Being creative can take a lot out of anybody especially if ideas aren’t flowing through easily. Most writers have day jobs, some might have kids, and some may even have a job and be in school at the same time like me.
Too much stress can be deadly
We’ve all heard it before. Stress can be a gateway to serious conditions such as high blood pressure. You can read more about the negative effects of stress here.
Writers are under a lot of pressure. We have the urge to write but sometimes we experience writer’s block and the stress of completing anything, having the right words and making enough to live off of can make stressing a lot more common.
Here are ways you can reduce stress as a writer:
No matter how hectic your schedule may be or how slow your work in progress is going take a moment each day and focus on your breathing.
You’d be amazed how short your breathing becomes when you’re stressed out. Take long deep breaths and meditate in a quiet room or space. If you don’t have a quiet space, close your eyes and create the space in your head. You’re a writer so be creative.
2. Take A Day Away From Your Work
This may be controversial but getting away from the source that’s making you stress maybe a good idea in the long run. Treat it as a vacation and even writers need one of those.
You can take a day off, a week or however you want to change it. Remember to come back to it and take notes on exactly what you want to work on when you get back. Writing is a job and should be treated with the benefit of a vacation as well.
3. Focus On The Small Things In Your Work That Make Up The Big Picture
It may be a better idea to focus on the small things first because they’re easier to manage. We as writers don’t always have to start big but we can work our way up one step at a time.
Don’t overwhelm yourself with getting everything done at one time. That’s too much pressure for anyone and nobody should have to put more on themselves than they can handle.
4. Don’t Make The Stress
Be realistic about what you can do and in what time frame. Don’t try to be super writer and make yourself stress out when you don’t have to.
I hope these tips helped and if you would like to also add a way to reduce stress for writers fell free to do so in the comments. Thanks for reading.