I love my work. I love writing. I wouldn’t want to do anything else for a career. But no matter how much I love my work, I get the blahs now and then. And at times, I get very close to burn out. Until this year, I’ve dealt with it in various ways, most of which have worked to one degree or another.
But I had so much stress over the past year that this time, my usual coping techniques didn’t work. So I ran away to San Francisco and played for a few days. I really didn’t have the time to take a vacation, but I also didn’t have the leeway not to go, because I was ready to implode. And I realized that I need to take more time to myself, even if it eats out a little of my writing time, because otherwise I turn into a not-so-nice, very unhappy person. If it means I limit time on social networks so that I can work harder after a trip in order to catch up, so be it.
So what are some coping techniques I use to recharge? Here are some ideas and they aren’t just for writers.
When stress is getting to you:
So yes, I ran away to San Francisco this month, saw a couple friends, and just took some ‘me’ time. Given I haven’t had a vacation since 2001, I think I was long overdue. I won’t wait nearly so long next time—I plan on doing this sort of getaway once a year from now on. By myself, without anybody else along, just me and my thoughts.
How do you combat stress? How do you deal with life, when it threatens to overwhelm you? One commenter or person who leaves me a question will win a $25 gift card from either Amazon.com or BN.com—your choice.WINNER announced below – thanks all for blogging with us on R@R
Yasmine Galenorn Bio:
New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn writes urban fantasy: both the Otherworld Series and the Indigo Court Series. In the past, she wrote mysteries and nonfiction metaphysical books.
Yasmine has been in the Craft for over 32 years, is a shamanic witch, and describes her life as a blend of teacups and tattoos. She lives in Kirkland WA with her husband Samwise and their cats.