There are times when you just need to take some time and reboot your creative and emotional storage. Between family, friends, work, and all the stressors life can toss your way, at one point we all reach critical overload. When I find myself approaching these levels, I try to take a step back and immerse myself in something that is so far removed from my daily stresses, that it relaxes me.
In the past this used to be reading or writing. Unfortunately, as an author theses aren’t always a good option for escapism. In the last few years I’ve turned to baking, crafts and decorating/building projects. They are great for me because, I get to immerse myself in the physical act of something and come out with a tangible result. Below are a few things I’ve done in the last year or so to help get my mind straight.
All of this helps me feel inspired and energetic again for everything else in my life. Sometimes, these small steps aside (and sometimes back) help put things in perspective for me. I don’t walk into any of these projects with the expectation of completing them. That is actually never my point or intention. I do them so that my mind has something different to focus on. They give the other parts of my brain time to relax and recoup. At least that’s how the whole process makes me feel :). I’m sure there is some science out there to either prove or disprove this. But it doesn’t matter. In the end, the process helps me. So what helps you? What gets you back to fighting form?
What do you do to relieve stress or jump-start your inspiration?
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”