4 Stress Killing Techniques For Writers


No matter the fact that we love writing (why else would we choose to do it for a living?), it can be stressful. Writer’s block, uncovered plot holes, crashed computers, lost manuscripts, marketing hassles, self doubt, and so much more can cause an author’s stress to go through the roof. It is not a job for the weak at heart, undoubtedly. So, how do you handle all of the stress that comes with the territory? Check out these four great ideas to get started.



1. Take A Deep Breath

You’ve probably heard this one a thousand times, but if you’re anything like me you’re probably wondering what good a deep breath will do. Don’t knock the power of controlled breathing, however, because I guarantee you it can do wonders. The fact is that this is technique works for multiple reasons, and although it doesn’t work as well as it should in the beginning, practice makes perfect. When you do controlled breathing, your mind must focus on the task at hand. This redirects your mind from whatever it was causing you stress. As an added bonus, controlled breathing also gets more oxygen into your system because most people tend to breath too rapidly while under stress. Deep breathing can also slow down your heart rate, and (as an added bonus) done steadily over a long period of time, it can actually help to strengthen your lungs.

2. Listen To Some Music

Music is a wonderful cure-all medicine. It’s good for the mind, the soul, and – if you decide to get up and dance to it – the body. This is my favorite stress buster. I crank up whatever music I feel best suits my mood, and dance around the house to it, singing at the top of my lungs. I’m not a very good singer, however, so you should be glad you can’t hear me when you do it. The good news is that, contrary to popular belief, there is no one right form of music to kill stress. For me, it varies between hair metal and reggae. Hair metal is great for me when I just kind of want to bang my head and go crazy. Reggae is great for me when I want to relax, chill out, and calm my nerves generally. Whatever type of music makes you feel good is what you should be listening to, no matter what it is.

3. Take A Drive

Stress really getting to you? Take a nice long drive through the countryside with the windows down. Breath in all of that fresh air, and, if you really want to relieve some stress, blare your music while you drive. It’s like a double hitter. Fresh air is great for clearing your mind, and driving is something you have to focus on, at least somewhat. Sure, driving is done with almost no thinking once you’ve been doing it for years, but at least part of your mind must be redirected towards the task at hand. The scenery doesn’t hurt either, and can actually be great for knocking out writers block. I know it’s worked for me several times.

4. Go For A Walk

If stress is getting you down, try going for a brisk walk. Brisk walking gets your blood pumping, which feeds oxygen into all of your organs, and helps to clear your mind. Walking somewhere new can, like driving, help knock away writers block. Try focusing on both your surroundings and your breathing while you walk. This will divert your mind from whatever had been causing you stress, and allow you to think much more clearly once the walk is over.

Come back tomorrow for four more stress killing techniques, and feel free to share your own ideas in the comments below! We always look forward to hearing what you have to say.

If you would like to read more on a similar topic, be sure to check out my fellow author’s blog post, Writing In The Midst of Chaos.


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