Bitch, we are going to talk about mental health from a writer’s point of view.
One little lesson I learnt one day at a workshop was to write continuously without thinking about it. Just put the ideas down on paper and see where your mind goes. Forget grammar and spelling, and don’t worry about other people reading it, this is for your eyes only. Do this for five minutes.
Now stop. Take a deep breath. Do you feel different? Has that voice in your head stopped talking? Do you have maybe a little more focus?
If you have answered no to those questions, then I don’t know what to say.
This works for me and this is what happens when I do a declutter of my mind. I find that I am more calm and more rational after it and less like I have to rush off and do something right now because I am wasting time. This is my zazen. This is my meditation.
A good thing about journaling in general, you get to read back over your past thoughts and identify anything that is repeating its self. Are you feeling tired when you’re with the same people? Are you complaining about the same issues? When you can see these issues you can choose to change what is triggering them, change your habits and thus change your life. Only you can choose to do that.
Journaling and decluttering are tools for you to become self-aware.
As writers, we use this to create characters that are fatally flawed and identifiable with the reader; because they’re pieces of us. They’re our issues put onto the page and sent out for someone else to go “Wow, that’s me” and realise they’re not alone and they can get through this if they choose to acknowledge and act.
I know I’m probably simplifying it all, but maybe that’s what we have to do. We need to look at our problems and find ways that we can deal with them without them taking over our lives. But first we have to calm our minds and that’s where we go back to decluttering and let the voice that has to be heard speak.
So go and write down what you feel. Spend five minutes just writing without thinking. Read over what you have done and see what is on your mind and go from there. We need to be more mindful about what is happening internally and find the things that make us happy to do every single day because what you choose to do each day is how you will spend the rest of your life.
I choose to be happy.