Raise Her Up – Writing your way through anxiety

In episode 10 of ‘Raise Her Up’, we are joined by journalist and writer Harriet Walker

The start of a new year, for many, includes a list of resolutions and goals for the year. But what if it is the act of writing the list that is more useful that actually checking off the items?

From mental health professionals to anguished teens, many will agree that writing down thoughts, keeping a diary, or journaling, can help clear your head and make important connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. It can identify what bring us down, the events that trigger anxiety and low mood, and the actions that make us feel better.

Journalist and writer Harriet Walker is no stranger to the healing and reassuring powers of writing. As The Times Fashion Editor and recently published novelist in her own right, she says using the disquiet in her own mind to create something much more dramatic on the page can become a type of helpful catharsis. Harriet joins us this week on Raise Her Up to discuss her strategies for using writing to overcome and exorcise feelings of anxiety, and to share ideas with listeners of how to incorporate therapeutic writing into their own good mental health practice. It’s a great way to start 2022.

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