Welcome to Writing for Wellbeing

In my blog, I’ll bring you ideas on how to write and enhance your own sense of wellbeing while doing so.  I hope you enjoy the exercises and ideas here.

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Tricia McAdoo

Writing for wellbeing

Please watch my video to find out more about writing for wellbeing.


Patricia McAdoo is a clinical psychologist with many years experience working in the Irish and UK health services. She is also a fiction writer and completed the M.A. in Writing Programme at the National University of Galway in 2004. Since then she has had a children’s book and short stories published. Her new book, Writing for Wellbeing was published by Currach Press in May 2013.

Reflective Writing

Reflective Writing offers an opportunity to reflect on our work in an open non-judgemental way. It can provide much needed breathing space in which to explore how we work, the decisions we have made, the conflicts we have dealt with, thorny interpersonal issues that arise in teams. It can help identify the gaps in our learning and our need for further training.

Writing for Wellbeing

Writing: one of the great hidden resources we have to enhance our wellbeing. Not a lot of people know how good writing can be for you. More than twenty years of studies have shown that people who write visit their doctor less, get fewer colds and have improved immune system functioning among a lot of other good outcomes. Writing for Wellbeing is available to purchase on Amazon

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Waking up

The psychologist Ellen Langer talks about the importance of living with full attention and not mindlessly. Paying attention is about being open to noticing new things, even in situations which seem so familiar to us that we feel we already know them completely. We... read more


In the film Boyhood (2014)a group of four actors were filmed over twelve years by the filmmaker Richard Linklater, to capture the journey of the main character, Mason, from a small boy to his first day in college. It manages to record in a stunningly successful way... read more


People who fish our local lake spend a lot of time standing on fishing platforms like this one. It demands a lot of patience, an ability to be still and silent, to slow down, waiting for that perfect moment, for the fish to bite. Writing demands the same quality, an... read more

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