4 Ways To Get Rid Of Stress As A Novelist

Being an author is such a fulfilling thing that can happen in your life. It feels good to write a novel that can touch the lives of the people surrounding you. At the same time, you can also start to live a life that is full of speaking engagements, especially if you become famous. All these things can be overwhelming, which is why you must make an effort to eliminate the stress that you feel in your life. For today’s article, we are going to share some of the smart ways that you can eliminate stress and anxiety in your life as an author.

Make sure that you follow these tips:

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Stop Thinking About Writing As Work

One of the things that you must always remind yourself is your passion for writing. “Tied to the overthinking factor, most individuals who are diagnosed with anxiety as a mental health disorder also experience high levels of perfectionism and compulsive behaviors that begin to drive their lives.” Wendy Iglehart MA, LCPC, LLC explains. With that, never forget that you are creating novels and books, not only because you want to earn royalties out from it. At the same time, you must also take note that writing makes you sane. It allows you to share your stories and thoughts with other people. It is time that you will look at writing in this manner so that you will not feel any pressure that can lead to stress.

However, if you find yourself continually stressed about writing, do not hesitate to seek guidance. With a device and an internet connection, you can access online counseling platforms such as BetterHelp. Licensed counselors are capable of helping improve the quality of your life through proper guidance.

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Go On A Vacation

There is also a necessity on your part to go on a break, especially if you have spent a long-time writing a novel. Keep in mind that you must also catch up on a quick vacation so that you can relieve yourself of stress. “Vacations are coping mechanisms that help us adapt to the everyday stresses in our lives.” John Mayer, PhD said. Make sure to go on a trip alone or with someone you love. The choice depends on your preference. It is also advisable to make the travel arrangements ahead of time so that you can include it in your schedule.

Make Time For Friends

Another thing that you have to consider is the necessity to bond with your friends or work colleagues whenever you can. Avoid spending most of your time facing the laptop to write your book. Sometimes, you have to go out of your house and office so that you can have fun with the right people. Take note that the more time you spend with them, the lesser the stress you will feel. However, be sure that you will surround yourself with the positive ones.

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Exercise When You Can

At the same time, you must also never forget the importance of going to the gym or doing home exercises. Keep in mind that physical health is something that you must never neglect. Otherwise, you will end up getting exhausted to the point that you will no longer have the energy to get on with the day. An excellent way to bust your stressors away is to be physically active. Aside from this, it can also be beneficial for your mental health. It can help a lot in preventing you from suffering from depression or any other mental illness. All you have to do is to set aside your time to try exercising. “Regular exercise helps you relieve stress and may help prevent or reduce depression. Aerobic exercise and yoga have been found to be particularly beneficial for reducing stress and improving mood,” says ADAA member Stephanie Kriesberg, PsyD

A Psychologist Shares Why You Need To Start Reading Books Today

Are you tired of doing the same things over and over again? Do you want to improve your daily habits? Is it your goal to change the way you usually do activities or things? If you answered yes to all these inquiries, then it is time for you to consider one of the suggestions given by an excellent psychologist. In one of our interviews with the said mental health expert, she explained to us how reading books could help people feel better about themselves and everyone around them. Because of this, she wanted to inspire people to keep on reading books so that they can enjoy more benefits from it.

 

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In this article, we are going to present the different reasons why you must also consider checking out some books starting today. Below are the top things to know:

 

It Takes Your Mind Off Things

 

If you are having or going through a difficult time in your life, it is essential for you to learn how to take a break. One of the best activities that you might want to try is to grab a great book to start reading it. Choose a book that you can easily relate to. Spend most of your time reading the book so that you will forget the challenges or struggles that you are currently facing. There are two types or kinds of reading materials that you can choose from. The first category pertains to fiction books that can allow you to get invested in the stories of the characters from the imagination of the author. The second one covers non-fiction, which includes self-help books. Read about some guidelines or tips on how you can feel better in life and get over your monotonous routine.

 

It Sharpens Your Mind

 

There may be days when you will notice that you tend to forget things or stuff that you encounter easily, Do not worry because what you are going through is normal, especially if you are too occupied or busy at work or even in your personal life. Because of this, you must also consider reading a book as it can help a lot in sharpening your mind. According to a recent study, your brain becomes stimulated the moment it recognizes words from the book and starts to follow the characters of the story that you are reading. When this happens, there is a high likelihood that your concentration skills will increase. At the same time, your memory retention may also improve for the better. However, it is best to select the right book to read instead of randomly picking one that will only harm your mental wellness. Be sure to research more about the books to read before checking them out. “Reading, doing challenging puzzles such as crosswords or Sudoku, debating issues with others who have opposing viewpoints, learning a new language or musical instrument, trying a new hobby, or teaching and tutoring others are all ways to maintain or improve your intellectual wellness.” Marjie L. Roddick, MA, NCC, LMHC explains.

 

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It Removes Your Stress

 

“Stress can seem omnipresent. Between working, socializing and taking care of the home, it sometimes seems we don’t have a minute to ourselves, let alone enough time to really take care of our bodies and minds.”  Sonja Seglin, LCPC said. Spending plenty of time at the office or with your concerns can increase stress and anxiety. Fortunately, there are tons of effective methods on how to take them away from your day-to-day life. It is time for you to consider reading a book so that you can quickly eliminate stress and improve your mood. Of course, it is crucial for you to search for funny books or those that are written with great humor so that its words can make you smile and happy. Take note that the way you read a book can make a difference in your experience. It is ideal to find a comfortable place to learn, which is why you must have a nook where you can unwind while enjoying the pages of your novel.

