Writing Intervention- Alena Andrews

For my self-intervention the week of 11/26, I am choosing to write every day for at least 10 minutes. I have always loved writing and have tried to keep a journal in the past, mostly unsuccessfully, to record the string of thoughts in my head and even just the basic events of my day. I have tended to record moments in my life, such as trips or relationships, that are temporary or I’ve placed more importance on than my daily life. However, I think I could get so much more out of a daily journaling practice, even if its as simple as jotting down a couple of things I am grateful for from the day. This poses a challenge in making time out of my day to commit to writing, but I think it would offer so much value in allowing me to organize my thoughts and emotions, and could be something that I turn to when I need to understand my past emotions and how I feel about something. 10 minutes is not a long time either, and I think it would be feasible to start with a shorter time commitment- and who knows, maybe I’ll be inspired to write for longer! I see this practice as another way to also help me spend less time on social media, and more time on writing. Updates to come at the end of the week!

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This intervention really helped me to organize my thoughts and evaluate my day. Sometimes it was difficult to find the time at the end of the day to write, especially if I was tired or it was getting late. I think in the future, it would be more feasible in the long-term to set aside one or two days a week to write for a longer time, so it doesn’t feel like another task to mark off the list at the end of the day. Overall, it brought me a greater sense of self-awareness and was a calming way to clear my thoughts at the end of the day.

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