As a creative writer or content creator, your job is to build experiences out of thin air. There’s nothing like the rush of ideas flowing through your mind and onto the page, and receiving feedback from readers who relate to your words.
As a creative professional myself, this is why I do what I do. But we’ve all experienced the sudden shift in our creative power when our inner bully starts pushing us around. You may have churned out work yesterday that moved mountains, but today you can’t even move your fingers on the keyboard. I can speak honestly saying this happens to me more and more with the global trauma we’re all experiencing during the pandemic.
This past year has been painful for us all. We’ve been forced into isolation, separated from our loved ones, and locked away day after day. We fear human contact, which is a powerful stress reliever. Any comfort we got from routine has been pulled out from under us, including our self care routines.
One positive aspect of the pandemic, though, is the open discussion on the importance of mental health resources. Pandemic or not, if you battle with depression, anxiety, or any other mental illness, life is an uphill journey. About 1 in 5 Americans suffer from some form of mental illness. More of us are pushing through hurt than we realize, but we still have to show up every day. Read on for a few self care ideas that can help your creative flow.