Self isolation can be a very lonely and even scary time for some people and although companies like Zoom are being used to connect people the world over, there is something so precious about receiving a handwritten note, letter or postcard from a loved one. Now, it’s more important than ever to keep in touch with loved ones, elderly relatives and older people in the community.
1 Makes the recipient feel good
Seeing a note or envelope on your doormat carries more weight than a notification popping up in your inbox. The thought behind sending a card or letter can speak volumes and show the recipient that you truly do care. Think about the last time you received a handwritten postcard or letter. How did it make you feel?
2 Writing postcards and letters is fun
According to one survey I read, half of British children have never sent a handwritten letter. What a perfect time to start. It’s a fun activity for kids, allowing them to express their feelings and words from ink to paper. And if the thought of helping your child write a letter fills you with dread, keep it simple. Start with a postcard and progress to letters at a later date. Postcards are short and sweet and you can get your message across in just a few lines. And whilst at home, why not get creative? We’ve just ordered a wax stamp and we like to use washy tape and ribbons. And if you’re thinking of honing a new skill why not learn Calligraphy? There’s some great You Tube tutorials to learn from.
3 It’s personal
A small gesture of posting a note, not expecting anything back, just showing compassion during these tough times, makes us the sender more grateful and loving. It’s such a personal thing to do. Choosing your words or colouring in pencils, sourcing the stamps, getting to the postbox all requires more thought than a simple text message. The therapeutics of writing how you’re feeling can help calm the mind and put you in a good mood.
4 It creates special memories
There’s something so charming and nostalgic about receiving an envelope in the mail. It makes people feel all fuzzy and warm knowing that you have gone to the effort to show you care. And as letters and postcards are tangible, trust me, they are more likely to treasure your note as a keepsake, something we rarely do with emails and texts. I still have letters my cousin used to send me from Chicago and postcards friends sent from their holidays. Every now and then I like to dig them out, transport myself back in time and relive those special memories and relationships.
The age of sending postcards is now – let’s start the snail mail revolution!