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3 Ways To Incorporate Writing Into Self-Care Practice

Practicing self-care is more than just exercising and eating healthy.  However, it’s also crucial to develop habits that nurture your mental health. Writing can be a powerful tool to ease your mind and allow your creativity to flourish.

According to writer and psychotherapist Karen Dempsey, writing is a self-care activity that she highly recommends to her clients. “In my work as a psychotherapist, I encourage my clients to keep a journal – or at least to allow themselves to write freely when they have pent-up emotions that need to be aired. ‘Better out then in’ is my mantra,” Dempsey explains in her article, “How Expressive Writing Can Support Your Mental Health.” Whether you choose to keep a daily journal, anyone can use writing to improve their mental health. Anyone can benefit from exploring and understanding emotions through writing.

Self-Care Daily Recap 

Incorporating writing into your daily routine allows you to unwind and spend quiet time alone before bed, after work, or whenever suits you best. Write and reflect on the peaks and valley of your day to track your progress, accomplishments, and challenges you have overcome. Using your favorite pen will help you look forward to writing at the end of the day. Try the new Sarasa Grand, or the STEEL G-402 for a smooth performance and attractive barrel.

Optimist-Only Writing

This technique allows you to find positivity in any day. Optimist-only writing exercises your ability to let go of negativity, and focus solely on positive emotions that you may feel on a daily or weekly basis.  Write about how obstacles will make you a better employee, student, and person. Create a bullet journal spread of positive mantras, and use Zebra Mildliners to decorate and color.

Expressive Writing

Expressive writing allows you to record an authentic, raw stream of consciousness without paying attention to perfect handwriting or grammar. Allow your creativity to take over, and use fun products like Zensations Fountain Pens or Sarasa Fineliners.

5 Ways to Achieve Enlightened Writing

Writing is the foundation of our world’s communication, history and art. From ancient cave paintings to modern day emails and blogging, writing has been essential in establishing the world as we know it. Today, writing remains one of the most important skills to master in academia and the professional world. We write to express emotion, to share news, to educate, and more. At Zebra Pen, we believe in the power of writing, and the impact it can have on our everyday lives. Let Zebra be your guide as you embark on your own path to Enlightened Writing. Use these methods to discover what Enlightened Writing means to you.

Find your Perfect Pen

Enlightened Writing begins with the proper writing instrument. To find the pen that best suits your needs, consult our wise spokes-animal, Zen. Zen will guide you through the various product lines Zebra has to offer. From the durability and sophistication of Steel to the smooth, Rapid Dry Ink Technology of Sarasa, Zebra has the perfect tool for everyone, from little hands to experienced wordsmiths. Once you select your ideal pens, make sure you keep them with you. You never when inspiration may strike.

Disconnect from Digital

Technology has vastly changed the way we communicate with one another, as well as the way we write. Train yourself to write for long periods of time without getting restless by disconnecting from the digital world and reconnecting with the real world. Taking a break from the instant updates of social media can allow writers, students and professionals alike to focus and truly become engulfed in the writing process. Putting your phone away while writing is an excellent way to minimize distractions and maintain flow as you write. Try to practice proper mechanics and grammar on paper without the added assistance of spellcheck.

Write Daily and Often

When learning how to play a sport, practice is an essential element. Practicing gives players the opportunity to mentally and physically prepare for games or matches. The same can be said for writing. Much like a sport or playing an instrument, learning to write efficiently requires practice, and finding your writing method requires time. Challenge yourself to write daily, whether it’s daily journal entries, poems, or letters to friends. Sometimes, the more you read, the better writer you become. Take time to read work by authors and writers you admire and start to emulate their techniques in your own writing.

Find a Zen Playlist

For some people, writing can be a daunting activity. Listening to music while writing or completing daily objectives can increase productivity, in addition to providing a much-needed mood boost. Music has been proven to limit stress and other negative emotions, allowing the listener to focus on the task at hand. Try listening to our Zen Spotify playlist, peaceful piano music, ambient music playlists, or any other genre you enjoy to relax before or during a project.

Establish a Positive Writing Environment

Writing in different environments can be an exciting way to boost creativity, especially if you suffer from writer’s block. Try to make places meant for relaxing (such as your bedroom or your couch) a work-free zone. Find a quiet coffee shop or a library to get work done or sit outside at a park or in your backyard for fresh air. Make sure that wherever you are, your work space is clean and free from clutter.

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How to Incorporate Handwriting in Everyday Life

Handwriting is one of the many ways to celebrate individuality, identity, and self expression! However, with the instant gratification of social media and email, people are starting to use alternative forms of communication to reach out to friends and loved ones.

