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Should you post letters during the Coronavirus pandemic?

should you post letters during the coronavirus pandemic

Over the past few days I’ve seen different, and sometimes very strong, opinions about what to do, or not do, about post. Should you post letters during the Coronavirus pandemic? I think there are reasons to keep posting as well as responsible precautions we can take. These are just my thoughts from a little research and my experience as a card seller for the last 8 years.

Should you post letters during the Coronavirus pandemic?

Should you post letters during the Coronavirus pandemic? Well it could be a way of sending a hug in an envelope
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My short answer is ‘yes’ but with precautions!

During these very strange times of isolation and social distancing a huge portion of our society have been told to stay home. Our over 70s have been advised not to leave the house if at all possible and those with underlying physical health problems have gone in to complete self-isolation for at least 12 weeks.

For some people it’s really tough looking after their mental health at any time. Add to that the pressure of social isolation and it’s even harder. Many of our over 70s live alone. They might be used to regular visits from friends, family, grandchildren and now that has had to stop. A card or letter through the post can really help.

greeting cards boost mental healthResearch carried out in 2013 showed that only 1 in 4 people received a ‘get well’ card during their mental health illness, yet over 80% said it would have had a positive impact.

We need to protect the mental health of our friends, family and neighbours who are in isolation. They may not have a long standing mental health issue but prolonged anxiety and isolation can take its strain. Receiving a card gives a lasting positive impact. The card looks pretty and physically brightens up the room for as long as it’s displayed. The words can be read and re-read. The boost to mental health is a repetitive experience.

Cards shouldn’t replace phonecalls, texts and online video chats but they can significantly boost the positive impact of communication.

What about protecting posties? Isn’t a phonecall enough?

Here I need to repeat the last sentence of the previous paragraph ‘Cards shouldn’t replace phonecalls, texts and online video chats but they can significantly boost the positive impact of communication.’

If you follow the Royal Mail on any of their social media accounts you will have seen that they know only too well the importance of keeping people in touch. In their recent Facebook posts they share updates on new safety measures and repeatedly state things like, “We understand the important role we have to play in helping people to stay connected.”

They have never asked you to stop posting cards and letters.

How can I be sure I’m not spreading the virus?

There are simple steps you can take to make sure you aren’t adding to the crisis. Firstly, if you’re not meant to be leaving the house then don’t! Clearly you won’t be posting letters. But perhaps you have someone dropping off shopping at a safe distance who could collect letters from you to be posted?

sealing waxIf you are licking envelopes and stamps you could consider using a damp sponge instead. No one is really sure how long the virus can survive on paper/stamps etc so until we know more, this could be a sensible precaution. Or have fun with a wax sealing kit.

When posting your mail, observe social distancing. If possible have your mail already stamped so you don’t need to go in to the Post Office. You can buy stamps direct from the Post Office and from online stamp sellers. I personally recommend Philatelink for discounted picture stamps and I sell stamps here. Or stock up next time you go out for the essentials. A plain card and standard letter should take a standard stamp. If in doubt you can check the weight/thickness/postage requirements with the Royal Mail price finder.

Avoid sending parcels if you can so you don’t have to go in to a Post Office branch. If you do need to send a parcel then observe social distancing.

Wash your hands!

  • Before preparing the mail to post – wash your hands.
  • After posting your mail – wash your hands.
  • After opening any mail received – wash your hands.

(Have you got that message?! Wash your hands!)

Is it worth it?

looking after mental healthYes.

If I haven’t got that message across yet then a quick google will give you more evidence that sending cards will boost someone’s mental health.

Our NHS are working hard just now to look after the health of the nation. We can all do our bit to help that and make sure our loved ones stay in good mental health. As the Greeting Card Association says “Send a Card, Deliver a Smile”.

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Share the Love Letters

Share the love letters

I have just come across this fabulous movement called share the love letters and am going to join in myself. Think I might even get the kids doing it too. Does it matter if I use Phoenix Trading notepaper? You can find more information at the website www.sharetheloveletters.com, the following is taken from their site.

Wherever you are you can spread some love around the world….

All you need is pen, paper and an envelope…

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The concept is simple, you write an anonymous love letter to another human sharing whatever it is you want to tell them. This could be a few lines of encouragement or a longer letter sharing your message from your heart.

You start your message To you… and sign it I Love you or You are Loved… or whatever loving sign off you like… The bit in between is up to you!

On the envelope you write… this is for you, open me…or you can be creative and write something else fun that will encourage a stranger to pick it up…then go leave it out in the world for someone to find.

If we all write a letter each week then we can raise the planet’s vibration to love in unison…

It’s that easy!!!

Join the Love Ambassadors and take part in the anonymous love letter revolution. Write one, find one and help #sharethelove across the globe with this simple act of kindness.

