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March Writing Prompts for People with Chronic Illnesses & Disabilities

March Writing Prompts for People with Chronic Illnesses & Disabilities

It’s time for the March writing prompts, believe it or not. And yes, I say ‘believe or not’ just about every month 😉 What have you been up to, these first three months of the ‘new’ year? It’s a lot of ‘sameness’ I guess, with the mutating COVID strains, and the need to remain cautious and in lockdown.

It feels a little surreal that I haven’t stepped out of the country for a while now, as travelling is something my dad has instilled into me since I was a child. He loves to travel, has always done so for work (maybe a bit too much as he’d be gone for months, sometimes), and took us on explorations whenever he could. He loved and loves off-beat tracks, and that has rubbed off of me as well. When I grew a little older, I in return, took him on off beat travels 🙂

Anyway, enough of reminiscing, as we dive forward into a brand new month! As always, I hope you enjoy yourself, and I can’t wait to read what you have to share with the March writing prompts!

March 2021 Awareness Dates

*Note: This is not a comprehensive list. Let me know if I missed anything out and I’ll add it in!

What The Monthly 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!

2021 March Writing Prompts

  • 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 March Writing Prompts!

  1. Incorporating
    Are you incorporating any new routines into your daily life? Or perhaps you’re incorporating new foods into your diet, or medications to control your chronic illness or autoimmune disorder. You could also be incorporating new work routines, blog scheduling, or additional self-care habits. Or maybe even incorporating colour into your wardrobe, makeup kit or thriving garden!
  2. Breathing
    I read this quote the other day from a book excerpt that resounded with me: ‘Breathing is everything and everything else is in-between.’ (P.s. Not an affiliate link, because I literally earn nothing doing that 😉 ) How true is that? Without breath, we literally die. So I thought I’d add this important word into the March writing prompts!

    How do you breathe with chronic pain? I know I have a hard time breathing deeply due to ribcage pains, and lung damage from a severe pulmonary embolism triggered by multiple DVTs from Antiphospholipid Syndrome. (You can read more about that hellish experience here, if you’re interested to know what that’s like.)

    Do you do any breathing exercises? Which are your favourites? Do you have a breathing tip? Do you use it to help calm down anxiety?

  3. Smiling
    A prompt that’s inspired by Katie’s post on the benefits of smiling. Read it for the science behind it! Do you have anything to smile about this month, or has something stolen your smile? You could be trying to pay more attention to the little things in life such as nature and children, which can bring a smile a smile to your face, from all that beauty and innocence.
  4. Stopping
    Is there something that you need to stop doing this month? Perhaps you need to break a bad habit, mindset or vicious cycle. Or maybe you need to stop taking a medication or stop trying a treatment that hasn’t proved helpful. You could also be finding ways to ‘stop time’ and live in the present moment, or you might be hitting the pause button at work to do some self-care. You could also be stopping by the grocery store, babysitter, clinic and more.
  5. Relishing
    Finally, is there any accomplishment or task that you’re relishing in this month? Something that you enjoy the process of doing, or something that you enjoy the fruits of labour of. Or perhaps you’re relishing in a new role – be it familial, work-related, as a mentor or something else. You could also be relishing a dish, or relishing in what you’ve cooked or baked!

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6 comments

  • Avatar of Carrie Kellenberger

    Thanks for another great list of prompts, Sheryl! I love these opportunities to write about things I might not necessarily write about, although this month I turned all of them into an actual post. Looking forward to April!

  • Avatar of dSavannah

    I wish I had more brain power to participate in this… maybe some day!

    Also “these first three months of the ‘new’ year” – I read this and thought – first three months? That can’t be right! But of course it is! Goodness! Time is flying!

    Thanks for ALL you do for the chronic illness community! You Rock!

    @dSavannahCreate from dSavannahRambles

  • Avatar of Katie Clark

    Wow! I inspired a topic:) That makes me smile big time! Thank you for reading my post and then using it as inspiration for this month’s linkup. Now, for me to write my response post!

    • Avatar of Sheryl Chan

      Haha…I do think of you my friend from time to time, because you have such an aura of wisdom and grandmotherly comfort! Sending hugs!

  • Avatar of Claire

    Ooh these prompts have been me thinking! Will be giving it some thought and joining in of course 🙂

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