The Benefits of Journaling

“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation” -Graham Greene, Ways of Escape. Journaling has been harnessed as a life tool by people throughout history and much has been writing about its transformative power. Many famous writers, artists, scientists, politicians and others have cited journaling as a powerful aid that has helped them succeed in their careers. Journaling allows us to clarify our thoughts, to focus on goals we want to accomplish, to achieve perspective and catharsis after difficult life events and to defuse emotionally,

Drawing On Your Available Resources

Many people come to therapy because a life problem (relationship, work, family) or personal difficulty (e.g. stress, OCD, anger) has become too difficult to manage alone. While therapy provides a great outlet in which to gain new perspectives and explore new coping mechanisms, part of the process can also be about taking stock of what resources the person has at their disposal in their everyday life that can also help. Recognising and drawing on these resources outside of the therapy hour can be an extremely valuable part of managing the issue. But what do I mean when I talk about available resources? This can refer to many things. Firstly it can be aspects of your own personality or behavio

Self-Compassion, Its Good for You. And Its Good For Everyone Else Too.

Compassion is about having feelings of understanding and empathy for others, particularly around their struggles and suffering. We can see the positive effect compassion can have on our relationships with others; it brings us closer by showing the other person that we care, its creates a feeling of wellbeing and harmony between people and it lessens conflict by giving space for tolerance and understanding. What is Self Compassion? It seems that, for many, it is much easier to apply compassion to others than it is to feel compassionate feelings towards oneself. However, imagine what happens to the self when compassionate feelings cannot be turned inward? When we do not feel compassion towards

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