It’s time for the August Linkup! The year certainly has flown by, not just for those of us who are perpetually home or bedbound, but also for society in general with the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. Who knows when it’ll be over, all we can do is to wait it out; take precautionary measures both for the good of ourselves and others around us. Patience is key; it’s always the final moment where everything is lost or breaks, so it’s essential that we be patient to the very end. It can be frustrating being cooped up for so long, but the alternative is even more frustration and misery.
Here’s a list of awareness dates I could find for August this year, in case you’d like to tie them into your writing prompts for the month. As always, I’m excited to read your take on the prompts, and hear about how you’ve been. Happy writing, reading, sharing and commenting to all!
August 2020 Awareness Dates:
- MedicAlert Awareness Month 2020
- National Immunization Awareness Month 2020 Resources You Can Use
- Psoriasis Awareness Month 2020
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month 2020
- Gastroparesis Awareness Month 2020
- Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month 2020
What It’s All About
It is a monthly get together for anyone with chronic illnesses. An opportunity to share, to listen, and to learn from one another. I also think it’s a great way to provide insight into life with chronic pain, from many different points of view. All you have to do is write a short excerpt for at least three of the listed prompts, and publish it on your blog. Then click on the blue ‘Add Link’ button below to add your blog entry here. Voilà, you’re now part of the party!
A Few Simple Rules:
- Only 1 link per website.
- Do comment on at least 2 other blog posts in this linkup if you participate. Helping to spread the word on your social media is always appreciated, but not required.
- This linkup starts on the 1st of every month. There will be 5 different prompts. It will close at the end of each month before midnight. All timings listed are in Singapore time (+8 GMT).
- Pick at least 3 of the prompts to write about. 5 is best, of course! 😉
- We also ask that you share this main link to at least one of your social media outlets within the same month.
- Failure to follow these rules might get you blacklisted from future linkups. Let’s keep it fair for all 🙂
Prompts for the Month
How’s the lockdown going on your end of the planet? Are the laws unlocking and easing up a little, and how does that impact you with chronic illness or disability, or just in general? You could also be unlocking your potential, unlocking a door to a new house, unlocking and facing some trauma from the past, unlocking your mind and perspectives, and so much more!
Has the lockdown limited you in some way, or continues to do so? Or perhaps you could talk about the limitations in terms of accessibility in society and the workplace. Perhaps you find yourself confined to your home or to certain people, or you’re limiting your sugar or fried food intake! You could also be limiting screen time for you or your child, or trying to limit the amount of stress or pain in your life.
Have you been spending the time at home studying or learning something new? Perhaps reading up on social media and blogging tips, a new art or craft, perfecting a new dish or hobby? You might also be a student whose schooling life has been vastly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, or a teacher on the other side of it. You could even be studying how an animal, insect or nature behaves, a philosophy, mindfulness techniques, or researching about a topic.
You could be watching time fly by, watching your kids, or watching your diet. You could also be engrossed in a certain TV series or recommend a film to watch. Perhaps you’re keeping an eye on the news intensely, or trying to guard your thoughts. You could also be watching and learning from a YouTube educational or fitness series, or something else.
We all could use a bit of healing and more gentleness in our lives, no matter who we are. Are you healing from a certain trauma, a surgery, or from a pain flare? You could also be trying to heal from an emotional breakup, be it platonic or romantic. Or you could be trying to revive your garden or plants, or care for a sick or injured animal, friend or family member. Healing comes in many forms, is a process, and is a lifelong journey towards wellness.
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