Life untouched by mental illness is rare. So,
Practice good mental hygiene. Put pen to paper.
Love Pain & Poetry is a community of creative collaborators. We know that writing can be empowering and life-changing. And so we write. For life.
Why writing? Poems, journals, blogs, stories. Writing can be a very powerful tool. Boost creativity, become more self-aware or use as part of psychotherapy: whatever the reason: write.
Getting started isn’t difficult. Grab a notebook and pen, a fancy journal, a computer, tablet or phone. And write. Let every emotion pour out of you. The joy, the gratitude, the anger, the hopelessness. Let your energy pour onto the paper (or screen). No one needs to see it but you, unless you choose to share it with a community like Love Pain & Poetry or with a therapist or loved one. That’s your choice. That’s the power of writing.
There are many suggestions online to begin the process of writing for self-care or journaling, but the process begins at the beginning. Here’s how:
Take 15-minutes out of each day.
Find a quiet place and write.
Let it be your time for you.
Let the words flow.
If you need some writing prompts, there are also many suggestions online, but we offer our members a wonderful array of writing prompts. Write for something that makes you feel. Be honest and use your own powerful emotions to write for your life.
Here are some quick suggestions:
I am grateful for…
I was angry when…
I was worried about…
I am proud of…
Whether you choose to write poetry or stories, writing allows you to experience the joy of living. Experience your emotions. Reflect on your life. It can be deeply moving or celebratory. It can even be healing.
If you’re working with a psychotherapist ask them about writing or keeping a journal. They may have suggestions for you or may want to incorporate it into your individual treatment program.
It may seem awkward at first, but trust us, writing is something you can do on your own. In 15-20 minutes a day, in addition to a healthy lifestyle and adequate sleep, writing has no negative side effects-just wonderful benefits. Choose to write for life.