What will you write? Where will you leave your love letters?
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National Handwriting Day: What does your handwriting say about you?

National handwriting day

National Handwriting Day is January 23rd and has been going for 40 years. If you want to know what your handwriting says about you then read on. If you wondered what your scrawl tells others about you then take the test at the bottom.

On National Handwriting Day, take a look at what your style of writing could say about your personality

Is the pen mightier than the keyboard?

The rise of computers may eventually kill off handwriting but, for now, there are still some aficionados out there who refuse to put their pens down.

National Handwriting Day on January 23 celebrates the handwritten word, with the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) encouraging others to use a pen or a pencil to “rekindle that creative feeling through a handwritten note, poem, letter or journal entry”.

“Though computers and e-mail play an important role in our lives, nothing will ever replace the sincerity and individualism expressed through the handwritten word,” said David H. Baker, WIMA’s Executive Director.

The rise of the computer keyboard Almost one in 10 children who go online believe information from social media websites or apps is “all true” – doubling from last year

WIMA adds: “Throughout history, handwritten documents have sparked love affairs, started wars, established peace, freed slaves, created movements and declared independence.”

But what does your handwriting say about your personality? Research by the National Pen Company in the US claims handwriting can give clues about 5,000 personality traits.

It’s all based on graphology, the process of analysing handwriting, which is classed as pseudoscience as it is considered to be without scientific foundation.

Here’s what the research by the National Pen Company says: click through for more via National Handwriting Day: What does your handwriting say about you? – Telegraph

Apparently I’m very private and hard to read. Probably true but not once you take time to get to know me.

Bring back the pen – Virgin.com

The Art of Handwriting – Is it Lost?

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National Stationery Week

Business Opportunity, cards, stationery, request a brochure National Stationery Week

The Power of the Written Word

Writing, and being able to write by hand matters and is as important as ever, even in an increasingly digital world. There are many reasons for this – it isn’t a question of just using one or the other. Click here to read the A-Z of why writing matters. According to YouGov research commissioned by National Stationery Week, 92% of adults think that writing by hand is important. While 97% think it is important for children to learn to write.

National Stationery Week celebrates the written word and all things stationery – the products which make it all possible, and give pleasure to so many people. You can never have too much stationery! Its aim is to get people all over the world talking and writing about stationery, and why writing by hand is important. And to send more letters and cards, and not just text or email.

2015 marked the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, and is a reminder of how handwriting has stood the test of time. It also saw the launch of the first #WorldStationeryDay in April, as part of National Stationery Week.

Let’s get more people putting pen to paper and writing more often – especially children. Let’s send more letters and cards, especially to those we care for, rather than just text or email.  It’s much more personal.

Source: National Stationery Week

birds and birdhouses note cards If you want to get started why not take a look at these handy note card sets. They come in packs of 10 with coordinating envelopes. Ideal to keep for when you want to send a quick note to someone. Why not challenge yourself to send 7 note cards or even the whole 10 on National Stationery Week?

My favourite design at the moment is the Birds and Birdhouses one, illustrated by Sue James.

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Bring back the pen – Virgin.com

Bring back the pen By Richard Branson @richardbranson 10 November 2015

Business Opportunity, cards, stationery, request a brochure

Shocked to read that half of today’s 13 to 19-year-olds have never written a thank you letter – and even more concerning, one in 10 do not own a pen. These worrying statistics are, in part, due to rise of online messaging. Just like the advent of the iPod put many of our Virgin Megastores out of business, the texting teenager is determining the fate of the pen. Image from Virgin.com While yours truly has embraced technology – communicating and blogging on the go via mobile phone and iPad – I still love to write down my thoughts and feelings. I carry a notebook with me wherever I go, and author letters whenever I get the chance. There’s something so romantically resolute about putting pen to paper. It holds more meaning, more intention and more substance than digital text. Image from Virgin.com I found it astounding that around 83 per cent of teens surveyed have not written a love letter. What a shame! As a young lad, one of my favourite past times was writing poetry and letters to my sisters and the objects of my affection . While I was by no means a Casanova, it allowed me to express, and come to terms with, my feelings. Read my first poem, Lacking Love. Image from Virgin.com Teenagers should be encouraged to write letters. Letter writing is not only a good emotional outlet, but it also helps build key life skills like hand writing, spelling and grammar. Sadly, critics believe that texting will see the art of handwriting eventually disappear, and two thirds of teenagers admit that using their smartphones and social media is detrimental to their writing. It’s time to bring back the pen. I urge everyone, and not just teenagers, to write a letter to someone today. Or to get even more practice, do what I do, keep a notebook with you and write down your thoughts, ideas and dreams as they come to you.

Source: Bring back the pen – Virgin.com

Take up the challenge and write a letter, or send some thank you cards today!

Are you mad enough to send a card?