As a blogger it may be obvious that I love to write, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t need to hone my skills. I was delighted when I was offered the chance to review a new online course from Life In Slow Motion that helps people with chronic pain learn to get in touch with their true self through expressive writing. I was provided with complimentary access to the class materials in order to create an honest opinion of the class 31 Days of Expressive Writing for People with Chronic Illness and Pain.
Topics Covered in 31 Days of Expressive Writing.
Each topic includes 5 lessons. Four of these lessons are simple prompts that can be journaled through in 10-15 minutes, or more if you’d like. You can be as light or as deep with your writing as you desire.
- Tell Your Story
- Grief and Emotions
- Strength, Hope, and Joy
How Long Does The Course Take?
One of the things that I liked about this course is the flexible pacing. Writing every day for 31 days in a row is the best to create the habit. However, not everyone can realistically achieve that pace. This easy online class allows students to move along as its best for them. Flexibility in scheduling is so important to people with chronic illness and I really loved that this course acknowledged that from the get go.
- Option 1: Write 5 out of 7 days a week for 6 weeks, plus one day at the end. Take 2 days off each week to refresh and recharge. For example, you might write on weekdays and then take the weekend off.
- Option 2: Write every day for 31 days in a row.
- Option 3: Take the class at your leisure. Journal when you feel like it and as you have time.
Thoughts About 31 Days of Expressive Writing
I found this class a nice journey into self reflection and overall life with chronic pain. My feeling is that it best serves those who have been living with chronic pain and are looking for new ways to move forward. There comes a point when people fighting chronic pain feel stuck in their illness. This expressive writing course is a great tool for evaluating where you are and how you got there, in an effort to help you move forward with a new perspective. A change of mindset can often lead to new opportunities for health and self-care, and this course will help people feeling stuck to open up their view.
“The benefit you receive from this course depends so much on how deeply you choose to engage with your own thoughts, feelings, and perspectives.” Like so many things, what you get out of it depends on what you put in.
What I didn’t like.
The only issue that I really had with this course was the general use of the term “God” and “him” in the faith section. I found that this phrasing limited the friendliness of the course for use by people that don’t prescribe to one of the “big three” religions. That discomfort is only in the specific verbiage I mentioned. The course is not not preachy in any way, and can easily be applied to people with a broad variety of religious leanings.
More Courses from Life In Slow Motion
31 Days of Expressive Writing for Chronic Illness and Pain is not the only course available from Life in Slow Motion. The company offers an 8 week chronic pain self-management course called What Really Helps People With Chronic Pain; as well as the useful A Complete Guide to Pacing for Chronic Pain. Courses from Life in Slow Motion would be fantastic gifts for loved ones struggling with chronic pain or illness.