Your Story Matters #MentalHealthAwareness

Your Story Matters

You know, right now many of us are finding things very difficult during these unprecedented times, Covid has played a big part in everyone’s mental health.

Many have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, it’s all so sad that while the Government are sending people home to help stop the spread of the virus, the impact not only on businesses but individuals has been enormous.

I posted something on Facebook yesterday and it’s got me thinking about a quote: One page a day, just 300 words for a year and you’ll have written a novel. ~Stephen King

I know that for some a year seems like a long time, but as a writer myself I know only too well that while writing seems like a walk in the part, it’s actually so much more.

We have to make sure that we get it right and that can prove time consuming, but it is very good for stress.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, you may live alone or you may be a parent who has children at home, everyone has a story. Begin with just a few scribbled notes in a notebook, then leave it for a day or two.

Eventually something will pop into your head, even those who are suffering right now, I have family who have suffered with mental health for years and one of the things I always say to them is; Write about it.

I’m not claiming to be a expert on mental health, however, I do firmly believe that there are some steps that can be taken to help relieve some of the stress, that hemmed in feeling, the feeling that nobody is listening.

That’s why I would like to encourage people to write, it can be about anything, including how you are feeling day to day, which is something that could benefit those who don’t understand mental health. Or perhaps you have some other ideas, like a children’s story or even a funny story.

I would also encourage children to use this method of writing, one of my daughters had an assignment in high school a few years ago, she had to write a short story about any subject.

When her teacher read that short story they took her aside and asked her if everything was okay at home? She laughed so hard because her story was that good, her teachers thought that she was going through what she had written. She has kept that short story because one day she will continue with it, it’s most definitely going to be a novel worth reading.

Stress and or anxiety has a huge impact on the everyday life of those suffering with mental health we must all be there for those who need us, even if it’s just a listenening ear.

So let’s begin, start with scribbled notes in your notebook, put it aside for a few days, then pick it up again and begin your first page, but remember only 300 words or a little less if you feel 300 is too much.

Even if you would like me to read over some of what you have written? I’m here, I am free to help you or anyone who would like some guidance, if you are unsure what to write about then I can help you there too.

Later in the week I will design a chart with various words/subjects and you can choose four of those to help you along, use the contact here on the website if you would like to ask me any questions I’m more than happy to help.

p.s You don’t need to have a computer to write, good old fashioned pen and paper will do just as good.

Happy writing ✍🏻 x

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