We just got home after a great weekend of visiting family and friends (with successful road trips both ways–woohoo!). I was able to visit test-readers Jenny and Kim and discuss my story with them, which was fun. They had a lot of great advice, and Jenny even gave me a CD to inspire my Muse. Thanks, ladies! Plus I gave my parents a copy of my manuscript, and my mom read the whole thing in one day! She really seemed to like it… and she’s not biased at all. 😉
But now that I’m back in the real world and facing a pile of laundry, a messy house, and an empty fridge, I can feel the stress crawling into my pores. Not to mention my self-imposed writing deadline and the Ch. 1 I’m still trying to get right. Since I have a million things I should be doing, I’m not allowing myself to ramble on and on for today’s topic. I’m just going to throw out a question and hope someone answers it for me, LOL.
How do you handle the stress in your life? How do you balance all your obligations, get everything done, and keep from going crazy? If you have a deadline (self-imposed or real), how do you tackle it without panicking?
One of my biggest stress-busters is to actually step away from it all–which is ironic, because then I’m not getting anything done. But after my son goes to bed, sometimes I’ll go outside by myself, just for a few minutes. Long enough to soak in the sunset, or the stars. Nature and God go hand-in-hand for me; when I’m outside, I feel closer to God than at any other time. It’s impossible for me to look at the sky and not feel something–inspiration, perspective, peace, etc. And once I feel that something, I’m refreshed enough to go back inside and tackle the next item on my to-do list.
When I don’t allow myself to go outside, or get exercise, or sleep enough, that’s when the stress takes over. Oh, and listening to audiobooks on my iPod keeps me sane, too. 🙂
So what about all of you?? How do you handle your never-ending to-do lists?? I’d love to hear any ideas, and I hope you all have a not-too stressful week!
P.S. I recently qualified for a free issue of Writer’s Digest, which came in the mail on Saturday. Now I feel like a true professional writer, LOL. It’s funny how little things can sometimes make your day. 🙂