In this time of pandemic national emergency, social isolation, and self-quarantine, it is important to keep our connection to others to avoid loneliness and anxiety. Both journaling and writing letters can help in many ways.

This is true even without a pandemic happening, as we look for ways to connect with others. Remember how nice it could be to get an actual letter in the mail from a friend or relative?

We all have friends, relatives, neighbors, and perhaps co-workers who can use a personal hello from someone they know. You can send texts and emails and letters can still be mailed. The post office is still delivering mail and you can buy a book of stamps online at https://store.usps.com/store/home. Let people know that you care and are thinking about them and want to know how they are doing. If you are home right now for any length of time, create a list of who you would like to connect with. A text can be limiting and an email may get overlooked, so let’s get back to the art of letter writing!

Here is a starter list to prompt some ideas to write letters:

  • Any relative in your life: start with your immediate family. Then you can list aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, grandparents and grandchildren, step families, long-distance relatives, etc.
  • Any person who has been like a mother, father, sister or brother to you
  • Mentors in your life
  • Teachers: either current or from the past
  • Someone you would like to thank for kindness they did or provided to you
  • A former classmate or roommate that you have lost touch with

I’m sure you’ll think of more people you would like to contact once you begin!

For some it can be a text, for others an email, and for those in your immediate or long-distance family, a personal letter from you would be a most welcoming idea. Students at home can write letters and send artwork. This can bring a smile to friends and relatives who really need to feel connected right now.

At times like these, it’s most important that we all stay connected and realize that we are all there for each other. Imagine the smile you can bring to someone’s face when they open an unexpected letter from you, even if it’s been a long while or perhaps years since you have been in touch. The letter or note card doesn’t have to be long. The main thing is to let the person know that you are thinking of them, wanted to say hi, and also see how they are doing.

The most important thing to remember is to get started and just do it!

You can use whatever you have on hand for writing. If you need some new writing tools or note cards, you can start with the following ideas.These are a few links of beautiful note cards, pens, and other products that you can order online and get started with your letter writing. While you are at it, why don’t you order some art paper, note cards or postcards for kids to send?

Museum gift shops usually have a beautiful selection of note cards. You can Google “museum shop note cards” or your own local museums. Check out the art note cards with this link from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City: https://store.metmuseum.org/stationery-art-supplies/notecards-correspondence

Rifle Paper Co. has beautiful floral stationery or fun holiday postcards at: https://riflepaperco.com/stationery/stationery-sets

If I had to pick one chain store with nice note cards, I would try these at Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/b/stationery-writing/notecards/_/N-1hgx

When it comes to writing, enjoy the process with the nice pen. You may already have a pen you like or wonderful journaling pens, or here are some ideas you can look at. I like the Pilot G2 pens, preferring the fine point (.07) for letter writing, although they do have a variety of sizes and colors for everyone’s liking I always have the Pilot G2 on hand for all my writing. Fountain pens create a more classic approach to writing a letter, and can be fun to write with.

For a better ballpoint or fountain pen, you can start with these classic pens at Cross Pens: https://www.cross.com/cr_en_us/writing-instruments

Check out this beautiful and colorful selection of refillable ballpoint pens at Levenger: https://www.levenger.com/writing-8/ballpoint-pens-829.aspx

Letter writing has personal benefits.

Remember, the most important thing is to just do it! It may be hard at first to reach out and connect, although reestablishing relationships can be a wonderful bonus in a time when the world feels so chaotic. Letter writing gives you a time to be mindful, to reflect about the recipient and think about what you want to say. You are creating something for someone else. Easy

At times like this, I realize how both fragile and strong we are and that we are all in this world together. Please reach out and perhaps bring a smile to someone’s face or maybe touch a relative’s heart with your concern. You will also lighten your own heart when you see how connected you are to those around you.

Writing a Letter
Time to Write a Letter!