10 Ways to Relax   Leave a comment

I have come to realize that an important part of the writing experience is learning to relax at the right time. Tension can help you make that deadline, but it can also hinder your efforts if it is too strong. It can even prevent you from beginning. So to help you get your zen on when you need a little peace here are 10 ways you can relax (low-cost or free, since we are struggling after all).


  1. Listen to Music – Most people say soft, gentle music, but you may like hard rock or metal. Try to keep track of the type of music and particular songs that get you the most relaxed. Maybe make a special playlist for them.
  2. Rhythmic Exercise – Does this sound familiar? It is also listed as one of the ways to beat writer’s block. Get that extra energy out, but be careful not to make yourself so tired you don’t want to write.
  3. Aromatherapy – Certain scents are naturally able to help relax you. Lavender, chamomile, sandalwood, etc are common, but like the music you may feel more relaxed using something completely different.
  4. Soak in a Hot Tub – Or your own tub. Lock the door and/or kick everyone out of the house and take some you time.
  5. Yoga/Tai Chi – Any other slow-moving exercise or stretching can help to.
  6. Picnic in the Park – A change of scenery and time away from your problems may be just what the doctor ordered to relieve your stress.
  7. Read a Book – An afternoon curled up with your favorite book may sound impossible, but try to schedule it in instead of trying to find time. Think of it like a mini vacation.
  8. Do Something New – Not only can new experiences lead to writing ideas, they are a good way to relax as well. It doesn’t have to be something big or expensive. It can be something as simple as a taste test party with your friends or learning a new skill.
  9. Enjoy a Meal – A nice dinner or lunch at an actual restaurant, or a home-cooked meal that you actually sit down and enjoy, instead of spending it yelling at the kids. You may need to enjoy it by yourself, but time alone once in awhile is good for you.
  10. Video Games – These can be a great way to relieve stress and tension, but be careful that you aren’t playing something that will add to the stress. Anything you feel extremely competitive about will probably be a bad choice.



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