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colinwalker
colinwalker
With the UK government announcing at least another three weeks of lockdown (it was always going to happen) it's right that there should be increased focus on mental health. People may have coped so far but the longer it goes on the worse it will be. One of the permitted reasons for leav... colinwalker.blog
milkthealmond
milkthealmond

@colinwalker yes the mental health side of it is going to have a huge impact in the weeks to come. I feel very privileged having a garden for the kids to burn off some energy. I really feel for those with no outside space such as flats/tower blocks etc.

Noticed you mention morning pages. This is a new concept I’ve only come across in the past few days, and am going to look into it further. Do you get a lot out of it?

colinwalker
colinwalker

@milkthealmond Absolutely. They're just a vehicle for your mind to say whatever it's got on it. It's not like you're sitting down with a plan, it's just whatever comes out and once you get going all sorts of thoughts bubble to the surface that you never knew you had. There's a lot of truth in them if you allow it.

MitchWagner
MitchWagner

@colinwalker @milkthealmond Second the endorsement of morning pages.

I don't follow the rules strictly, but for more than six weeks, the first thing I do every day is sit down and journal. I try to write down everything that seems important to me. Sometimes I cut-and-paste some of it to social media and the blog.

My goal was never to post my thoughts and feelings, but always to simply keep a daily record of where I had been and what I had done, following Isaac Asimov's model. But thoughts and feelings get in there anyway!

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milkthealmond
milkthealmond

@MitchWagner @colinwalker Thanks for the advice chaps. Is it merely a fact of starting with The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and taking it from there, or is there some other go to resource that everyone uses?

colinwalker
colinwalker

@milkthealmond @mitchwagner Ah, but Cameron got it from Dorothea Brande.

MitchWagner
MitchWagner

@milkthealmond Just spend some time writing as soon as you can comfortably do so after you wake up. You’ll figure it out from there.

Don’t kill yourself doing it either. Before I get to my morning pages, I wash up and take care of a few small chores that need doing every morning. And I make my coffee and drink my 1st cup with the pages.

MitchWagner
MitchWagner

@colinwalker Good tip!