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Stuck at Home (together)

Words Matter

Discover the Power of Prose & Poetry

Now that you have an extra hour or two in your day when you’re NOT commuting: what are you going to do with that time? Here’s an idea: Connect through words. Get your thoughts out on paper or soak in the those of other writers.

How does writing support your health?

There’s evidence that journaling can have a positive impact on our physical well-being. University of Texas at Austin psychologist and researcher, James Pennebaker contends that regular journaling strengthens immune cells at the same time it reduces the impact of stressful events on your physical health.

Journaling to Connect

If you don’t normally write in a journal, try it out for the next week. Any old notebook will do. And if you don’t have one, fold three pieces of paper in half, nest them together, staple the center fold. Voila! You have a 10-pg journal.

To get started, here are a few prompts to consider as you prime the pump:

  • Time: Write about your relationship to time and how timing has changed during the global pandemic. Include specific examples of these changes. What has been challenging about this new understanding of time? What has been positive?
  • Somethings never change: There’s a lot of discussion around the new normal and all of the changes we’ve had to get used to. Take a moment and ponder what has remained the same.
  • Pick a favorite memory: Spend some time in the past and write about a favorite memory. Try to include as many sensory details as you can. Reflect on your feelings now as you revisit and spend some time with this memory.

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Soak in the Words of Others

Remember to read. Not just the news. Read a novel, or a mystery. Or read science fiction or a young adult series. We will be sharing different selections of creative writing that we think might be food for thought. 

 

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground

Rumi

13th Century Persian Poet

Why is reading good for us?

“Books trigger greater brain activity than television as it encourages the act of visualization. It also extends higher-order thinking needed for problem solving. Literature builds empathy and respect for others, as well as provides comfort. (see this New York Times article). Read historical fiction or history to gain some perspective on what we’re experiencing. You’ll be surprised by the parallels you will find.

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Special Thanks

The Stuck at Home (together) initiative is partially funded through the generous support of:

Thanks to these charter partnering organizations:

The mission of the Foundation for Art & Healing is to promote creative arts expression as a means to improve health and well-being for individuals and communities. Our signature program, The UnLonely Project, broadens public awareness of the negative physical and mental health consequences of loneliness associated with a wide range of living conditions and circumstances while also exploring and promoting creative arts-based approaches to reduce the burden. 

The content on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health condition.