Life has been a bit overwhelming this year and recently when it was time to write I found my mind stirred by panic and as blank as an unwritten book. Nothing. There. Nothing.
On reflection, I realized the tornado of angst that had wiped my mind clean was my own doing, my own unnecessary agonizing over things that couldn’t be known, over things that I could defer to an expert for an answer. I gave myself a week to calm down and within a few days I again became verbal and curious about what others do in a situation like mine.
What if you don’t have the luxury of a week to get back into your creating mode? What can be done for more immediate results?
- Remember yoga. Breathe in, breathe out. (Think, breathe in, and breathe out). Repeat. Continue until calm. This is a form of meditation. For additional ways to meditate check out this wiki article http://www.wikihow.com/Meditate . A supporting action I learned in yoga class is to tense and release muscles one body part at a time starting with your toes.
- Write in a journal. Promise yourself you never have to reread these pages and feel free to shred them afterwards. I do. Here’s a blog article that gives specific ways to calm yourself via journaling http://www.createwritenow.com/journal-writing-blog/10-quick-journal-prompts-to-calm-your-mind
- Be grateful. As I and my partner have been dealing with our significant health issues this year, I had, early on, focused on gratitude. Goodness knows, these are bad diagnoses, but we were lucky too. It occurs to me, that I had, momentarily forgotten our good fortune. For more in depth thoughts on how this works, read this article by Daniel A. Miller http://tinybuddha.com/blog/how-gratitude-can-calm-nerves-make-you-more-effective/
- Other things that can calm are:
- Keeping a to do list, that way you can relax knowing you’ll remember everything that needs to be done at a later time.
- Both your body and your mind benefit from giving your body a workout.
- Talk to yourself with kindness.
- Count backwards for as long as it takes.
For my own life this week, I settled down by reminding myself that living life itself is an act of creation and, just like writing a story, the creator needs to trust that all of the necessary pieces will come together.
What do you do to get calm and get writing?