I went through a pretty stressful time this fall, especially in September with deadlines that I had at my fulltime job. I had to push my “author” work aside. I missed the deadline for getting my fifth novel “Peaceful Plots” published by the first week in October. Even with easing up on my work, I was in the emergency room due to stress.
Knowing that I had to slow down, I readjusted my priorities. Work came first since that paid the bills. Second came the book and that I released three weeks later. I also promised my husband that I’d take a break once my fulltime job settled down and the book was published.
Taking a break right after a book release isn’t the wisest decision, business-wise, but it wasn’t as important as my health. So, for the month of November, I wasn’t in my office every night working on author/writing tasks. I wrote my blogs, did some promotion, and started research on marketing. I’ll do the same for December with the goal to start writing again after Christmas.
The lesson that I learned in the last few months was seeing and feeling how stress can do a number on a person. After the ER visit, I had to get to a place in my head that repeated, “One day at a time. Live in the moment.” I then took a few days to figure out how to slow down. Can I say that I won’t have another stressful period? Probably not. Can I say that I won’t go to the ER again due to stress? My goal is not to get that point again.
What have you done to help relieve major stress?