NaNoWriMo has come through for us. They’re sending out prompts to keep us occupied during the social distancing. Every day for the month they are sending out an email or a posting that has promised for your mental well-being, physical well-being, social well-being and creative well-being. I can’t even begin to express how thankful I am that they’ve made the mental well-being the priority. For me my mental health will always be the priority.
So here we go, Day 1.
Mental Well-Being: Put your phone in a drawer for half an hour and give yourself a break from the news and social media.
In actually it I did this for 2 hours. It was absolutely liberating to get away from the madness. I’ve noticed quite a few people I follow on social media only read the headlines of articles and not the actual facts and what’s really happening. Or they’re believing memes/ non-factual graphics. I did realize that seeing the ignorance is a huge factor in my anxiety. I studied rhetoric for 2 years and it angers me that people don’t use it or understand it.
What I did was work out, work on some graphic designs and hang my floating shelves! I organized my books and found somethings to donate. I did notice I’ve been more active on social media since I’ve been home from work just from the increase of funny memes I’ve ReTweeted.
Creative Well-Being: write about a character who is stuck inside. How do they feel about it? Why are they there?
All I’m going to say is I’m currently working on a fiction piece. I won’t give too much away because I am submitting it for publication but if it does get published the link will be posted here.
Physical well-being: Take note of where the tenths points in your body are take three deep breaths while relaxing those muscles.
I haven’t had a massage in ages and rest assured one will be happening after everything goes back to the regular routine. But for me I do enjoy meditating. I rang my singing bowl and took time to hear it all the way through.
I worked on stretching out my muscles. For me, my back holds a lot of tension. I recently discovered my wrists aren’t as flexible as I think they are. I always thought my wrists weren’t strong, but a simple exercise proved it is the flexibility it’s missing. My right shoulder is less flexible than my left. Goals for this time:
- Work on right shoulder flexiblity
- Stretching out my back
- Stretching my wrists
Social well-being: Write and send a letter to a friend or family member
You’ll know who you are when you get them.