Mindfulness and Letter Writing

letter writing for InCoCriMo
February is InCoWriMo month (International Correspondence Writing Month)

As well as being Valentines month, February is also InCoWriMo month, or, International Correspondence Writing Month (a movement striving to keep hand written letter writing alive!) and writing by hand is a great form of mindfulness and self care.

Admittedly, the convenience of emailing can’t be ignored but a thoughtfully chosen, hand addressed notecard or letter is guaranteed to brighten up any a mailbox

Self care through mindfulness and letter writing

Here are five great benefits of the handwritten note.

1 Mindfulness.  Mindfulness has become a much talked about part of a self care routine, and the act of focusing wholeheartedly on one activity is the foundation of mindfulness.  Paying attention to each word and phrase you write brings your full attention to the task in hand as you are absorbed in the process of writing.

there are great health benefits to using pen and paper

2 Digital Detox.  Putting your digital gadgets to one side for any length of time is seen as a very healthy thing to do. The recent resurgence in journaling has demonstrated that there are great health benefits to using pen and paper.

InCoWriMo letter writing month
February is InCoWriMo letter writing month

3 Learning.  There is evidence to suggest that physically writing helps in the learning process and supports information retention and memory.  Learning new things is always a great way of keeping the mind active.  If you are looking to learn more about handwritten notes then  To The Letter by Simon Garfield is an interesting study of the ‘Lost Art of Letter Writing’.

each word and phrase you write brings your full attention to the task in hand as you are absorbed in the process of writing

4 Creativity.  Letter writing is also a great way of incorporating creativity into your life.  Drawing, sketching and doodling add to the creative expression of the written words.  There are many books available to help explore creativity and letter writing.  Write Back Soon offers some fun & inspiring ideas.

5 Nurturing relationships.  Taking the time to select the right notecard and pen and spending time writing to a friend, relation or student helps nurture our emotional relationships with the real people in our lives instead of the digital friends we may spend too much time with.

Receiving is as valuable as sending

There are many great sources for beautiful stationery and cards and here are a few favorites from the handmade community of Etsy.  All with a yoga theme so perfect for your students and yoga loving buddies.

yoga poses, yoga art, yoga notecards
Colorful notecard set of 4 classic poses
Female yogi seated pose
Cute yogi meditating in cobbler pose
flow illustrations yogis
Beautifully illustrated cards that show the ‘flow’ of the poses
set of yoga notecards
Bright illustrated yoga notecards
Trio of yoga ladies
How fun are these yoga ladies?

So, whether it be a thank you note, a thinking of you letter or news filled card for the holidays we celebrate, consider sending a hand written note.

Here’s hoping your mailbox is bursting in February!

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Please know that as an affiliate for some of the items included in this post I may be paid a small commission if you buy something you link to from this post.  Also, as an Etsy seller myself, I have included links to Etsy stationery shops in support of the Etsy community.

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