Monday, September 14, 2009


Let’s talk stress. We all have it in our lives, but how do we handle it?

Stress can wear you down. How does it affect your writing? I can be bombarded with stress, and yes, I have lots of it lately. Between being at a job that is extremely stressful, having a husband leave on a business trip for weeks and then throwing kids’ schedules in the mix – there’s stress. There are days it gets me down and I just can’t write at all. The muse shuts down on me. However, learning to cope with stress and writing is a whole other story.

I love the ocean. To me there is nothing more relaxing than sitting on the beach and listening to the waves. I can feel the tension leave my body with each wave that pounds the sand. A few years ago, my kids gave me one of those pictures that lights up and has sound. The picture, of course, is of the ocean. When I am extremely stressed and want to write, I put the picture on, close my eyes and listen to the sound of the waves. Before long the words are flying from the keyboard.

How do you handle your stress?


Denise said...

I handle stress by tuning out the world, hanging outside on my deck, or grabbing a good book. Anything to make the daily grind float away and allow my mind to clear.

Nice post

Jack W. Regan said...

I'm not that great at handling stress. I put it in the background, so I don't necessarily notice it, but it's always eating away at me until it gets overwhelming. I need to get better at recognizing stress and taking care of it early by doing some of my favorite things. That's what usually makes me feel better.

ceriwrites said...

Great post! I understand about kids and jobs thrown together in one mish mosh. I like to listen to some good music-maybe some Loreena McKennit or Enya-with my iPod and tune out. Works as long as my kids are doing other things and leaving me be. Will have to load up my iPod for November 1st. NaNoWriMo is around the corner!

Emma Leigh said...

Thanks for the comments. Stress is in fact just reality.

Walking In My Sleep said...

I go to bed. Perhaps not the most constructive way to deal with stress, but literally shutting down helps me cope.