It’s time for the July writing prompts! If you’ve never joined us, it’s specially for people who live with chronic illness, chronic pain and/or a disability. If you’re hesitating to join us, please don’t! I personally love to read what every single person has to share about their parallel lives with chronic illness, and it’s no different for these July writing prompts.
2021 hasn’t been the kindest, I don’t think. So I’m hoping that the second half of the year will be a good one for us all. Happy writing for the July writing prompts and as always, I look forward to reading and sharing your posts!
July 2021 Awareness Dates
- Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month
- Cord Blood Awareness Month
- Good Care Month #GoodCareGnome
- Group B Strep Awareness Month
- Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
- Plastic Free July
- Sarcoma Awareness Month
- Talk to Us Awareness Month (UK / Ireland) #WeListen
- UV Safety Awareness Month
- International Plastic Bag Free Day (03 July)
- Clean Beaches Week (01 – 07 July)
- World Chocolate Day (07 July)
- #GladtoCare Awareness Week (05 – 09 July)
- National Hygiene Week (05 – 11 July)
- Self-Care Day (24 July)
- World Hepatitis Day (28 July)
*Note: This is not a comprehensive list. Let me know if I missed anything out and I’ll add it in!
What The July 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 July 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 July Writing Prompts!
Living with chronic illness and the chronic pain that accompanies it can make you feel way older than your actual age. I often worry about both my parents and me aging. It’s a scary thought – will I be in more pain as I age, will I suffer alone, will I even have any money to live at all? This prompt can also be used for a better version of aging by the way – wine, whiskey, wisdom, a relationship! Some things do get better with age, too 🙂
Have you been suffering from any ailments, pain or side effects of late? Have your pain flares been intermittent or unrelenting? Or perhaps your heart is breaking from watching someone or something else suffer (a person, an animal, the planet, etc). Or perhaps you’re undergoing suffering willingly for a long-term gain, such as an exercise routine (or even meditation!) or your studies.
Through all these years of living with a disability or chronic illness, has your lifestyle, mindset, appearances, routines, character or something else changed? Perhaps all that and more has. You could also be transforming into someone with more self-esteem through self-acceptance, affirmations and/or neuroplasticity practices. You could be transforming your home into an even cosier sanctuary or plant haven, transforming your mindset, or reinventing yourself in some other way.
How have you been navigating life thus far, this year, and how do you plan to navigate the future with chronic illness in tow? You could also be trying to navigate public spaces in a bid to avoid all the people who are not wearing masks… Or navigating a complicated healthcare system, a route, your keyboard, etc.
Visualisation is a powerful tool for many purposes. It is commonly used in meditative and anxiety-relieving practices. Do you use it to cope with chronic pain or to help your mental health and mood? You could also be visualising a better future for yourself and your loved ones. Or visualising a healthier body, a better world for all and more.
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