Can writing letters help with your anxiety? ✍🏼
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Did you know letter writing can boost mood and make stress easier to handle? According to a recent feature on the Today Show, here are just a few ways letter writing can help your mental health.
"Writing can be a potentially helpful exercise when any of us are feeling emotional because it can help to recruit activation of the executive functioning parts of the brain that help build rationality and help to give us some perspective." - Lily Brown, an assistant professor of psychology and director at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia
Sending a letter requires the writer to be more thoughtful than digital communication. This reflection can help deepen relationships and these strong bonds make it easier for people to deal with stress.
“It provides enhanced structure around the day, particularly for people who take a moment to be reflective about it.”
And don't forget, it's good for the recipient too. "It breaks up the monotony. They get excited to walk to the mailbox down the block (change of scenery),” according to the Today Show.
Ready to add letter writing into your mindfulness routine? All Saltworks Paper collections are buy one, get the second 50% off for Mental Health Awareness month. Just use code MENTALWELLNESS at checkout.