection
  • helping to process trauma
  • promoting self care
  • builds on communication skills

As a writer and author, I’ve delivered multiple workshops over the years, and I have observed the power of creating in a supportive environment.

When people come together to engage in a shared experience, therapeutic writing workshops create room for a sense of connection and support. People can find validation in hearing the stories and experiences of those around them, and this can help develop a greater sense of empathy and understanding.

Expressing ourselves in this way is a powerful tool for improving mental and emotional wellbeing. I’m so glad I get to be part of this process through the delivery of writing workshops.

Flow: A shared creative experience

I’m receating this experience with the new Flow programme, in partnership with Bethel Health & Healing Network.

Flow: A writing programme for women who have experienced perinatal loss at any point in their lives.

Join sessions that introduce therapeutic writing practices as a healing tool, with writing exercises that inspire creativity and self-expression.

Limited spaces available.

Deadline: Friday 10th March.
Sign up now: www.bit.ly/flowwriting.
For more information: email info@annikaspalding.co.uk

Applicants must live in Birmingham.

I held a webinar last week about the programme, but the main points were:

  • Flow is a fully funded writing programme for women who have experienced perinatal loss
  • You must be based in Birmingham or Solihull to apply
  • Anything you write belongs to you
  • Sessions are not recorded
  • Flow is not a replacement for counselling or group therapy, but a lived experience peer support worker will be in each session and she can signpost you to relevant support if necessary

You can see the recording of the webinar below:

Sign up information

There are a total of 10 places for this writing programme, but I expect them to fill up fast. If you’re thinking about joining, do so at your earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment.

Deadline: Friday 10th March  

Places will be confirmed on Monday 13th March

Of course, if you have any questions about this, please feel free to email me at info@annikaspalding.co.uk

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