When Owen posted the Write Together challenge, a pang of dread shot through my mind- ugh, now it’s time to start writing again.
I knew I had to do it. I’ve been studying psychology and mindfulness for 10 years, spending over 10,000 hours working on how to help people live better lives. The things I’ve learned and ideas I’ve had need to be shared with more people than just the clients I see face to face.
And that's the thing- despite that dread that's a natural gift of the human mind when it faces a daunting task, it's something I want to do. Like virtually any other habit, writing becomes enjoyable the more you do it. Editing provides the satisfaction of watching raw unfiltered thoughts grow into a sculpted piece that can help people live better lives. What could be more fulfilling than that?
I want to open up discussions that help people improve their own ability to manage stress. I approaching this as a coach, not an expert. While I have some knowledge that I think can help people, I want to help people examine their own lives more than I want to tel them what to do.
In the spirit of this, I’ll be finishing every post with a writing prompt. Journaling is one of the most powerful ways to cope with difficult emotional states, and amazing research by James Pennebaker has shown that for survivors of major trauma, writing about their trauma can be equally cathartic to actually talking about it with a therapist or trusted friend. All of the writing I've done to help other people has grown out of my own journaling about my own struggles and experiences, and it only makes sense to continue in that spirit.
Your prompt for today:
Write about one thing that you're dreading, but that could reduce your stress by tackling it head on.