Toolkit

Creating

Often worries and anxieties go around and around in your head and you just need to get them out and give your mind some space and calm. Rather than letting the worries and anxieties fester and build up inside you, growing larger than they need to be, it can be helpful to find a way to express them. There are many different ways to do this. The method you choose to express your thoughts and feelings should be personal to you. One way may suit you more than another or you may have your own method of expressing yourself. Here are some options:

A journal

This is your place to write down your thoughts and feelings about your experience and the worry and anxiety that you are feeling. It may be the constant tests, the impact on your relationship or sex life, your sense of confusion, or disappointment that worry you or make you anxious. Whatever the issue is, try and capture it.

Write in your journal when you need to. It is up to you whether that is every day, a few times a week, once a month. There are no rules about how often you should write, just when you need to get your worries and anxieties out of your head.

Write your story

Writing the story of your experience can help to get the thoughts swirling around in your head out and into some kind of order. You can write about what you have tried; what has affected you; the good advice and the bad advice; the laughter; the indignity; the tears and the heartache. It is your story of your experiences as a story. The story can be your own private record or you may like to share your story with your partner.

Art

Use your creativity to channel your feelings into something tangible. This could be by drawing, painting, potting, knitting, sewing, quilting… any way that you choose to create. The benefits come from both being creative and the expression of your feelings.

 

Created on 29/08/2013 | Updated on 01/12/2015
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