At Zebra, we value the power of handwriting! We believe that life’s moments are worth celebrating, and we know the impact of the written word. If you’re like us, you want to preserve the sentimental value of handwriting for generations to come. Here are just some of the many ways to incorporate handwriting into your everyday life!

Journals

A great way to incorporate handwriting into everyday life is to keep a journal! Rather than using an online journal, you can purchase a journal that is unique to you, and build up a collection of pens that suit your writing needs! For those that need a strong, reliable pen that will last, turn to the Steel line. For those that prefer a smooth, rapidly drying writing experience, select a Sarasa gel pen. Keeping a daily journal can allow you to practice cursive, neater handwriting, or accept your handwriting for what it is! Regardless of how you hand-write, you are preserving an art of individuality, and creating a keepsake you can look back on for years to come.

Notes and Drafts

If you’re a student, there are many ways you can use handwriting. Many experts say using taking notes with traditional pen and paper is more effective than taking notes on a computer or other device. When it comes to writing essays and papers, handwriting ideas to brainstorm and organize your thoughts is a great way to strategically complete an assignment.

Cards

If you have older parents or grandparents who may not use cellphones to text or computers to email, use write them a card or letter! Not only will your loved ones be thrilled to receive your message, writing them a card will help them feel more connected to you. There is something special about opening an envelope and finding a card handwritten by someone you care about!

Reminders

Using handwriting to jot down quick reminders on a sticky note is a great way to keep track of your tasks. You can handwrite your food shopping list to not only remind you of what you need, but also take time away from your phone! When you write something down, you’ll find that you recall it better than simply repeating it over and over in your head or typing it on your phone.

Love Letters

A handwritten letter to your significant other or spouse can be one of the most meaningful ways to communicate with them. Even if you talk to him or her each day, writing them letters during special times of year will not only organize your thoughts and feelings onto paper for them, it can be something that they can keep forever and ever as well. Writing a love letter is a great way to show you care, because you have taken time out of your life to sit down with a pen and paper and express your feelings to them.

Using handwriting in your daily life is a great way to relax, unplug from electronics, and connect with those around you. Take time to cherish life’s moments, and find zen in enlightened writing!

10 New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Keep

The new year is finally here, which can only mean one thing; it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions, and keep them. However, this is much easier said than done. January is a blank slate, a perfect time to start integrating better habits, making plans and hold yourself to new standards of living. As the year goes on, it can become difficult to maintain your resolutions, and many people tend to give up as the chaos of life takes over. We want to help you change that!

Many people struggle with New Year’s resolutions because the goals are too specific, or they are trying to achieve too many goals at once. Zebra compiled a list of ten attainable New Year’s resolutions that will help you stay focused, organized, and of course, “zen” all year long!

  1. Organize

If you find yourself forgetting plans or overbooking yourself, this might be a good goal for you! Get yourself a daily planner and/or desk calendar to hold yourself accountable for the plans you make and the appointments you have throughout the year. Pick up some fun pens to color code your planner, like Sarasa Fineliners, Sarasa Gel Retractable pens, and of course some Zebrite highlighters. Jot down notes or reminders throughout the day to help better organize your schedule and manage your time.

  1. Make Healthier Choices 

Rather than setting a goal pertaining to a specific number, for example, “lose 30 lbs. by June,” make your resolution broader by aiming to make healthier choices this year. When you go out for a meal, choose the salad, buy whole wheat bread instead of white, and replace soda with water! Know that you are making strides towards your goal with every healthy choice you make rather than by the number on a scale.

  1. Integrate Exercise

Instead of telling yourself that you will work out every morning or every night, which may not be possible when working a full-time job, make your resolution to integrate exercise into your life. Whether it is walking your dog, doing yoga on the weekends, or running three times a week, a little bit is better than nothing and reaching a realistic goal will encourage you to set the bar higher in the future!

  1. Unplug More

This New Year, vow to put your phone down more often. Leave your phone at home when you go out with your family or start a game where everyone puts their phone in the center of the table and first one to grab theirs loses. Encourage more face-to-face conversations and give yourself some time away from your cell phone. Disconnect to connect this year!

  1. Reach Out to Distant Friends or Family 

Remember your elders or those who have made an impact on your life. This year, instead of just thinking about them, reach out to them! Handwrite them a card or letter explaining a memory you have with them or updating them on your family. Who knows, maybe it will start a pen-pal chain and you can look forward to receiving a response each week!

 

  1. Be More Thankful

When the stress of work and life take over, put things in perspective by cherishing life’s moments, and remembering all the things to be thankful for. Create a chart or journal where you can write something your thankful for every so often. Look back on your chart when you’re feeling down, stressed or defeated, and remember to not sweat the small stuff.

