Processing COVID-19: On Paper
I think we can all agree that 2021 has been a rough year.
Of course, none of us expected living through the midst of a global pandemic to be easy, but I also don’t think that anyone could have anticipated just how much COVID would completely change the way we live.
In 2020, we went through nationwide panic, city-wide and state-wide shutdowns, and even toilet paper shortages (oh, and remember your Corona hair?!) Sadly, though, the worldwide pandemic seems to still be going strong.
For many of us, having this much forced “alone” time without the usual group activities and events, can easily weigh on the mind. That said, here is my suggestion for coping with the extra time you may have this winter.
How COVID Has Affected Us
It seems pertinent to first discuss what exactly we’re coping with. After all, the first step to getting through a difficult time is to process what’s happening – to the world at large and in our personal lives.
For most of 2020 and 2021, I’ve been wearing a mandatory mask in public places. Social distancing was heavily enforced, which resulted in a mandatory shutdown for all businesses that were not deemed “necessary,” like movie theaters, skating rinks, bowling alleys, etc. which were no longer able to service customers.
Then, when businesses got the green light from the government and finally opened back up, there were still guidelines in place that made shopping and going out less than normal. Long lines to get into grocery stores, mandatory masks, and clothing stores were still prohibited from allowing shoppers to use dressing rooms.
And, of course, COVID has definitely caused a sense of heightened anxiety among the best of us. We continue to be aware that after being in close proximity to someone, we (just!) could have picked up the virus and are asymptomatic, or perhaps unknowingly cause a next person to get infected. It’s something that for most plays in the back of our minds. A simple cough is not to be ignored anymore.
I was scheduled to visit my family in the Netherlands last August, but in the end there were too many variables, rules and risks, so I decided to postpone the trip. During this pandemic, my sister’s small Dutch village alone lost a total of 50 people in a short amount of time. And throughout a variety of waves, things remain on high alert. The entire community has been affected as each person at least knows a few people who either have died, been ill, were for weeks in the hospital, or needed several months of revalidation.
These are just some of my experiences. Let me know in the comments what the most difficult part of COVID has been for you.
How Writing Can Help You Cope
An excellent method of coping with COVID during the coming months, is to take up writing as a hobby.
Writing or journaling can be excellent because it provides an escape from your current situation and circumstances, especially when your house begins to feel like a prison. Writing also has the ability to transport you to a completely different place, no matter what you’re jotting down.
For example, writing about past experiences and positive memories you have with your family and friends, takes you back to those times and allows you to live them all over again. Or, writing to process your feelings about living through a pandemic and how COVID has affected your family or community.
The point is, no matter who you are, writing can be a positive escape that you have complete control over, and in the time of COVID-19, that’s absolutely essential.
What Do I Do With All This Writing When I’m Done?
It can often be difficult to decide what to do with your writing when you’re done with it. After all, if you spent a couple of hours just jotting down memories that you wanted to relive or refresh in your mind, then you probably aren’t going to go the publishing route. Not to mention, doing nothing with it can seem like a waste.
This is where LIFEazine comes in.
LIFEazine is a magazine creation software that allows you to jot down those musings digitally. Including a few photos with your writings, will create of cohesive story in no time. You can export the pages you wrote to your friends and family, and by scrolling through the digital pages, they’ll be able to live life through your eyes. By doing so, they will understand what you saw, and feel what you felt.
Not only does this help you to feel like you didn’t waste time with all the writing you did, but it also creates a valuable memoir in the process that is simply priceless.
COVID has been hard on all of us, but that doesn’t mean we have to sit back and suffer. Instead, try writing out some of your most important memories onto a sheet of paper. Then, mull it over and see if you have any photos that might go along with those stories. And finally, give LIFEazine a spin and – step by step - start creating your own contemporary and engaging magazine!
For more information on how to use LIFEazine, check out our article on how to create your own magazine. Or, if you’re not quite convinced, you can have a look at why you should create a personal magazine.
Regardless of what you do, it’s time to take back control of your life from COVID—and small steps like expressing your experiences on paper are the most important of all.
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