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PERSONAL GROWTH by Kris Martinez T he Covid-19 pandemic has led to a mental health crisis in America. A recent survey* by the Centers for Disease Control found that almost 41% of respondents are struggling with mental health issues stemming from the pandemic, with a staggering 11% saying they had seriously considered suicide in the last 30 days. These statistics are alarming. And with a long-term solution to the pandemic nowhere in sight, what can people do to stay sane during such ongoing uncertainty? One simple tool to help to manage your life when everything feels so out of control is something you already have access to: writing. Specifically, writing therapy can help ground yourself to relieve stress, improve focus, and calm your mind. But how can just writing about your feelings help to combat depression and anxiety? Is picking up a pen really that beneficial? And how does it work? Writing to Relieve Stress and Anxiety Writing can have significant positive effects on helping you to process traumatic or extremely stressful events, and can help you feel a sense of empowerment and control over your life. Elena Efimova / Shutterstock.com 52 enterprising Women

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