By Freddie Tubbs, Lifestyle Writer and Editor
When you think of being mindful and meditating, you probably think of sitting crossed-legged on the floor, in a yoga class, or taking a walk in nature, but there’s no denying the therapeutic healing properties that to write mindfully has in these areas.
Whether you’re creative writing, keeping a diary, or just jotting your thoughts down, writing can be a great way to get yourself into the present moment, reduce those levels of stress, and help you to have a more positive outlook on life.
Whether you’ve tried and started already, or you’re thinking about starting it for the first time, here’s a list of the top ten tips you need to know.
#1 – Minimize Distractions
When it comes to writing, you need to make sure you’re getting yourself into the present moment and then freeing yourself from distractions. This means turning everything off, including the TV, and leaving your phone in another room.
This will help you concentrate and focus on your writing, ensuring you stay rooted into the present moment.
#2 – Meditate First
Before you start writing, for the most benefit, you’ll want to get yourself into a mindful mindset where you can really explore the conversations, ideas, and concepts that are flowing around your mind. This means you should meditate beforehand, even if that’s only for several minutes, just to clear your mind and get your breathing on track.
#3 – Visualize Writing
If you’re not feeling in the mood for writing, or you’re a bit apprehensive about writing, try to visualize yourself writing in your mind since this is a tried and tested way, with any goal, to help you succeed.
#4 – Write from the Heart
One of the biggest problems you will inevitably come across while writing is not actually knowing what you want to write. The best way to overcome writer’s block here is to write what’s in your heart.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if what you’re writing doesn’t make sense, because you’re writing it for you and no one else. Just start the process of writing, and you’ll start to work your way out of it.
#5 – Form a Habit
The best way to start writing and then keep the process going for longer than a couple of days is to form a habit, and the best way to form a habit is to form a routine. This means dedicating time in your day to sit and write at the same time and the same place every day to wire your brain to do it automatically.
#6 – Use Online Tools to Get Better
As you start writing, you might keep thinking to yourself that you’re not very good at it. You might worry about the accuracy of your content, or even find yourself getting annoyed with the quality. This is common if you’re not used to writing in such a way.
Fortunately, if you’re looking for a way to improve your skills and get better, helping you to express yourself more clearly, there are some online tools that can help;
Big Assignments – This is an online formatting tool to help your layout and structure your writing style.
#7 – Make Observations Throughout the Day
This will happen naturally as you get better and better at writing but being mindful of what’s happening around you in your daily life with the intention to write about it later can help you become a lot more present throughout your day, meaning you’ll be more mindful in your everyday life.
#8 – Have a Dedicated Writing Space
While you can write on the computer or laptop if you want, it’s better to get yourself a book as a dedicated space for you to write. This gives you a safe location to spill your thoughts, and you’re far more likely to stick with the habit and not get distracted.
#9 – There’s No Such Thing as Perfect
You’re not writing a novel, and you’re not writing content that anyone else has to read, so don’t beat yourself up if you’re struggling to get a ‘perfect’ entry. It doesn’t exist. Even if your book and pages are filled with crossed out bits and rewrites; that doesn’t matter. It’s the act of writing that matters, not the aesthetics.
#10 – Be Consistent
“The most important thing to remember when writing a meditative journal or practicing mindfulness writing is to be consistent. This means maintaining the habit and keep going. The benefits of this writing practice get better and better the more you do it and the longer you do it for, so keep going, even if it doesn’t seem to help at first” explains Darren Turner, a psychology writer for Top Canadian Writers and Studentwritingservices.
As you can see, there are lots of things to consider when it comes to keeping a meditative journal and writing mindfully. Stay focused and give it a chance, and you’ll be amazed at the benefits it can bring into your life.