Today is World Mental Health Day and what better opportunity is there to discuss mental health and writing. As writers, we are nearly always working in isolation. Sitting at a desk all day typing up stories to share with the world and this can play havoc on our mental health. In this column, I’ve gone digging to find the best resources available to help with mental help and keep you in control while you’re writing. I hope you find them useful and be sure to pass them on to all your writing friends too.
- https://writersedit.com/fiction-writing/5-simple-mental-health-tips-creative-writers/ – 5 Simple Mental Health Tips for Creative Writers: This article talks about the importance of looking after your mental health as a writer as well as providing five wonderful tips to keep you on the right track. These include little things like getting outside more often, socialising, having a routine, and being nice to yourself.
- https://www.healthwriterhub.com/writers-need-maintain-mental-health/ – Why Writers Need to Maintain Their Mental Health: This article gives three reasons why writers need to keep mental health a priority. This includes taking a day off every month to recharge your batteries, stepping back and assessing things every so often, and avoiding burnout. There’s a lot in this article so be sure to give yourself time to read it.
- https://www.uhs.umich.edu/tenthings – Ten Things You Can Do For Your Mental Health: Although this is a general article, it is also great for writers and all the ten things listed have value. Pick one of two and implement them or all ten if you can.
- https://www.tckpublishing.com/mental-health-for-writers/ – How To Nurture Your Mental Health as a Writer: This post looks at the different myths surrounding writing and how it’s a lonely profession. It looks at why writers can get depressed and what can be done about it.
- https://writingcooperative.com/writers-your-mental-health-is-at-risk-here-is-what-you-can-do-about-it-3215442cb2ec: Writers, Your Mental Health Is At Risk. Here Is What You Can Do About It: There is nothing worse than rejection and it can be really play havoc with your state of mind. This article looks at the questions you can ask yourself if you are feeling depressed and what to do about it. It also discusses finding support.
- https://medium.com/the-book-mechanic/the-effect-of-positive-mental-health-on-writing-output-bdd15aecd706 – The Effect of Positive Mental Health on Writing Output: This article is packed full of great information on how to stay writing no matter what even on those bad days. It also explains that if you want to write every day you need to look after your mind.
- https://becomeawritertoday.com/self-care-for-writers/ – Self-Care for Writers: What You Need To Know: My final article this week contains a great video that explores why self-care is so important for writers as well as looking at some of the common and harmful myths about creativity. The video is just over half an hour, but well worth investing the time in.
I hope you enjoyed the links today and remember there is always someone willing to talk and listen to you. Don’t bottle everything up. If you feel you need help, reach out. You’d be surprised how many writers are willing to talk and who have experienced the same doubts and frustrations as you. Don’t sit in silence. The more we talk, the more we speak out, the more we end the stigma surrounding mental health. I look forward to bringing you some more Really Useful Links next week. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch and I will see what I can do.
(c) Amanda J Evans