For me, writing is a form of self-care. I write what I am feeling. I write what I know to be true or false. I write when I’m frustrated or when I’m angry. I write when I just need to get things off my chest.
Writing provides peace and solace that I cannot get from other things in life. Currently, I’m restless with where I see my life going and how I want things to be. Do you ever just want to rewrite the beginning of your life because you are filled with so much understanding now? Lately, that’s how I feel.
Sometimes, I want to share my opinions about certain things, but even though our world encourages individuality, no one really wants to hear or read exactly what I feel. So, I write in my journals. Writing calms me down. Writing brings me to a grounded place.
I do view writing as a self-care activity. When I taught English, I encouraged my students to write everyday. When a friend of mine was dealing with the stress of her job, and she knew that if she sought the assistance of a therapist, she could lose her job, I bought her a journal to assist her in processing the day to day activities that caused her grief.
I am trying to show my children how important it is to keep a journal. I started giving them writing prompts to encourage their thoughts, but since I now have a very long commute to and from work, I find it hard to encourage them as much.
Even the purchase of a new journal, such as a Leuchtturm1917 or Moleskin, gives me so much joy. When I purchase ink for my Lamy Safari pen, I feel so happy. I value what I use to write my thoughts and ideas down. Having a journal and pen that encourages me and promotes happiness is a part of witting being a form of self-care.
Everywhere I go, I have something to write with and in. I never know when I need to feel inspired or just need to let it all out. I have started a routine of leaving early for work, so that I can write in my car for at least seven minutes. That might not seem like a long time, but when I set my timer to write, I am so present in that moment. During those seven minutes, I am able to release any tnsuon before I embark on my work.
What does writing do for you? How is writing a form of self-care?