Hey everyone! :)
By default, I’m sure that many know and can tell that I’m a writer. I’m a poet, I’m a storyteller, I’m wordsmith, I am a lover of words! Just as math isn’t may favorite thing, I know the trade of writing may not come easy to everyone, but just as math has it’s perks, there are many benefits of writing, especially when it comes to Self-Care. Writing can be an essential part of your growth and development, and gives you an inside perspective to who you are, where you’re at, and what your thoughts are in regards to any and everything, whether it be for functional or more personal uses. You don’t have to be a writer or some magnificent wordsmith in order to write. I’d like to introduce writing as a useful and reflective tool in building self-awareness and introspection. Introducing Self-Care Tip #3: Write.
I knew from a young age I preferred writing. Language Arts was my favorite subject, English was my major and later on became my field of expertise and study. But outside of those things, I wrote in my free time and developed a love for writing outside of the classroom. It was my go-to form of artistic and self expression, whether it was journaling or creating, I was always writing. In many cases, it’s the easiest way for me to express myself because I can actually SEE my ideas on paper. Even (much to the chagrin of my friends) my text messages can be short essays, lol. But it wasn’t until I got older and started engaging in the works of others that I realized how essential writing could be to better understanding yourself and where you might be in your life. Writing in such a personal space gives you the ability to reflect and check in with yourself. It creates a space for you to write out your thoughts and give your mind a break from itself, while allowing you to look back and even push forward towards personal growth. Writing is literally the starting point to manifest your thoughts and ideas.
Many of us have the tendency to allow our thoughts to sit, control and even overrun us. Our minds run a million miles a minute thinking of what we have to do, what we’re going through at the moment, what’s bothering us, who’s bothering us, and without even realizing it we end up carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. Writing gives you an opportunity to let all those things out and even let them go. Retaining our thoughts (especially the negative ones) with no outlet only allows for us to hold onto things longer than needed. Writing, in a sense, gives us an outlet to vent, let go, and be free (if only for a moment) from our personal burdens. This outlet gives ourselves a break from our thoughts, rather than having to constantly carry them with us. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had something weigh heavy on my spirit and how writing it out lifted it for me. It literally gives me the opportunity to get things off my chest, without having to share or hold on to it. Once that happens you’d be surprised at the clear visual of your own feelings you’ve gained. It’s not something that happens over night either, sometimes you have to write it out multiple times before it has any impact, but the goal is to help lift whatever is weighing on you.
Writing doesn’t always have to relate to whatever issues are weighing on you either, it can also serve as an essential tool in developing ideas as well. It can range from listing what you have to do for the day to developing a creative concept you’d like to pinch, writing can do a multitude of things for development.
But as someone who has personally seen the work that writing has done for me, I’d implore you to try it. Get a notebook, journal or even the Notes on your phone, so you have a singular place to keep track of your thoughts and start writing. Start as small as you need to, don’t think of it as something needing to be a manuscript or scroll of some sort, just write down how your day went, give yourself a moment to reflect and check in with yourself. It can be as simple as “I had a great day, but something that someone said to me really got me thinking.” Start up once a week asking yourself simple questions:
-How am I feeling?
-How did my day/week go?
-What did I do today?
-What did I learn today?
-What would I like improve for a better tomorrow?
This gives you an opportunity to layout your thoughts, dreams, hopes, and ideas to reflect on and have a physical manifestation of them, so you don’t have to constantly keep track of them. The notes in my phone are filled to the brim with ideas, think pieces, stories, concepts, and poems, I’m constantly writing things down. I promise you, there is nothing MORE annoying than losing track of an amazing idea or the start of a dope poem, so I literally cannot get through the day without taking note of something. Writing can help you map out and track your personal growth and progress, giving you something to look back on and continuously build upon, you can see the start to developing a foundation on which your growth is based.
So give writing a try for at least a month and go back and check in with yourself, you’ll be amazed at how much you can learn about yourself and track your own growth. Please continue to check-in and invest in yourself, you deserve it. A strong sense of self is key to continuous growth…
As usual, I hope this inspired you, until next time :)