How to Reduce Screen Time in the Digital Age | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Since the rise of the smartphone, indicators of mental health such as happiness, self-esteem and life satisfaction have decreased while serious mental health issues like anxiety, depression, loneliness and suicide have increased significantly. Here are some tips to reduce screen time.
— Read on www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/August-2018-/How-to-Reduce-Screen-Time-in-the-Digital-Age

Prompt/Cope 7.22.18: “Flashbacks”

Write a poem or story in which you move back and forth in time.  Flashback to a past situation (good or bad) and come back to the present.  What happened then?  How does it affect you now?  Or does it affect you now?  What metaphorical trope will you use?  For example, will you use something in nature to compare this situation to?  Did the situation involve you and somebody else?  Or just you?  If it was just you, consider creating a “past” you and a “present” you as if you’re communicating with yourself.   Explore, imagine, be adventurous in your writing and how the structure of the piece reflects the situation.  (David Welper, Founder/EIC)   #Keep writing…  #StigmaFree  #Zines

Prompt/Cope 5/9/18: “Jealousy”

Is jealousy a mental mental issue? I suppose it can be if you let it consume you. What or who are you jealous of? Why? As a writer there’s a certain level of “I wish I could write like that person” or “I want X award like that person has.” I feel the jealousy at times. But there’s a point where I tell myself “you’re doing Poetry your way, let them do it their way.” Easier said than done. But part of any creative Art is the “doing it my way” endeavor. Consider this: what if you didn’t get jealous of others’ successes and instead be inspired by them? (David Welper, EIC)

keep writing…#curestigma#writerslife

Prompt/Cope 2/10/18: “Cheers!”

Cheers to all the poets who are socially awkward, are shy, who feel not as popular as others, who hold off making too many plans until the last minute when they know they’re in the right mood to socialize, who deal with depression and anxiety or bipolar or psychotic symptoms but still have the GUTS to keep trying & keep writing & keep hope.

Here’s to those who understand that a lot of us have to work a lot at our day jobs to pay bills and sometimes even when we’re not working and not depressed we just need to stay home instead of going to this & that event cuz we’re exhausted and need a relaxing peaceful night at home.

Here’s to those who are underdogs/different/unique/weird/challenging/loners….poets who want to do it all THEIR way.

(David Welper)

…keep writing…

Prompt/Cope 1/27/18: “Body Scan”

Body scanning is a simple meditation practice.   Find a quiet place to sit alone, close your eyes, focus on breathing, then focus on a part of your body going from head to toe or toe to head.  Nothing exists but that body part…be it your feet, or your elbows, or your hair.  As a creative exercise, you could picture what is flowing through your body…is there a butterfly floating through your body?   Relax, be creative, have fun and keep writing@BuddyLitZine   #amwriting  #mentalhealth