Keep Your Focus: Writing With Mental Illness

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Drafts don’t have to be pretty. Sometimes they can be your mental vomit, you can polish it later— just get it out!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 

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