How to write your way to greater wellbeing

Try to remember when you last sat down and dedicated time to write something by hand. Chances are, it was a good while ago.

Try our easy handwriting workout activities to start a new healthy habit that will leave you feeling calmer and more centred.

Just like physical workouts, you reap more benefits the more activity you do. Complete one or two of these activities three times a week for 15-20 minutes to declutter the mind and allow time for self reflection.

Handwriting lists

Whether it’s your daily to-do list, the five best things that happened this month, or your goals for the future, list writing is an easy way to kick start your writing habit.

You may find you like handwriting lists that are simple and straightforward (bullet points and short form notes), or those that allow you to be more expressive (bullet journalling, for example).

If you need list writing inspiration, try these topics:

  • Things you’re grateful for
  • Things that make you happy
  • Skills you want to learn
  • Short- and long-term goals
  • Favourite books, films and/or music
  • Qualities you like about yourself
  • Bucket list items
  • Quotes you love
  • Favourite sights, smells, tastes, and sounds

One-line-a-day journalling

One-line-a-day journalling is perfect for beginner and seasoned writers alike. As the name suggests, this involves writing just one sentence each day, about anything that comes to mind. Because you’re only committing to the one line, it’s easy to make time for it in your everyday routine – perhaps first thing in the morning, or at night before you go to bed.

As the days and months go by, you’ll have penned some incredible memories from this chapter of your life that you’ll be able to look back on.

Not sure what to write about for the first few days? Here are some ideas:

  • A small win
  • Something new you’ve learned
  • Something you’ve seen
  • A conversation you’ve had
  • An emotion you felt that day
  • A person you spent time with
  • An activity you did.


Freewriting is a favourite pastime of writers and other creatives – and for good reason. As a handwriting exercise, freewriting can help you to connect with your unconscious self and unleash truly creative thinking.

The concept of freewriting is simple – just put pen to paper and go. It doesn’t even matter if what you’re writing makes sense, as long as you’re getting words on the page. Freewriting is usually messy and imperfect, and that’s the point!

To begin, try these tips:

  • Clear your mind of all rules and expectations. Remember not to worry about fixing grammar or punctuation.
  • Set a time limit for how long you will write – 10-15 minutes is usually ideal.
  • Start writing and keep writing, without stopping. Write whatever comes to mind, no matter how random, without stopping to reread or edit.
  • Once the timer goes off, stop writing. You can then read over what you’ve written and pick out parts you find inspirational or that you’d like to workshop.

Brilliance poetry

A 5-line brilliance poem is a quick and easy way to flex your writing muscles on a subject you know best: you. It’s also a great mood-booster for when you need a bit of a pick-me-up.

This writing technique was created by writer and Australian slam poetry champion, Zohab Khan. Check out the video below, where Zohab explains how to create your own brilliance poem.

When you make the time in your everyday life to hand write, you’ll notice what a big difference it makes to your health, happiness and wellbeing.

Happy writing!