When Writing Gets Tough, Breathe

Writing can be tough. Some days you might feel stuck, disinterested, or find that you want to do something else entirely. Being a writer takes a high amount of self-discipline. Whether you want to write or not, make yourself do it. Writing every day, even if it’s only for a half hour, is enough discipline. Many of us have full-time jobs, kids to take care of, or classes to attend. We all have unique situations, and as a result, days can become rather hectic.

Lately, with so many things going on, I’ve been feeling ridiculously frustrated. I haven’t written in weeks, though I have done some edits. When i sit down to write, I end up staring at the screen and doing nothing else. I have ideas and a basic outline of what I want to accomplish. I just can’t seem to get there with everything else that’s causing stress. I’m sure I’m not the only one with these types of problems.

A few days ago, I was reminded that simple breathing exercises can help in these situations. There’s an easy five-step process to calming yourself.

  1. Understand and believe that your problem, whatever it is, can be overcome.
  2. Find somewhere quiet and unwind. Listen to favorite music if it helps.
  3. Take four deep breaths, lifting your shoulders when you inhale and lowering them when you exhale.
  4. Take ten regular breaths and focus on your breathing. Keep your hands flat on your legs or in a prayer position and keep your head lowered.

I’ve learned that stressing over everything and letting it affect my writing habits is only making everything worse. Writing should be seen as something I enjoy, not something I’m afraid of or don’t want to do. I’m going to start looking at it in a more positive way. You should, too.

Happy Writing,

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