Have you ever tried to write when stressed? If your answer is yes, you’ll know why it’s vital to be not only in a relaxed state of mind, but also physically relaxed, in order for your creative juices to flow freely. Stress stifles creativity and can render even the best writers incapable of writing anything worth reading.
In this stress-filled world, how does one relax properly? Sure, ‘they’ tell you to exercise, eat well, take a nap or go to a spa to pamper yourself, amongst other things, but really, who has time for any of that in a busy schedule? Not many of us….
Does that mean you’re doomed to suffer from stress and will never ‘have time’ to relax? Absolutely not! As busy professionals, authors and home makers, we at Fireblade Publishers know better than most how vital it is to keep a calm state of mind without cutting into work, house cleaning and family time.
That’s why we’ve compiled a few quick ways to relax, most of which you can do at your desk while you work or write. For best results, use these fast relaxation tools just before you sit down to write, or while you’re writing.
Ways to relax before you write:
* Soak for 5 to 15 minutes in a hot bubble bath. Don’t soak for longer, or you’ll be too relaxed to write ;-) For added effect, turn off the lights and light some candles and/or play relaxing music.
* Eat a teaspoon or three of honey. It’s been proven, amongst other things, to reduce anxiety.
* Take five minutes to meditate. Simply sit in a quiet, comfortable place, and focus on your breathing. Imagine your breath filling your abdomen – your abdomen should rise and fall, rather than your chest. This allows your body to absorb more oxygen and relaxes you at the same time. Set a timer so you don’t have to keep checking to see if you’ve gone over your five minutes.
* Gently massage the base of your thumb. This relieves shoulder and neck stress.
* Clear away any clutter in your writing space. Clutter stresses most of us, even if we don’t realise it.
* Dance or run on the spot for five minutes. It’ll not only clear the stress-created cobwebs from your brain, but will give you extra energy.
* Play your favourite song and sing along. Studies have shown that singing increases the production of your ‘happy hormones’.
* Give your dog a hug. Nothing beats the high that a beloved pet’s love brings.
Ways to relax while you write:
* Drink camomile tea – it works as a mild tranquilliser and, if you’re like me, you’ll be able to literally feel the stress seeping from your pores.
* Drink coffee if you aren’t a tea fan – coffee has been known to reduce stress levels.
* Indulge in some chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, if you like the taste. Dark chocolate is proven to regulate cortisol (stress hormone) levels.
* Munch on some dried apricots, almonds, pistachios, walnuts, blueberries or a banana – these are all foods known to reduce stress levels.
* Immerse your feet in a bowl of warm (or cool, depending on the weather) water. If you have a foot spa, now is the perfect time to haul it out of the cupboard.
* Play some relaxing/mood music if this helps you to write.
* Burn some aromatherapy oils, incense or scented candles. It can be any scent you like, but, if you aren’t sure, try lavender, ylang ylang, camomile, peppermint, citrus or rosemary. If you don’t have scented candles, add a few drops of aromatherapy oil to the melting wax of a burning candle – just be sure not to use synthetic oils for this, as they’ll smell like burning rubber or something equally unpleasant.
If you have any other quick relaxation tips not mentioned in this article, please feel free to share them with us by commenting on this post.