Writing is one of my ultimate passions in life that I decided to embrace at the age of 16. I used to create articles for the school paper, join journalism competitions, and even prepare speeches for various people. Even though I slightly went on a different path when I decided to take up a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at the university, writing never left my heart. So, when a door opened for me to return to my first love, I stepped right into it at once without looking back.
The journey from there, however, was honestly not the easiest. For sure, I loved writing more than anything, and it would bring me so much joy to see others read or learn from my work. The thing is, I chose to remain in the freelancing world in which everyone has to fight for their spot or be ready to take on multiple projects at once to make ends meet.
At first, it was still fun. I would proofread books on the side, write articles for two different clients, and beta-read for another author. When the first and last projects ended, I was left with writing jobs. To be specific, I had to write five or six articles every day, with the clients merely giving me a title and set of keywords. The more days went on, the more it felt like my ideas were running out. Then, one morning, I caught myself staring at a blank page for hours, unable to type even a single word even though a lot of thoughts were screaming in my head.
Yes, stressing over your writing job can happen, no matter how much you love it. It cost me a few clients in the past, but now I can share a few things I do to overcome stress when you are a writer.
Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, RMT said “Stress is the pattern of specific and nonspecific responses an organism makes to stimulus events that disturb its equilibrium and tax or exceed its ability to cope.”
- Try To Sleep It Off
The first thing you should do is to force yourself to take a nap. Sleeping tends to recalibrate your brain and relax your body. When you wake up, therefore, you will ideally feel fresh ideas rushing in your mind.
Shelby Harris, PsyD said “The sleep environment is an important, but largely ignored, component of a good night’s sleep.”
- Listen To Instrumental Songs
It helps to look for the instrumental versions of your favorite songs as well. Since you don’t hear words, you automatically feel the need to supply them. That will push your brain to start thinking coherently, which may lead to you coming up with things to write about.
- Get Your Pen And Paper
Using a computer or laptop is a necessity to get your work out there, but it can undoubtedly become a thought-blocker. The more you cannot express your ideas through words, the more you may feel too stressed out to function. During such desperate times, you should rely on a pen and paper so that technology cannot hinder your thoughts.
Dealing with stress even when you are doing something you love is healthy. You are doing a lot of things at once by typing, doing research, thinking, and formulating words. You have to put yourself in the shoes of different people as well, especially if you need to appeal to various target markets. However, you should not let stress put out your passion for writing. Follow the tips mentioned above now. Good luck!
If you think writing is not enough, you can always consider getting fit. Dan Burris, MA LPCC LADC said “Exercise provides an excellent release of stress, increase of natural endorphins, mental and emotional well-being. It’s also a nice excuse to get away from the crowd and spend some peaceful time of self-care.”