Inspired by Blogger Haley Studies‘s list of study tips with mental illness, here are some general tips to keep in mind when the process seems to be too much.
- Take things slow. Give yourself time and work ideas out. Take walks, drink tea, trash drafts. Often you’ll discover more about a piece, and yourself when you let your mind wander in the early stages, there’s no need to pressure yourself.
- Drafts don’t have to be pretty. Sometimes they can be your mental vomit, you can polish it later— just get it out!
- Don’t beat yourself up. Writing is an art form, a type of self expression. Comparing yourself to others doesn’t do anyone good. Not everything is going to be a gem, and that’s perfectly fine. Be proud of the things you create, they could be gateways to other, bigger ideas.
- Write in routines. Yes, I know you’ve probably heard your professors say it, but it’s true. Some kind of writing routine keeps the mind going and the hands busy. Productivity is always healthy. It’s also a great way to track moods and mental patterns.
- Hydrate! Drinking water regularly helps with both anxiety and depression, and it keeps the mind awake.
To see more links on how to study/write with more specific illnesses (such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD) see the links provided in Haley’s post.
Take care of yourselves, writers.