I am on deadline. Again.
I'm not complaining. I love what I do and as a writer I feel blessed to be contracted for several more books which means I will be living on deadline for the next three years. At least.
That being said, my latest deadline is looming large and I have been stressed to the gills--as I always am the two weeks prior to turning a book in. Most writers will tell you that they have a process and for most of us that process includes stressing out--usually more than once.
In order to save my sanity, I have a few go-to tools for stress relief. I'll admit right off the bat that some are smarter than others.
1. Get up from my computer, step away from the manuscript and go for a walk--This is the best option but I don't always do it because I feel guilty for leaving the project. However, when I do force myself to take that break, it helps every single time. It's good for the mind and the body.
2. Call a friend--Chatting with one of my writer friends can be great because they know the torture of which I speak. So talking to another author is really helpful...unless those bitches are done with their book....Just kidding. ;)
3. Watch a funny video on You Tube in the name of research--Ah yes, the internet research is an important tool for the author but it's also dangerous. It can become a time suck if I'm not careful but if I'm super stressed out, watching silly videos is a great stress reliever. Here's one of my faves.
4. Chocolate--See. I told you they weren't all good choices. I save this as an absolute last resort because the weight watchers points value of my favorite goody is hefty. Which is exactly what I will be if I eat it too often.
5. Keep Writing--Sometimes it's best to put my head down and plow through.
How about you? What do you do to relieve stress?