How to deal with pressure situations?
Think of the incoming deadlines of your manuscript submission, and the small progress you’ve made in one chapter of your book. You may feel ill. You are disappointed. You thought you are in control. But the next thing you know, you’re buried in the agony of pressure then comes stress.
Pressure is created from an unfamiliar challenge or negative delusions. This explains why when we are faced with deadlines and new environment, the pressure dwells high. Some philosophers would argue that there is “grace under pressure.” This may be true in some cases, but understand that too much pressure is unhealthy.
As a writer, pressure can be your friend, but a friend can sometimes be deceptive. He builds trust, but in the end, he will lead you astray and sabotage your emotions.
How to deal with stress and cope up with pressure?
Here are stress relief techniques for you to practice and consider in your writing career.
You are your pressure.
Control your own thoughts, and you can befriend pressure. Cultivate positive mindset and pressure can transform into motivation rather than a hindrance.
Instead of worrying if the readers will embrace your book, use this as your primary motivator to write better and be better.
Remember that pressured situations can be an opportunity for growth and learning. Don’t let pressure control your thoughts to burn out; instead, control the impact of your pressure to increase your performance in writing.
You are more than your fault.
Believe in your own worth and potential. When you write, don’t let criticisms alone bring you down. Writing can be tough, but if you believe you’re tougher, then you don’t have to worry about others criticizing you.
You are not alone.
Find someone you can talk to—a friend, family member, or your special someone. Every writer has had experienced what you are experiencing now.
Having someone who can listen to you and share some advice for you makes a great difference.
You are doing too much at once.
Stop trying to work plenty of tasks you know you can’t finish for a day. Set realistic goals by writing attainable tasks.
Outline your story, then write one thousand words a day; don’t mind the grammar first. Editing will come later—bleed for now.
If there’s a large task, cut them into small chunks. The secret here is to focus and prioritize one writing task at a time.
You need an inner peace.
Meditation can be a simple yet effective technique in dealing with stress. You are bombarded with ideas, and sometimes, confusion with the character development or your story’s flow.
Put down your pen, move away from your desk, and take a walk outside. Take a minute to free your mind from clashing thoughts and possible plots. Relax for a moment and release those bad energies that may consume your productivity.
You need a good rest and healthy nutrition.
Unhealthy living is one of the many causes of stress. In dealing with stress, you should maintain a healthy lifestyle. Through daily exercise and active living, you can get fit and avoid stress.
Other than sitting in your writing desk for hours, set time for a walk or jog and stretch those bones freely.