Writing has always been my creative outlet for self-exploration and self-expression. Growing up, I would craft fantastical stories with nothing but my imagination. As a teenager, I poured my heart into pages and pages of diaries. As I got older, I intuitively used writing to explore and connect with my emotions.

But, at some point in life, I got hung up on what it meant to “be a writer”.

I studied creative writing and I bought into the idea that to be a writer I needed to deeply understand technique, use the perfect metaphor, and be able to poetically string together words on a whim.

I believed my own writing fell short in comparison to the works of others, so I eventually set aside my writing practice, also abandoning the creative freedom and expression it provided me up until that point.

The problem was my notion of being a writer was fundamentally flawed: I thought in order to write something valuable, I needed to write for other people.

I didn’t realize the immense value in writing for myself, and no one else.

Sure, if you want to be a published writer, you need to think about your audience and the benefits you can provide to them. But, published writer or not, writing is a readily available tool for self-exploration, discovery, and growth.

Writing for yourself promotes awareness, a deeper level of understanding, a way to offer yourself guidance and insight, and a release for emotions or experiences you may not even know you are holding onto.

Writing for yourself is an act of self-love and self-care it’s recognizing your words, your truth, and your story have value in and of themselves. They’re worthy because you are worthy.

I intuitively understood the intrinsic value of writing when I was younger, but lost sight of this when I began to tie my identity to being a writer. After years of not writing anything beyond work emails, I found my way back to writing for me. I now see writing as a tool, not who I am, which allows me to just write, no strings attached.

When I write for myself, technique and expertise do not matter. (Heck, coherency doesn’t even really matter!) What matters is that I get my thoughts, emotions, and experiences out and onto the page.

If you’ve ever kept a journal you know it’s the act of writing that is most impactful, not necessarily the words that end up on the page.

I invite you to do the same, and just write. Write for yourself, because your words matter, especially when they’re just for you.

If this resonates with you, and you want to learn more about the practice of writing for yourself, join us for our first workshop, Healing in Writing, coming up in November!

Acupuncture has been around for a LONG time - somewhere around 3000 years. You've probably seen it in movies, heard about it from your friend or family member, or maybe you even tried it yourself.

Acupuncture is not scary! It is a safe and careful treatment provided by a professional.

“Acupuncture is the practice of penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles which are then activated through gentle and specific movements of the practitioner's hands or with electrical stimulation”. -- Johns Hopkins Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners believe the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points connected by pathways. The acupuncturist applies acupuncture to certain points. This then helps improve the Qi (pronounced “chee”) and flow of energy. This leads us to Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been around for ages. This branch of medicine utilizes acupuncture to improve the flow of Qi . It is believed that blocks in the flow of energy lead to disease. So acupuncture helps remove these blocks.

Now you might be wondering… What do I get out of acupuncture? What are the benefits? Let me tell you!

Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This in turn releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.

The National Institute of Health has demonstrated in studies that acupuncture is an effective treatment alone or in combination with other conventional therapies to treat:

  • Nausea caused by surgical anesthesia and cancer chemotherapy

  • Dental pain after surgery

  • Addiction

  • Headaches

  • Menstrual cramps

  • Tennis elbow

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Myofascial pain

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Low back pain

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Asthma

  • Stroke rehabilitation

Meet our Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Dr. Dana Gulati! Dr. Gulati is now accepting new patients at our East Greenwich location. Click here to request a session.

There is a TON of data on the benefits of writing therapy. Overall, the evidence points to its effectiveness in helping people identify and accept their emotions, manage their stress, and ease the symptoms of mental illness.

Writing can be a form of mindfulness; an opportunity to be present with your thoughts without judgment.

Plus, our hands are energetic tools, and writing is one way we can manage and express our energy.

What exactly is journaling?

It's. So. Simple. Journaling is essentially a written record of your thoughts & feelings. There are no rules or restrictions on how you do it -- and sometimes that in itself can be daunting for a beginner. It can be helpful as you get started to follow some prompts or guidelines until you feel comfortable enough free-writing (keep reading for ideas).

What are the key benefits?

  • Mange anxiety

  • Reduce stress

  • Cope with depression

  • For more tips on connecting with emotions through writing, see Justine's article here

  • It can strengthen your immune system

  • Reduce blood pressure

  • Help you sleep better

  • Generally keep you healthier

How do I get started?

Figure out what is most convenient for you. It can be a dedicated journal or notebook, a document on the computer, or even a Notes app on your phone (you can even talk to text with this one).

Carve out the time to do it, and aim to make it a daily routine. Even if it's just a few minutes to get down your thoughts, feelings, and concerns.

Try beginning with a brief breathing practice to center yourself before you start writing.

This might be a tough one, but try not to judge what arises during your writing exercises and be compassionate with yourself as thoughts and feelings arise.

Let it flow with free-writing. Put your thoughts on paper as they arrive in your consciousness without being concerned about it making sense, being cohesive or even regards to spelling or grammar. This is a time to express yourself without having to be concerned about what others may think.

If you'd like a little more guidance, here are some prompts to get you started:

  • What are your intentions for today?

  • Write about an experience that stood out in your day. Was there something that sparked notable joy, anger, frustration, or excitement? Did something provoke incessant or overwhelming thoughts?

  • Write about your dreams if you remember them.

  • What are you grateful for?

  • What are you feeling right now?

  • What are you looking forward to?

  • List the sounds around you and describe them.

  • Describe the physical sensations of the current moment: sitting in your seat, your feet against the ground, the physical act of writing (or typing).

  • Write about not knowing what to write about (you'll be surprised what can come up!).

We've created a new workshop Healing in Writing to guide you through as you begin your journey of using this tool as a part of your self-care routine.

Our first one is November 14th 4-5:30pm EST! Spots are limited, so be sure to register (click here) -- if you've been beckoned to journal, you definitely don't want to miss it.