Interestingly, one recent study published in the scientific journal Psychophysiology discovered that when individuals spent 8 minutes writing about their feelings before a difficult cognitive task, they were shown to have less active brains that were much more calm and relaxed.
Of course our minds are designed to think to solve difficult problems and make good decisions — thinking is generally a healthy thing — but a lot of thinking can also become unnecessary, useless, and harmful.
Try it out for yourself for a couple of mornings and see how it works for you. Another idea is that they can 'barter' words, swopping their own words with others to get the words they need.
We had a dog, a German Shepherd, but I wanted a kitten. This means they should write for a set amount of time perhaps 1 - 3 minutes.
Here is a small example: Cat My first though is of my cat now, Mango.
A boy in my class…William Atkins…how can I remember his name after all this time? When they've finished, ask volunteers to read out their finished piece of writing.I was six. Age Range: 5 - 11 By: Sue Cowley This is a really good way of helping your children to examine their language and decide which words they really need to use, and which are superfluous. Over-thinking can be a common psychological problem for many people and it is often associated with many mental conditions like stress, anxiety, and depression. Another time I used it was during NaNoWriMo, working on my second novel WIP , it was near the end of the month and I was stuck in my storyline and feeling the pressure of getting enough words written each day. Now they must cut that number exactly in half. Because she was so sweet of course. And why Sugar and not salt? Finally, I decided to use a stream-of-consciousness exercise to see if I could break through. A boy in my class…William Atkins…how can I remember his name after all this time? Joyce is a classic example. You could give them a specific topic to write on, or just ask them to write whatever comes into their heads. Here is a small example: Cat My first though is of my cat now, Mango. If their brains seize up, tell them to keep writing the same word over and over until they think of something else. Just grab 2 pieces of paper and a pen, then write down whatever comes to your mind until both pages are completely filled.