Improve Emotional Clutter by Writing

Monday, April 04, 2016

Clutter can be more than just physical objects. Clutter can also be mental or emotional. To help with my mental and/or emotional clutter, I like to write things down. Here are some tips that I use with my clients.

Write for a few minutes everyday
When I write, I don't write for a specific amount of time. However, if you're new to journaling, try writing for just a few minutes.

Message someone
Sometimes when I have a question or can't figure something out, I'll email or text one of my good friends. This allows me to see my response and to clarify what I want to say. Once in awhile, I can figure out my own problem by just looking at what I wrote to my friend. And if I don't figure it out, I can see their reply and remember it correctly, compared to if I hear their response verbally. This way I won't remember anything incorrectly.

Make it public
If you're up for it, try sharing your writing and experiences with others. Sometimes it's scary to post personal things to people you don't know, such as the internet, but it can also help you feel less alone. Writing this blog has helped me exponentially and I'm grateful for those of you who read this.

Write to your past self
We've all made mistakes that we can't seem to forgive ourselves for. The past can't be changed, but we can change our reaction to the past. Forgive yourself, you deserve it.

Write to your future self
This is something I like to use with clients who aren't sober yet. This let's them set goals for themselves and to give them confidence. It's also fun to look back and see what you've written.

Write whatever comes to mind
Write whatever comes to your mind. Really. It doesn't have to make sense. You don't even have to look at it if you don't want to. You don't need to exit it, just let it flow. Sometimes, I'll do this when I'm upset or if I'm not quite sure what to say. You can even black it out or rip it up.

I hope these help you get rid of your emotional or mental clutter

Simply Yours,

A. Leah