After working on this week’s writing prompt throughout the week, I realized that the best way for me to understand what is stressing me out is to write about it. And to continue to write about it.(more…)
What have you done to mitigate your stress as you’re writing about what’s stressing you out this week, for this week’s writing prompt? At first, getting out what’s stressing you out is liberating, and seems to release an invisible weight off your chest… until thoughts like, “Well, now what?” start to creep in…(more…)
In yesterday’s post, I wrote a little bit about what’s stressing me out, as I work on this week’s writing prompt: Write About What Is Stressing You Out. And I immediately started to feel a little better about the things that are stressing me out. It feels like I’m making a small start in the right direction, or at least, a less stressful direction. But after I was done writing yesterday’s post, I still needed a little bit of an emotional and motivational boost too.
The first quote below, Rumi’s quote, helped me gain perspective yesterday and alleviated some of the stress I was having about the state of the world. It came to mind as I was writing yesterday’s post and encouraged me to look for other quotes about stress and reducing stress.(more…)
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote A Brief Look Back at 2020 for the writing prompt for that week: Write a Journal Entry About Your COVID-19 Year. And now that I think about it, I suppose this week’s writing prompt is a continuation of that writing prompt, and that journal entry.
2020 was an extremely stressful year for most of us, myself included. We all had to adjust the way we worked and lived, substantially, in one way or another. And if we haven’t yet dealt with the stress we experienced in 2020, chances are high that the same stress is still with us today. Especially since, even after a year has gone by, it doesn’t seem as if much has changed. Except for our newfound abilities to be desensitized and numb to all the chaos and persistent uncertainty that living through a pandemic has forced upon us. There is a reason, after all, that 80% of Americans reported emotions associated with prolonged stress recently.
However, the good news, especially for us writers, is that writing about what we’re stressed about can help us understand our stress better so that we can do something about it. I’ll go first. Here’s my attempt to do just that…(more…)
This week’s writing prompt: Write About What Is Stressing You Out.
April is National Stress Awareness Month in the United States. And according to a recent American Psychological Association survey, U.S. Adults Report Highest Stress Level Since Early Days of the COVID-19 Pandemic, more than 80% of Americans reported emotions associated with prolonged stress, and “2 in 3 adults (67%) said the number of issues America is facing is overwhelming to them.”
While writing about something that stresses you out may seem counterintuitive at first, studies have shown that writing in a journal or engaging in expressive writing can significantly reduce stress levels. According to studies covered in this Psychology Today article, “researchers found that expressive writing led to reduced blood pressure, improved immune system functioning, fewer visits to the doctor and shorter stays in the hospital, improved mood, reduced symptoms of depression, improved memory, and more.”(more…)