Chillax, Read, Walk, Rest…Repeat
Posted by Joanne Hayle
I have been doing something in the last few days that I don’t normally do…NO WRITING!!!
As I finished one project I realised that to leap straight in to another one would not give my brain and creativity a break so I’ve been strict with myself. No writing anything – on purpose for four days – I bravely jumped off the industrious treadmill.
(OK, I’ll admit to writing a poem on Sunday! Guilty as charged.)
I get so busy working that I sometimes forget to remember that my brain might just like a rest, a change of scene, a something out of the ordinary…and that’s what I’ve been giving it. Time off.
I have to remind myself as I recover from the OCD/PTSD that my mental strength is a work in progress and that although THANK GOD I’m nowhere near as fragile as I was I still have to be mindful – excuse the pun – that overworking the brain does me no favours short or long term.
Same for people who have their mental health in what they think is A1 condition, if you don’t take time off sometimes and remove the strains then there is a probability that your brain will go ping. You need to take time to reconnect with you.
So, I’ve walked in the sun, shopped in the rain, had my hair done, read some fab fiction and just tried to relax without lingering too long on thoughts of the next book, the chapter content, the research etc.
The nagging OCD voice wants me to work but it isn’t blaring as it once used to, so I can relax more these days…when I remember to!
Right now, I am typing this, earlier I wrote a children’s story and tomorrow I’ll start my book and will probably get so immersed in the project that it’ll be another month before I take a whole day off.
This afternoon is a half day off.
The plan reads: Chillax to the max.
But that doesn’t mean that I’m not ridiculously keen to get back to my beloved writing!
Take care peeps.
About Joanne HayleI am Joanne Hayle, I love writing. It is the best way to express myself. www.joannehayle.co.uk is my website which links to here. I have O.C.D and P.T.S.D. This site is a testament to the fact that with expert help what can feel like the end of the world, isn't. THANK GOD!! I have books on Amazon, have been included in poetry anthologies and children's books plus a really lovely amount of freelance work. You can also see my children's stories for free on www.childrens-stories.net.
Posted on May 19, 2015, in advice, Books, Children's stories, ebooks, enjoy reading, happiness, indie author and tagged anxiety, attitude, author, brain, confidence, creativity, e-book, fiction, leisure, mental health, non fiction, OCD, PTSD, relaxing. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.