Writing as a mindful act of self-care: How Writing Can Be Your Ultimate Self-Care Hack

How Writing Can Be Your Ultimate Self-Care Hack

Dear friend,

Be encouraged today, the fatigue you feel will lift. Life has been lifing, things have been hard but not impossible.

I have had a strong cause to reflect and grieve a dear friend who passed recently. I realise that these experiences transform us, for good.

How are you?

It is a new month and I pray for you, may your dreams and aspirations come true this month.

Put an expectation on this month, take some time to write down your goals, ambitions, and plans to achieve them, God is able help you.

Thinking about it, writing can be a tool for not only attaining your goals but also a valuable  tool for reflection and personal growth. Before you doubt it, kindly follow my thoughts on this.

Picture this: it’s been a long day, and your brain feels like a tangled mess of thoughts, worries, and to-do lists. Sound familiar? Don’t worry; we’ve all been there!

Fear not, because writing is here to save the day (cue dramatic superhero music). There are things you can do to take back control.

Journaling

First things first, let’s talk about journaling. Ah, journaling—the OG of self-care practices. It’s like having a cosy chat with your best friend, minus the judgment and the awkward small talk about the weather.

Whether you’re pouring your heart out onto the pages of your diary, or online notepad, or simply jotting down your daily musings, journaling is a surefire way to declutter your mind and make room for some much-needed zen. I personally doodle and draw and make spider diagrams of what’s on my mind.

I fantasize about walking around with a notepad making notes about simple joys in life.

At a time when I was quite low in mood and didn’t want to do anything, my therapist told me to just write a number everyday that showed how I felt on a scale of 1-10. That simple, put the number down and see where that takes you.

Poetry

Wait, there’s more! Ever tried your hand at poetry? Trust me, you don’t need to be the next Shakespeare to dabble in the art of verse.

Poetry is like a mini-vacation for your brain, allowing you to escape the chaos of everyday life and get lost in the rhythm of your words. So grab your rhyming dictionary (or don’t—no judgment here) and let your inner poet shine! Practice with the easiest rhyming scheme ABAB CDCD. Here is a simple tutorial to help you with learning rhyming scheme.

StoryTelling

And let’s not forget about storytelling. Whether you’re crafting tales of epic adventures or reminiscing about your favorite childhood memories, storytelling is a surefire way to flex those creative muscles and unleash your imagination.

Plus, it’s a great excuse to dust off that old typewriter you’ve been hoarding in the attic (or, you know, just fire up your laptop). Those stories you weave in your quiet time, the catastrophic states that swirl in your mind scaring you, put them down.

But the best part of all? Writing is a form of self-care that’s accessible to everyone, regardless of skill level or budget. All you need is a pen, some paper, and a sprinkle of imagination, and you’re good to go!

So go ahead dear friend, let your words guide the path to self-discovery and serenity. Find solace in the words coming from your heart.

Write a letter to yourself 20 years ago, 10 years ago.

Write to future you

Write to your children

Write to your great grand children

Write to the boss you want

Just write, it is such a powerful force for birthing ideas.

Some benefits I don’t want you to miss out on:

Better sleep

Improved communication skills

Improved vocabulary

Great self awareness

Improved emotional intelligence

Improved cognitive performance

Quality interpersonal relationships

Better emotional regulation and much more

“How can I do this? I don’t have time!”

Don’t worry the time you have is sufficient, keep a notepad on you, by your bedside, in your pocket or bag, in your car. Pause and jot down what you think about things around you, write one word, draw an image… gradually the skill will expand and you can become more detailed. Some people even keeps dream journal so they write down dreams and visions.

So there you have it, folks: the open secret to unlocking the magic of self-care is as simple as putting pen to paper (or fingertips to keyboard). Whether you’re journaling, writing poetry, or spinning tales of adventure, remember that writing is so much more than just words on a page—it’s a journey of self-discovery, healing, and growth.

So grab your favorite notebook, channel your inner wordsmith(even if you feel you find it hard to work with words), and let’s scribble away stress together!

Stay authentic, Stay resilient, Stay writing

Be yourself and keep getting better at it.

Live wholeheartedly,

Amaka

2 Cor 3:2(MSG)

You yourselves are all the endorsement we need. Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you. Christ himself wrote it—not with ink, but with God’s living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives—and we publish it.

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