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The importance of writing letters

In this digital age, handwritten letters are becoming less and less common and even considered old fashioned. After all, why send a letter when I can send a text in a matter of seconds.

However, at a time when many of us are socialising less and feeling more isolated, there has never been a better time to stop looking at our screens and putting pen to paper to feel reconnected to those we are close to.

Here we touch on six key reasons why writing a letter to someone can be beneficial.

1. A keepsake you can treasure

Having something you can physically hold is a great way to feel connected and keep memories alive. You can keep and look back at letters you have received over time and be immediately transported back in time through the power of the handwritten word.

2. A Screen-free activity

As the pandemic continues to affect our lives we are all watching more television and looking at our computers more frequently; but too much screen time can have a negative impact on our health. From dry and irritated eyes to concentration difficulties and poor sleep, there are many reasons to enjoy screen-free activities like letter writing. 

3. Great for mental wellbeing

Writing letters can be extremely therapeutic and can help to relieve anxiety. The motion of putting pen on paper provides clarity and peace. Research also suggests writing letters to your nearest and dearest to share your love and show your appreciation can help you to feel happier and more satisfied.

4. Keeps the mind sharp

It’s important we do activities that simulate the brain and this is particularly important in our later years. Writing letters is a fantastic way to keep the mind active as it helps to improve memory, concentration and communication skills.

5. Strengthen relationships

Imagine the feeling of opening an unexpected letter from a loved one.

The thought of someone taking the time to write a message just for you and making the effort to post it or to put the letter through your door is a great way to make some feel appreciated and to bring you closer together.

During these current times of social distancing and self-isolation due to Covid-19, many people are feeling lonely and disconnected from their loved ones. Receiving a letter can do wonders for helping people to feel valued and connected to their family and friends.

6. A thoughtful alternative to a visit

Covid-19 has caused many challenges to visiting family and friends and although a letter doesn’t compare to a visit, it can still help to make people feel united and cherished.

You could be on the other side of the world from a loved one but seeing your handwriting and reading your thoughtful message can make you feel closer than ever.

Postcard Pals

To help keep our residents’ minds stimulated and help them stay connected to friends, family and their community, we introduced a Postcard Pals exchange programme which is all about the joys of writing and receiving letters.

It is easy to get involved, whether you are a relative, friend or just someone with a warm heart, just write a letter, postcard, a simple message, photo or a drawing to a Four Seasons care home near you and we will happily share it with our residents. We would be delighted to hear from you and you may even get a response back. 

Just send drawings and postcards to your chosen home. Addresses can be found on every home’s web page.

Four Seasons Health Care is one of the UK’s largest independent health care providers with over 180 care homes across the UK; find a home near you.

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