How do you handle emotions that might come up with your writing?

Here are a few tips.

1.      View your work as fiction.  Consider your characters as part of a novel.

2.      If reviewing past letters and other source material.  Only look at one document at a time. A large stack of letters or research material can be overwhelming.

3.      Ask yourself why go through this material.  Is it worth it? All our memories are indented in our psyche and reliving these experiences is sometimes not necessary.

4.      Take care of yourself during this period of writing.  Eat well, get enough sleep, have a massage, take a bubble bath, go for a walk.  Exercise is one of the best ways to allow emotional memories to pass.  Talk with friends.

5.      Go with the emotion.  Don’t fight it.  Let the feelings swell.  Cry, scream, hit a pillow.  Allow the emotions to pass through you and out.

6.      Sit quietly, breathe deeply and take time to center yourself.  This is a good meditation to do every day, no matter what is going on. Learn to ground.  (See grounding instructions.)

a.      Imagine the situation that is upsetting and in your imagination put it in a bubble. Wrap up all the people, emotions, events that came up in this bubble. 

b.      Put all the feelings into that bubble.  Let it float to the edge of the universe and melt it or blow it up. –This releases the emotions. You do not have to carry them.

7.      Put your focus in the center of your head and imagine a warm color filling you like a sun.  Allow the rays of this light to embrace you with thoughts of Peace, Calm, Joy, Delight.  Think of someone or a pet that comforts and supports you.

8.      Remember to laugh. Remember to smile.  Be gentle with yourself.

9.      Talk with a counselor/therapist/minister about the life issues that come up in your writing. 

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10.  Congratulate yourself for having the courage to learn more about yourself.

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