How to use Morning Pages to free your mind

by Andy Youings December 23, 2016

How to use Morning Pages to free your mind

We know you are itching to fill up the pages of your beautiful notebooks and journals, so why not try this exercise to enhance your morning mood. If this isn’t something you’ve heard of, Morning Pages is a very simple approach that uses the simple act of writing to help release all your worries, thoughts, frustrations and anxieties from the back of your mind before you start your day.

The idea is simple; every morning you write just three pages of anything and everything that comes into your mind. And whilst this might sound like the last thing you want to do in the morning, until you try it out you’ll never know. It could be the perfect partner to your morning coffee and cereal.

Let’s start with the first rule of thumb: what you write down doesn’t have to be negative. Try not to think too much about what you are writing either, just let your pen flow as the thoughts flow from your mind. It could be as simple as a recap of the day before, what you plan on achieving that day to more complex subjects such as your aims for the next 10 years! It could also be any anxieties you need to express or other concerns that are on your mind…but try not to spend too much time focusing on this area.

Morning pages is a technique that was created by Julia Cameron, who first introduced the approach in 1992. Julia believes that: “There is no such thing as a non-creative person” and summarises the approach in her recent book The Miracle of Morning Pages. Julia says herself that sometimes her morning pages can take longer than others, it just depends on how she is feeling that day. She also encourages the exercise to be written in long hand, as well as completing the three pages of writing, no matter what you write. It doesn’t even have to make sense. She does however advise to stop yourself at three pages until the next morning.

You might be surprised how many thoughts begin to spill out when you start writing; so no matter how big or small they are, just jot them down.

A recent article written by Oliver Burkeman in The Guardian describes his experience of practicing morning pages. Having heard of the approach many times he didn’t have very much faith, however, after reading articles suggesting the technique was catching on he thought he would give it a try. Oliver concluded his piece by saying that he wished he’d started doing this exercise a long time ago.

With Christmas just around the corner, we expect your mind is very busy with thoughts so now could be the perfect time to start. Even if it’s just for a week, take the time to sit down each morning with a cuppa and your notebook and offload anything that’s on your mind.

We would love to know how you get on with the Morning Pages technique and whether this exercise worked for you and whether you felt it improved your well-being. Leave us a comment below.

Happy writing!

Andy Youings
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