I’m entering the month with a pesky cough which isn’t very fun. The COVID swab at the GP came back negative; it was very efficient and they texted me the results the next day. Anyway, what will you be up to this February? We know the pandemic’s going to be a while so if you celebrate Valentine’s Day, what are your plans? Take a peek at the February writing prompts and also a list of awareness dates below, which you can use to incorporate into your linkup entry if you like. I can’t wait to read what you’ve been up to; the good, bad and ugly. We’re in this to support each other in one way or another!
February 2021 Awareness Dates
- American Heart Month
- International CHD (Childhood Heart Disease) Awareness Month
- Low Vision Awareness Month
- National Children’s Dental Health Month
- National Heart Month (UK)
- Go Bright for The Fight (Muscular Dystrophy Awareness) (01 February)
- Time to Talk Day (04 February)
- World Cancer Day (04 February)
- Children’s Mental Health Week (01 – 07 February)
- Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week (01 – 07 February)
- Tinnitus Awareness Week (01 – 07 February)
- International Epilepsy Day (08 February)
- Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (08 – 14 February)
- National Condom Day (14 February)
- National Donor Day (14 February)
- World Encephalitis Day (22 February)
- National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (22 – 28 February)
- Rare Disease Day (28 February)
*Note: This is not a comprehensive list. Let me know if I missed anything out and I’ll add it in!
What The February Writing Prompts are About & How to Participate
The linkups are a monthly get together for anyone with a chronic illness, mental disorder or disability. An opportunity to share, to listen, and to learn from one another through shared writing prompts. 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 using at least three of the writing prompts listed below, and publish it on your blog, or to a free writing platform like Medium. Then click on the blue ‘Add Link’ button to add your blog post to this page. Voilà, you’re now part of the linkup party!
A Few Simple Rules to Keep Things Fair for Everyone
- Only one link submission per website.
- Do comment on at least two other blog posts in this linkup if you participate. Helping to spread the word on your social media is always appreciated, but not required.
- Linkups start on the first of every month. There will be five different writing prompts. It will close at the end of each month before midnight. All timings listed are in Singapore time (+8 GMT).
- Pick at least three of the writing prompts to write about. Five is best, of course! 😉 You can write about your latest experiences with chronic illness, or even turn it into an evergreen blog post.
- Insert a link to this post when you submit your blog entry for auto verification.
- Failure to follow these rules might get you blacklisted from future linkups. Let’s keep it fair for all 🙂
Get the February Writing Prompts!
Is the year defining you, or are you defining it? Often it can be hard to separate yourself from life’s whims and fancies. It’s true, we don’t really have a grip on life, but we do have options. Perhaps you are defining a new role, routine or boundaries for yourself, your kid or someone else. You could even be having a bit of fun at home with some makeup or clothing, defining facial or bodily features. You could be struggling to understand the definition of certain words or limitations, or defining meaning for yourself.
How are you allocating your spoons this month? Chronic pain, fatigue and all their evil friends do consume quite a bit of resources. You could be allocating your time or focus to specific projects or tasks such as meal prepping, work, blogging, personal projects, finances, investments and more. Being chronically ill does take
a bita lot of planning for everyday life! You could also be allocating resources in your workplace, school, or whichever department you’re in.
With the pandemic going on and on, it’s of paramount importance that we unite to curb this virus. Sadly, we’re doing just about the opposite right now. Pandemic aside, you could be trying to harmonise your mind, body and spirit. Or you could be uniting with certain people, groups or causes (virtually works, too) for fun or for a common goal. You could be trying to unite certain groups of people together, or maybe even just trying to maintain peace and order in a locked up home.
You could be saving money, yes. What apps or hacks do you use to do so? What are you saving up for? You could also be saving a treat for later, saving a seat for someone, saving your sanity, saving some compassion for yourself every day, or saving time. Or you could go big – saving a life, the environment, the world!
It’s important that we educate ourselves using verified channels and sources in an age where misinformation spreads like wildfire. We need to continue educating others and raising awareness about invisible illnesses, and the impact they have on a human being. We need to keep learning, growing and improving at our own pace, as change is the only constant in life. You could also be a teacher or mentor who’s in charge of educating bright young minds (or even older ones!).
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