Writing To Grow: 5 Techniques for Managing Crisis

Are you worried right now? Are you tense or are you bored at home? We introduces you to 5 writing techniques that will help them in such moments. A blog post that goes beyond the usual tips for turning text. Because what is “common” at the moment.

Meeting with friends, going to the cinema, watching football: a lot of things that can help our psyche are currently not possible. We need closeness and distraction right now when there is great uncertainty and the situation is stressful.

Negative thoughts and restrictive beliefs have an easy time of it. They nestle in the head and make us doubt, quarrel and hesitate. We become dissatisfied and insufferable.   

I write a lot at such moments. I admit: I also write a lot when I’m happy, confident and full of energy. But completely different – with different goals and different techniques.

As a writing trainer, I impart techniques with which we can reach readers: techniques for good headlines, for an exciting introduction, etc.

As a private person, I use writing techniques to reach myself: techniques to change perspective, to better understand myself and my feelings. Techniques to grow, to be happier.

Today I will introduce you to 5 of these techniques by Vox Ghostwriting. As always, it takes a little practice before the effects can be felt. It is important that you do not censor yourself: Write down what goes through your head. No matter how confused it sounds to yourself. Don’t pay attention to “good” style or spelling. You only write for yourself.

1. Discussion with the “inner team”

Write down the topic that is troubling or moving you.

What do you feel or think when you read the first sentence you wrote? Do you have conflicting thoughts? Write down the first thought straight away. Now let all the other voices in you have their say: the sad, angry, sensible, maternal, fearful, friendly etc. You can let them speak to each other or simply write down the thoughts one after the other. Just by admitting these different thoughts and writing them down, your attitude will likely change. Often I am more balanced afterwards – because I have “spoken out” – so I can deal with things more calmly or objectively.

 2. The Work von Byron Katie

If a situation is troubling you and you feel like you are at it, Byran Katie’s four questions may help. “The Work” is a technique with which we can resolve negative thoughts.

Again, it is very important that you write down the thought and answer Katie’s four questions in writing. Such a thought could be: My boss is impossible. She just wants to bully me with her many emails or my husband should take care of the children a lot more, he just lies around lazy, etc.

  • Question 1: Is that true?
  • Question 2: Can you say with absolute certainty that it is true?
  • Question 3: How do you feel when you believe this thought?
  • Question 4: How would you feel if you didn’t believe this thought?

The highlight is the subsequent reversal of the initial idea. Because this reversal is often a good solution. Reversing is also the most difficult. My recommendation: First read the book “The Work” by Byron Katie.

3. Letter to

A very simple and very effective technique is to write a letter to someone whose opinion you are interested in or to whom you want to give your opinion. You don’t even have to send the letter – it’s about dealing with this person and your feelings towards them.

Possible addressees:

  • mother or father (regardless of whether she / he is still alive)
  • the alter ego in 20 years
  • the children (whether not yet born or already out of the house)
  • the partner (ex / existing / future)
  • The friend (from childhood / a fictitious etc.)
  • Colleagues (also here: existing / fictitious etc.)
  • A manager (as she is, how you want her, etc.)

Write to this person or group what you always wanted to say to them or what comes to your mind for the first time: Relentless and honest. Write everything from your soul. You can then symbolically burn the letter, save it and make something out of it later. It doesn’t matter whether you do it. Having it written down is what matters. And what changes you.

4. Dream trip

One of my favorite techniques: I like to write the world as I like it (there is a little Pippi Longstocking in each of us). I explain in detail how I deal with an impending challenge very confidently, how I curiously explore something that scares me, what I will do when a threatening situation is finally over. The dream trip should be fun. This is important. If you start and feel uncomfortable, just stop. But try again and again. It is worth it.

5. Clusters

Do you have little time or don’t like to write a lot? Then this technique is ideal. Write a term in the middle of a piece of paper that is on your mind. Now think about what comes to mind when you hear this term – write this word next to it – what thoughts do you have when you think of this new term? Write this down too and combine the terms. This creates a chain of associations. If you can’t think of anything, go back to the original term and look for a new association. After a while, your view of the original concept changes. Circle the words that are good for you and dwell on them for a while. You will be amazed at the new, often interesting thoughts and ideas that arise.

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