Writing a book is stressful.
It’s like writing a never-ending term paper…but the results…well, it’s yet to be determined.
So as you may have figured out…I am stressed and what am I going to do about it. If you’re stressed too, maybe we have something in common and we can share ideas on how to de-stress.
When I read this article from Harvard Health, it inspired me to make a few changes, as well as this great article from Helen Sanders here. Daily stress isn’t good for you and as mentioned in the article, it can have damaging physical effects on your body such as mood changes, sleep deprivation, appetite, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Since I’m already working on my stress level, one of the biggest things I’ve increased is my hobbies. One of my favorite is Papercrafting (see above photo).
Papercrafting or scrapbooking is relaxing to me. It is a legit hobby. I love buying all that pretty paper, glue, buttons, stickers, and you name it. You can find me inside a scrapbook store when I travel. I can spend several hours inside…just staring at paper.
Some of my favorite writers have interesting de-stressing hobbies. Paulette Jiles enjoys riding horses when she’s not writing, author Jenny Han likes to bake, and Ernest Hemingway enjoyed hunting, fishing, and sailing. I don’t know of any other writers who like to scrapbook. If you find out, please let me know. And if you’re a fellow writer and like to scrapbook, I’m so happy!
So how do you de-stress? What are your hobbies? I’d love to hear!
Have a great weekend!