These have indeed been trying times. A global pandemic, a heated political environment, and social unrest have led to one of the most stressful climates in decades. In addition to the physical toll from Covid, the mental health of many have been affected in a way many Americans have never experienced in their lifetimes.
The cure? Write, write write.
There has never been a better time to sit down in front of your computer (or your desk with a pen and pad of paper) and write out everything from your feelings to whatever poetry or story ideas race across your brain. People have different ways to relieve stress, and writing for fun or writing out one’s fears or anxieties may just be the cure for the emotional trauma many have been going through in recent months.
In addition to writing about what you are feeling, you also could write about what you are seeing. How about a photo essay combining words with pictures? I had the same urge when I was walking my dog on an autumn day across a bridge in a park covered with fallen leaves. I took a picture of him ready to cross over the bridge and leaves, then recorded more photos of the beauty of the fall season.
“The lights are still on in Times Square. Billboards blink and storefronts shine in neon. If only there were an audience for this spectacle.”
Your brain and body will thank you for it.