I’ll admit I haven’t been following my own advice the past week. I let the stress of this pandemic get to me. So in the wake of everything that has happened so far, I’m writing this as a reminder that it is human to occasionally be unable to write, to fail to keep deadlines. It is human to feel crushed under the weight of the world, or to feel that very weight in the palm of your hand when you hold the pen, unable to write. This is an extraordinary circumstance.

However, it’s also good to mention that even if this circumstance did not exist, you could still feel that weight. You could still feel stressed and underappreciated and depressed and manic and scared.

But I do not invite you to wallow in it with me. I have crawled out of the pit of my own depression, and I still have more advice for how you can join me. My depression is still nagging me, telling me I’m worthless and I can’t do anything right. It’s telling me to shut down this blog because no one reads it anyways, despite how much it aids me personally to write the blog posts.

So my advice for you: Call up a friend or relative. Get out in the sunshine, if only for fifteen minutes. Take vitamin D supplements if there’s no sunshine to be found. Snuggle up with your favorite person or pet and feel the effects of dopamine and serotonin.

And for now, enjoy this lovely picture of my dog, Snicket, as she runs in joyous abandon.

Named for Lemony Snicket and the series of unfortunate events that brought her to us.

You can look for my next update tomorrow. Keep writing.

Published by Keily Blair

Keily Blair is a creative writing student at UT Chattanooga, where her nonfiction won the Creative Writing Nonfiction Award. Her fiction has appeared in Nth Degree, Five on the Fifth, and is upcoming in Trembling With Fear and Night to Dawn. Her creative nonfiction is upcoming in Breath & Shadow. She is currently at work on a fantasy novel and a collection of essays about being a person with bipolar disorder. Her goal is to help other writers let go of stress and anxiety so they can reach their full potential.

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