- On March 29, 2020
I’m writing this as the world is in the midst of the Corona Virus pandemic. Life as we all knew it is on hold as we endure restrictions on what we can do, where we can go, who we can see. The economy is in meltdown and social interaction is frozen. And no one can say for sure when things will return to normal.
As these tense days turn into weeks (and potentially months,) another problem is developing. On top of the physical and financial risks from Covid-19, many are now facing a new threat: deterioration of mental health. Experts say as people are cooped up and concerned about everything from will their job will disappear to is there enough toilet paper to weather the quarantine, anxiety creeps in. One of the best ways to fight this is by adhering to a daily routine. Keeping to a basic schedule restores the sense that we’re in control, and offers the comfort of familiarity.
What better time to establish the habit of writing, even if it’s just a small amount each day? It can take the form of journaling, emailing loved ones, penning letters to family and friends, sending messages to others feeling the stress. Or you can attempt something more ambitious — try your hand at poetry, compose short stories, or maybe even get working on a novel. Decide on a time (some are more inspired in the morning, others like to end the day with a creative flair), find a place where you won’t be distracted, and make a point to write at least something each and every day. It may be hard at first, but like anything else, once you’re in the groove the words will come more easily.
Don’t be surprised if soon, ‘writing time’ is your favorite part of the day! Indulging your inner author will help fill the time as we wait for this epidemic to conclude, and the routine will become a soothing reminder that you’re still the captain of your fate. And when this is all over — and it WILL be over one day! — you’ll have formed a constructive habit to carry forward into that new and promise-filled future. Who knows what glorious topics will fill your pages in the days to come — but whatever they are, you’ll be ready!