Cost: Do you have access to a computer or pen and paper? If so, zero.
Time Required: Completely up to you, but can devour hours at a time.
I enjoy writing a lot. Even when I’m having a day where it’s impossible to concentrate, it still feels good to jot down a couple of four-word sentences. It feels like I’ve accomplished something. That’s one of the reasons I try to write at least once a day, even when I’m having trouble stringing words together. In fact, I think it’s on those harder days that it’s more important for me to write something down.
You don’t have a degree in English or Creative Writing or anything like that to write a story. I don’t and I really enjoy coming up with ideas for stories and writing them out. I’ve written quite a few things, from really bad short stories and poems to an equally bad 300-page story. I’m not looking to make a living doing it, I just want to enjoy myself and (especially on the bad days) burn off some hours.
Nobody will see most of what I write, and that’s fine. Writing can help keep me grounded and distract me from a bad mood or bad thoughts.
Another thing you can write is a thank-you letter to someone or a group that has done something special for you. You can brighten up someone else’s day by letting them know they helped you out in some way.
Keeping a journal is a good way to remember special occasions and keep track of your recovery. I find it has therapeutic value, too, which is another reason I try to write a post about how I’m doing most days.
Writing is easy, can be exciting, and doesn’t take much in the way of resources. Even if you haven’t enjoyed it in the past, give it a try and see what happens!