Is Stress Keeping You from Writing that Best Seller?

My guest blogger today is Kathy Stemke, freelance writer, educator, and author of Moving Through All Seven Days.

by Kathy Stemke

If you’re like me, my first instincts when stress attacks are to eat, worry, complain, or completely withdraw.  This reaction just paralyzes me, makes me unhappy and prevents me from writing.  So what’s a writer to do?

I offer you a list of stress breakers that may just get you in the mood to write.

  • Ask, “In the ETERNAL scheme of things, will this problem be of ANY importance?”  Answer, “No, probably not.”
  • Pray.
  • Make someone’s day.
  • Choose your attitude.
  • Play and Be There
  • Get out of the house and spend time with some friends, basically expand your world a little bit so your world is not so small.
  • Count to a certain number.
  • Meditate.
  • Splash water on your face.
  • Take a bubble baths with low lights and read a good book.
  • Put a washcloth in hot water and add fragrant oil. Wring the cloth and lay it on your face.
  • Go for a walk.
  • Sing.
  • Squeeze a stress ball.
  • Punch or throw pillows at the wall.
  • Think of funny stuff.
  • Write about your feelings. Journal, journal, and journal some more.
  • Listen to relaxing music.
  • Draw a story.
  • Use progressive muscle relaxation (or PMR). It is a technique for reducing anxiety by alternately tensing and relaxing the muscles. It was developed by American physician Edmund Jacobson in the early 1920s. Jacobson argued that since muscle tension accompanies anxiety, one can reduce anxiety by learning how to relax the muscular tension.  PMR entails a physical and mental component.

The physical component involves the tensing and relaxing of muscle groups over the legs, abdomen, chest, arms and face. With the eyes closed and in a sequential pattern, a tension in a given muscle group is purposefully done for approximately 10 seconds and then released for 20 seconds before continuing with the next muscle group.

The mental component focuses on the difference between the feelings of the tension and relaxation. Because the eyes are closed, one is forced to concentrate on the sensation of tension and relaxation.  Because of the feelings of warmth and heaviness are felt in the relaxed muscle after it is tensed, a mental relaxation is felt as a result. Jacobson also found that the relaxation procedure is effective against ulcers, insomnia, and hypertension.

  • If all else fails, keep a supply of small size chocolates handy.  These really do help you de-stress.

Now write that next best seller and send me a signed copy, please. Can you add to this list?

Author/Educator, Kathy Stemke, has a B.S. from Southern Connecticut State University and Covenant Life Seminary, and graduate coursework from Columbia University. As a freelance writer Kathy has published several articles and is a contributing editor for The National Writing for Children’s Center. She is also part of the team at DKV Writing 4U, a full service writing company.

Moving Through All Seven Days, her first e-book, is now available on Lulu, while Trouble on Earth Day and Sh, Sh, Sh will the Baby Sleep are slated to come out in 2011.

Kathy Stemke’s websites and blogs:

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