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Day 19: Childhood Series – Writing a Letter to Release Stress

Dr. David Clarke discusses how writing a letter to our primary caregivers (mom, dad, or those who brought you up) about what it was like (emotionally) to be brought up by them can be highly therapeutic.

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Summary

Dr. David Clarke discusses topics including:

  • How writing a letter to our primary caregivers about our emotional experience growing up can be therapeutic
  • How as kids many of us learn to suppress emotion just to get along
  • How as adults this same behavior can lead to persistent pain
  • How through the exercise of writing a letter to your primary caregivers you can translate negative emotion into words, not pain in the body

Journaling Assignment

Negative Writing (on a piece of paper you will rip up and throw away afterwards): Take 5 minutes to write down all of the negative thoughts causing you anxiety right now, and when you are done, rip up the piece of paper.

Questions for Journaling:

  • Get your journal and write about what it was like emotionally to grow up in your early childhood home

    • What were the most difficult emotional experiences you had?
    • Did you express your emotions, or keep them to yourself?
    • To what extent do you still suppress the same emotions as an adult?
  • On a 1-10 scale, how would you rate your pain today