I have found writing an essential tool for managing my mental health for years now. It has been one of a few key things I could use daily, anywhere, for little cost. I may wax lyrical about it but that is because I find it mood changing, cathartic and meaningful. As cheesy as it sounds it is my passion and I am not shy about saying that.
When I wrote my mental health handbook The Noisy Mind I included a section on writing for self reflection. Since that time I have developed my own writing practice into a constructive tool for good mental health and self development. I know only too well that a writer can descend into self flagellation and rumination without structure. My self awareness and recognition of that negative spawned this book. My hope is that others avoid ineffective scribbling and discover the positives of making sense of your thoughts and emotions and taking action to develop yourself.