Message to myself. Sunday June 17, 2018
I have a confession: my name is Leah and I like to write letters to myself.
Long time readers of my blogs would know I have written a letter to my bipolar, and an interview with my inner critic.
I don't expect a reply. It may sound quite strange but even since I was young I just felt a need, if I was experiencing difficult times, to write letters to myself.
When I read them back they had a calming effect on me or if not calming I could see what I was writing down and the mere fact I had written something really helped me.
These days is it more likely to be written on the computer as I am at the computer a lot and it is easy to access. Sometimes I will email myself, so it seems like I am getting an email from someone else even though I know it is from me. Does that sound weird?
When I address myself as another person it helps to get things into perspective and I can give advice and sometimes I see my problems from a different perspective.
Now this isn't going to work for everyone. Some of you will think Oh dear, Leah has so many more problems than I realised.
Just in case you think I am not strange enough, I have written a conversation with myself usually when I have a decision to make.
It can be comforting to write everything down and things will appear that you didn't see before.
People say that you should treat yourself as you would a friend because we are usually kinder to friends to yourself.
So, a letter to myself is usually kinder and more understanding as I write to myself like I am a friend.
If you have you tried writing a letter to yourself, how did you find it?
If not, would you be willing to try it?
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