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10 Instant Stress-Busters For Busy Writers | Writer’s Relief

Why is it that the busier we are, the worse we treat ourselves? When life gets crazy, that’s when we are most in need of some TLC—and that’s exactly when we are least likely to give it to ourselves!

At Writer’s Relief, we know a little something about happy writers, so we’ve compiled a few quick and easy stress-busters to help you survive the hectic holidays and other busy times!

  1. Try RE-LAX: Take a slow, deep breath in and think “RE”; then a long, slow exhale on “LAX.” Repeat several times.
  2. If you’re spending long hours at the computer, take a moment to look up, focus on a horizon or a faraway vista, and give your eyes a break every fifteen minutes or so.
  3. Take a short walk around the block or sprint up and down some stairs for a quick pick-me-up. Exercise of any kind wards off tension!
  4. Focus on something else for a few minutes—like a short meditation on something beautiful: a beautiful flower, the sound of the birds outside, etc. Or look up a work of art you’ve never really paid attention to and take a few minutes to truly absorb it.
  5. Do the energy shake! Stand up, reach your arms to the ceiling, then drop your hands to your sides. Shake each hand separately, then each foot separately; rotate your head and take two deep breaths.
  6. Did you know laughter smooths out the autonomic nervous system and allows the heart to relax? Find something funny: favorite cartoons, humorous websites, or laugh-inducing memes—or watch a video of a tiny hedgehog enjoying a bath in the sink…
  7. Either we overeat, make unhealthy choices, or skip meals altogether when we’re stressed. Keep three or four healthy snacks at your desk so you aren’t tempted to binge or do without.
  8. Aromatherapy can be a good way to relieve stress, especially certain aromas like lavender. Light a candle or warm some oils in your favorite scent.
  9. If you have a furry or feathered friend, a few minutes of petting and hugging will release endorphins for both of you!
  10. Go outside, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Getting out of our own heads and into the wide, wide world diminishes stress almost immediately.

Whenever you notice symptoms of stress, take a moment to identify what is making you feel anxious. Ask yourself if there’s another way to look at the situation or the problem, and write down what steps you can take to reduce your stress level.

Want more tips on maintaining a healthy balance between the writing life and your personal life? See Time Management Skills and How To Make Time To Write.


Question: What are your favorite instant stress-busters? Share in the comments!

8 Writing Submission Tips To Learn From Mailing Out Holiday Cards | Writer’s Relief

A good writer is someone who loves to read—and learn. So…what can an aspiring author learn from the ritual of mailing holiday cards this season? Writer’s Relief explains how the same skills used for efficiently sending out holiday cards can make you more effective when submitting short stories, poems, and essays to literary magazines and… Continue Reading

6 Signs Your Writing Career Is On Track (Even If You Don’t Think It Is) | Writer’s Relief

At some point, every writer feels less than optimistic about accomplishing his or her dreams as a writer. But if you’re feeling like gloomy gray clouds are shadowing everything you write, here’s something to brighten your day: Just because you worry that a future as a writer is out of reach doesn’t mean it actually… Continue Reading

8 Writing Career Strategies That Help You Always Do Your Best Work | Writer’s Relief

Your writing career is more than just the moments you spend actually writing. To make the most of the time that you’re able to dedicate to the craft you love, look at the bigger picture and establish habits that will support your writing career throughout your entire life. Writer’s Relief’s List Of Lifetime Habits All… Continue Reading

Coffee And Writers: A Perfect Pairing

Is it just us, or does history suggest that there’s something special about the relationship between coffee and the creative arts? For example: Balzac reportedly drank fifty (yes, fifty!) cups a day. And Beethoven measured precisely sixty beans per cup. Celebrate National Coffee Day today by learning more about the fascinating coffee-drinking habits of creative… Continue Reading

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