We're going through unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic now affecting more than 210 countries and territories all around the globe. It hasn't only fundamentally reformed our personal and professional lives but taken a heavy toll on mental health of many people. The fact is we're not built to stay in isolation for long periods of time and need a vent to express ourselves. Although the pandemic has limited physical meet-ups, there are still ways you can let your emotions out, and one of them is as simple as writing.
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A Journal of Your Thoughts
Writing is thinking out loud. When you're staying in isolation, you start to bottle up thoughts, especially negative ones that you might not get the chance to express anytime soon. That's where picking up a pen can come in handy as it gives you an opening to let go of your pent up emotions. This won't only help you lighten up but gradually you'll be able to create a journal of thoughts that you might want to read after a few years.
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British Journal of Health Psychology has published a new study which suggests that writing about your positive emotions allows you to reduce anxiety and stress. Previous research also demonstrated that getting negative emotions off your mind can also help you in improving your mental health. Either way, when you write, you don't only express yourself but also relieve stress in the process which will enable you to stay focused and healthy.
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Don't Be Afraid to Be Creative
You can use all those bottled up thoughts and emotions as fuel to craft a short story or a piece of poetry. Penning down what's on your mind will give you the opportunity you need to share and express without requiring anyone's physical presence. What's even a better idea is that you can share your creative work with your loved ones and ask for their feedback. This will give you another opportunity to engage in a constructive social activity.
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Sense of Accomplishment
When you're isolated and have nothing to do, you start to feel useless and unproductive. This isn't a feeling that we're accustomed to, especially those who have had full-time jobs and professional practices. Writing can give you a sense of purpose and accomplishment enabling you to believe that you are doing something productive with your time.
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The Conventional Way to Write
You can always pick up your laptop to churn out a few paragraphs but when it comes to relieving stress and anxiety, conventional ways of writing can’t be beaten. Choose your favorite fountain pen, or whichever pen of choice, and start transferring your thoughts and emotions onto paper. It’s a transformative experience for many, which doesn’t only evoke nostalgia but gives them an outlet they need.
There is no denying that we’re living through some of the most trying times which can lead to unusual anxiety and stress. If you’ve been feeling too isolated or lonely, you are not alone. Pick up your pen and a piece of paper, and see what wonders it can actually achieve.
Sending all of you positive vibes.
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I began a pandemic journal back on March 13th, the day I began staying at home. Almost eight months on I am still writing in the journal, staying home, and also writing more letters to friends. Using my fountain pens makes the process even more enjoyable. Plus I get to try out new inks every few pages. I’ve been a journal (or diary) writer since I was a kid. Now a senior, I find it very relaxing to keep writing.
Thanks for this. Like most things, the hardest part is getting started. Today is that day.