What are we talking about today?

Some days have themes. I don't necessarily post something in each of these topic areas every week.

Sunday: Church-related or spiritual things.
Monday: Running.
Tuesday: Books.
Wednesday: Transportation.
Friday: Green living.

04 November 2011

Breakdown

Four days into NaNoWriMo and I'm already neglecting you all! That's mostly because I didn't get my posts auto-scheduled last weekend as intended. Maybe this weekend, if I'm very very lucky, but I'm going to the Austin Celtic Festival most of the weekend so my chances of that kind of luck are looking pretty slim.

This is what I'm like... I'm the one
looking the wrong way because
I want to make sure all the other
chicks are doing it right. Source.
So today's tip isn't necessarily green, but I'm also into general healthiness, and I think that's what this falls into. But first, some backstory! I have this tendency to approach the whole universe like I'm its older sister. One of these days I hope to grow out of it, and start leaving the universe alone to do whatever it wants to do without me bossing it around. (I'm not really that bossy. I'm the older sister who offers you a tissue and says "there, there" and only bosses you if you ask my opinion.)

And the other downside is that I tend to take on other people's stress and worries. Specifically, this week, it's some of my coworkers at the Writing Center. We've hit the stressful point of the semester, plus the onset of cold season. And when you add to that the normal "what do I do with my life" and the hormonal garbage that comes with being in your early 20s, my coworkers are carrying around a lot of stress. (Yes, a lot of it is self-inflicted. That doesn't make me feel any less sorry for them.) And I absorb that anxiety off of them and add it to my own.

So, coming back round to the point, my tip this week is partly adopted from Sleeping Naked is Green and partly my own experience: Search for healthy, uplifting ways to deal with your stress.

Maybe you need a cup of tea. Maybe you'll go for a walk. Maybe you'll read a book or watch a funny movie. Maybe you just need a nap (easier said than done, I know). For me, it's been NaNoWriMo... I've been inflicting my own stress upon my characters, which frees me from carrying it around. Works great.

What do you do when the world gets to be too much? Should I write you into my novel?

7 comments:

Carolyn Counterman said...

If I am really lucky, when the world gets too much, I will find a stockpile of really good milk chocolate. Barring that, I hide in my room and read a good novel. So if you don't write me into your novel, at least write a good one I can use if I run out of chocolate.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I've lately been doing more exercising. I feel so good after I'm done and I work out my problems while I'm jogging.

Su said...

@Carolyn: Chocolate is good, although with my self-control problems I should just not go down that road. And I'm doing my best on that novel.

@Susan: Very true! I can't believe I forgot to write that one down.

Jess said...

I love the idea of taking out stress on your characters! I used to live in Austin~ wish I'd gone to more festivals and events. The Celtic one sounds like fun!

Su said...

Yeah, they can't argue back! ;) We went to the Celtic fest last year & loved it. I'm very excited!

....Petty Witter said...

Funny how life has a habit of getting in the way of things. Here's hoping you had a great week-end.

Su said...

Thanks! It was fab. I even finished my homework!