  1. Read More

If you enjoy reading and can’t seem to find the time, set a goal this year to make time to read. Even if it’s just for a half hour each night, on your lunch break or even on the train, grab a book you might enjoy and read it! Enjoy quiet time with a book, and indulge in the relaxation reading can provide.

  1. Take More Pictures

If you’re someone who prefers to be behind the lens rather than in front of it, make your resolution to take more pictures this year! If the sun is shining and it’s a beautiful day, snap a picture so you can remember it. At the end of the year, you can print out your favorites and compile them into a photo album or scrapbook to share with your friends or family.

  1. Smile at Strangers More

A simple resolution like this can not only make you feel good, but will also make someone else feel good as well! In a digital world, it’s hard to feel connected to those around us. Instead of staring blankly at someone you cross paths with in a grocery store or department store, give them a smile and make their day a little better. After all, you never know what someone is going through and how much one smile can help.

  1. Cook a Homemade Meal Once a Week

Save money and work on your cooking skills by cooking more homemade meals! If you’re a single person, cooking a meal once a week may go a long way. If you have leftovers, you might have just made yourself lunch for the following day or dinner for a different night that week! Whether it’s just for yourself or for a family, cooking a homemade meal can be healthier and more fun than ordering takeout or dining out all the time!

It’s important to remember that no matter how big or small your resolution might be, it should be something that you can stick to! Zebra hopes that you not only create a resolution this year, but that you stick to it, even if it’s as simple as smiling at a stranger.

 

Tips and Tricks for Better Writing

At Zebra Pen, we know the importance of powerful writing. Whether it’s academic, at work, or for leisure, we know there unlimited ways to boost creativity and improve writing skills! We strive to provide writers of the world with the most effective and practical writing instruments to make your writing as great as it can possibly be, but we want to give you more than that!

For students, midterms and finals are right around the corner. Finding the time and motivation to write essays, research papers and more can be tough. For the leisure and professional writers, cooler temperatures provide the perfect environment for cozy, indoor writing. We came up with a few tips and tricks to keep you motivated and on your path to enlightened writing!

 1. Plan Ahead

Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. If you’re on a time crunch, give yourself enough time so that you aren’t putting too much pressure on yourself at the last minute. It’s better to finish early and have extra time for reviews and revisions than to get done late and miss out on correcting silly errors and mistakes! Students, this can be hard to do with all of your other classwork, but be sure to use a planner and come up with a game plan so you can start your papers in advance.

 2. Test your topic: Stream of Consciousness

If you are unsure about what to write, or you’re having difficulties getting started, you may want to use the stream of consciousness method. A stream of consciousness is when you write non-stop as the thoughts come to your brain.  Write your thoughts non-stop for anywhere between 3 and 15 minutes to come up with an idea, or focus on your potential topic and write non-stop about all the possible approaches and points you could make on that topic. Some stream of consciousness activities are useful to catalyze the creative process. Sometimes, it results in a great idea!

3. Organize: Intro, Main Points, Conclusion

Before you start writing, it’s helpful to know what you are going to write about, and how it will be organized. Set up an outline in a separate notebook to read off of as you write on your laptop or computer. Jot down some notes as to what you want to write in your intro, main points, and conclusion. You can be as detailed or broad as you would like with this tip; either way, it really helps the writing process and keeps you moving as you write!

 4. Find the Right Instrument

The key to enlightened writing starts from the right pen. Having a writing instrument you enjoy using is more important than many writers realize! If you like a tough and stylish pen, check out our Steel line of pens and mechanical pencils! Made with a stainless steel barrel, our Steel pens and pencils stand up to even the toughest assignments. If you like a smooth, gel writing experience, our Sarasa pens may be the perfect pen for you! Our Sarasa pens come in a variety of colors, perfect for the visual learner. No matter what it is that you look for in a writing utensil, there is a Zebra Pen for everyone!

 5. Good Writers are Also Good Readers

The more you read, the better you write. Whether you are writing essays, fiction, memoir, poetry, or anything else, reading examples before writing is a great way to get inspiration! For students, working together with a peer, reading each other’s work and giving/getting feedback is another good idea before handing in a paper! Simply having another pair of eyes look over your work helps to catch little errors that you may have skimmed over. It also helps to read someone else’s work to not only give feedback, but it may actually make you realize something about your own work as well.

 6. The Best Writers Write From 10-12 and 3-5 Everyday

Times can vary greatly from person to person based on availability but for all of you leisure writers, writing during certain hours each day helps to build a good routine and gets you in the habit of writing to the best of your ability. Choose times that work for you! For example, if you are groggy in the morning, maybe select times after 11 a.m. or if you know you write best at night, choose some later hours! Whatever hours you choose, stick to them and write every single day.