But since stress is different for everybody, some might need to identify root causes to be appropriately resolved. To do this, you can try online counseling platforms such as BetterHelp. Licensed counselors can aid in solving the stress causes through the best approaches.

It Boosts Your Sleep

 

Another great advantage of reading is that it can help a lot in improving your sleep. At this point, you are already aware that lack of sleep can be crucial for your mental health. Julia Hogan, LCPC  elaborates “The amount of sleep you get and the quality of that sleep can actually affect your physical and mental health in ways you don’t anticipate.” If you do not get a good night sleep, there is a tendency that you will experience a cranky disposition the following day. You will be in a complete lousy mood to the point that your entire day can be ruined. According to experts, it is best to read a few pages of a particular book before going to bed. As a result, your eyes will get tired, and your brain will send a signal to your body that it is time for bed. You will be surprised at how great it can be for your overall wellness.

 

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Take note that reading a book is only one of the various ways that you can do to improve your mental health. Combine this activity with other practices to ensure that you can avoid mental illnesses or problems.

 

Who Needs A Therapist If You Can Distract Yourself With Old-Time Favorite Children’s And YA Series?

Dealing with anxiety, stress, and depression as an adult tend to make you want to see a therapist as soon as possible. After all, it has become a widely accepted thing in recent years not to be afraid of obtaining psychological help if you believe that that is what you need. It is honestly advisable by many people as well so that you can give a name to your problem and be able to manage or heal from it.

Out of the plethora of illnesses that are known to men and women, though, there are some forms of mental disorders that you start self-medicating for. You will not find an oncologist or cardiologist telling their cancer or arrhythmia patients, respectively, to pick a hobby or distraction and wait for its magic to get rid of their issues. What the latter have are conditions that manifest physically; if they do not undergo proper medication and rehabilitation, it may be difficult for them to recover. Nevertheless, since the depression, anxiety, and various psychological illnesses mostly alter someone’s way of thinking, trying alternative treatments cannot be too frowned upon or worsen the situation.

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One thing that troubled adults can do is to read the books that you may have seen during your childhood or adolescent years. You may also turn to the ones that you have never had a chance to even open at the time because you were busy with studying or other extracurricular activities. The reason why picking up this hobby is ideal is that books have a reputation of taking you to another dimension that’s too far from the people or tasks that stress you out. It entails that they can distract you from your sorrows and perhaps even make you smile and laugh at times when you do not expect it. Crying because you feel for the characters in the story is a good thing too, especially if you cannot let all your emotions out in front of others. The heaviness in your chest may lighten up afterward, and you may become more inclined to detach yourself from depressive thoughts than ever.

Here are a few book series that might take your mind off your worries for a minute.

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Twilight (Stephanie Meyer)

Despite the varied opinions of everyone about the Twilight movie installments, there is no denying that the book series is worth reading not only for young adults but also for adults. While the plot may be extra captivating if you are a fan of vampires and werewolves, the fact that the principal and supporting characters have tried so hard to overcome every obstacle and allow Edward and Bella to have a happily ever after is genuinely remarkable. In the end, we wish you will realize that if they have managed to do that, you can also rule over your problems in the real world.

Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling)

Although it has been almost 20 years since we have first seen the young Harry get up from his bed in a cupboard under the stairs, no one can forget how popular every movie franchise has been. The book version of the series is equally entertaining as well, considering there are interesting scenes that have been omitted from the films. Reading all seven books throughout the week or month or every time something awful comes up can make you forget your issues and merely dream of entering Hogwarts.

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The Chronicles Of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)

The Chronicles of Narnia is practically a classic series. The first adaptation came out in 2005, but the book had been published in 1950. Its plot started with the four siblings (two boys and two girls) who somehow entered another world called Narnia through a wardrobe and later became kings and queens. Most – if not all – creatures in the novels could talk and walk, so it was rather amusing. Once you read the series, you may get sucked into a magical realm as well and learn something from kids who have had to take on huge responsibilities as rulers of a distant kingdom.

Final Thoughts

In case you have doubts about this suggestion of mine, you should know that psychologists are now starting to recommend bibliotherapy to their patients. There is no particular genre or length of the book that you need to look for. You may treat the series mentioned above as examples of books that you may try reading or re-reading children’s and YA stuff again to (hopefully) change your perspective in life as an adult. Regardless of how impossible or otherworldly the plot may be, after all, you still be able to relate to the challenges that the characters may deal with in every chapter. Thus, before or by the time you close the book, the way you view your real situation may have already improved.

Do not hesitate to go to the youngsters’ section in the bookstore or borrow the books that your teenage kids like whenever your depression or anxiety attacks. Good luck!

Napoleon Hill And His Book: “Think and Grow Rich”

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Napoleon Hill had interviewed the 500 most prosperous individuals in the world (with their family) and asked them how they became rich. He ranked their answers and listed it as the “12 Riches of Life”. (The 12 Riches of Life is in verbatim, quoted from Napoleon Hill’s book.)

  1. A Positive Mental Attitude (PMA)
  2. Sound Physical Health
  3. Harmony in Human Relationships
  4. The Hope of Achievement
  5. An Open Mind on All Subjects
  6. Self-Discipline
  7. A Labor of Love
  8. Freedom from Fear
  9. The Capacity for Faith
  10. A Willingness to Share One’s Blessings
  11. The Capacity to Understand People
  12. Economic Security

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5 Simple Ways To Start A Book Review

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Reviews and reactions are popular nowadays. Many platforms show the effectiveness of people, videos, movies, performances, and more. Book reviews may be different as people cannot react instantly. It would take about two or more weeks to finish reading a book, depending on how often a person is free to read. If you are planning to write a review on a book that you plan to read or have already read, you can start in five simple ways to express your feelings and thoughts.

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