 7. Step Away

It’s important to take breaks and step away from your work. If you plan ahead, you should have time to do this. Stepping away is helpful to fix writers block, get a fresh start on an old piece, or  help decide when a piece is finished. When you step away from your work, do something you enjoy such as cooking, going for a drive, reading, or even brainstorming on paper again! Don’t take too much time away if you’re on a strict time schedule, but take enough time to get refocused and #FindZen.

 8. Turn Down the Music and Talk

Many people come up with their best ideas while driving or doing something productive such as cleaning. Next time you step away from your work or if you’re coming up with some good ideas while busy with something else, turn on a recorder on your phone or other device and allow yourself to talk out loud about your ideas. You won’t forget all that great material you came up with and you’ll be able to use it once you start writing again!

9. Read it Aloud

Words may sound differently on paper than they do out loud. When your paper or other work feels complete, read it out loud to yourself or a friend. This helps to catch any awkward phrasing and may help you figure out punctuation. It’s amazing what you can see in your writing when you read it aloud.

 10.  Just Start

Many people get caught up in the idea and fear of writer’s block. Perhaps the most important tip is this: just start. You can begin with a stream of consciousness, outline, or the piece itself. As long as you are writing, you are making strides toward an end result. Beginning is often the hardest part but without it, there would be no end. So just start!

Is Your Pen Tough as STEEL?

Zebra’s Steel pens are sleek, smooth and strong. As rugged as they are stylish, these pens can withstand the most extreme work conditions and deliver a professional look in the office. Favored amongst college students, Zebra Steel pens are great for the classroom as well! Choose from the everyday 3 Series, high quality 4 Series, and top of the line 7 Series featuring an array of different colors, grips and barrel designs to suit all your writing needs.

The 3 Series is a family of pens including everything from ballpoint pens to highlighters. With its stainless-steel body, textured grip, and convenient metal clip, the F-301 is the #1 selling steel pen in America. Its easy glide ink makes it the perfect everyday pen. The F-301 also comes in a compact ballpoint pen. Experience the same quality as the original F-301 in a collapsible, go anywhere version!

The 4 Series features the F-402 Ballpoint Retractable Pen. With the same classic stainless-steel look as the 3 Series, but upgraded, weighted barrel, the F-402 combines durability and style. The upgraded rubberized grip has a simple, streamlined look and the metal clip helps to keep it secure in your folder, pocket, or bag. The F-402 is the perfect accessory for professionals.

The 7 Series offers the sleekest look in the Steel family. Available as a ballpoint retractable pen or mechanical pencil, the 7 Series offers a top of the line writing experience. With a full stainless steel body, grip, and clip, the F-701 and M-701 are favorites among engineers and architects as well as first responders who have to rely on their tools in rough working conditions. The 7 Series is not only rugged and strong, the features make it practical and stylish for a pen that works as hard as you do!

If you’re looking for a pen that is professional, comfortable, durable and tough as steel, check out Zebra Steel.

Are Handwritten Love Letters a Vanishing Art?

For as long as people had a pen, paper and could write, the art of crafting a romantic love letter EnlightenedWriting3has been penned. But in the era of texting, tweeting, emojis and emailing, the intuitive pleasure of a handwritten love letter is largely lost.

Remember in grammar school as a kid, when the “I like you, do you like me? Check yes or no” note was passed to you in class? Now you send a text (“luv u”). Then finish the conversation with a suggestive emoji.

When it comes to sentimental value, females overwhelmingly lead the genders. Females are over twice as likely as men to keep notes, children’s schoolwork, diaries and their own creative writing, poetry and songs. Males are more likely to cherish handwritten wedding vows than females, but females have neater writing than males and believe that handwriting reflects their personality.

It’s a spectacular thing to be loved with words, and not utilitarian texts full of empty acronyms, humorous-faced emojis or emails sent two seconds before grabbing a cab. How much more precious, then, those letters of former times,  when the flow of ink, the craftsmanship of words and letters on paper, embossed paper you can touch. They delivered more than a letter, they delivered thoughtful emotions.

Nevertheless, we hope someone writes you a love letter. But better yet, we hope you start writing them. We sincerely hope you begin to construct an environment in which your relationships are able to flourish in such a way that the people you love notice the time and effort you put into a handwritten note or love letter.Are-Handwritten-Love-Letters-a-Vanishing-Art

SOURCE: A survey of 2000 people by luxury travel brand Signature from Thomas Cook