Thursday, August 11, 2011

Insane Ways of Staying Sane

So, newsflash.

This week is stressful. 

With the stock market playing ping pong with our money as well as rumblings of the End of Days (recession-wise), I'm more than a wee bit high strung.

Of course, this means I started to get crazy nervous about the new pieces I'm currently writing. Thoughts like, "I've lost the sweet mojo! No one will ever buy one of my books ever again!" and "Maybe all of my writing is terrible, horrid crap, and no one's told me!" have been flying through my mind at break neck speeds.

I realize, however, that this is The Crazy talking and shouldn't be taken seriously.

So how the heck do you stop The Crazy and get back to work?  How do you shake off the negative voices and start feeling good about what you're doing again?

I'll tell you what I did.

I gave myself a pep talk!

This sounds dorky, but it 100% worked, and I felt great afterwards.  I addressed myself in the 3rd person (in my head), and told myself all of the things I'm proud of about my own writing and the things I've accomplished so far.  I told myself that good things were on the horizon and that I can absolutely meet the goals I've set for myself.

I told myself that I've got this covered, and psyched myself up. 

Have you ever done this?  It really helped lift my mood instantly. 

Next time you hear The Crazy creeping in, give it a try :).  You might be pleasantly surprised!


Jim Franz said...

Pep talks can be a great way to get rid of The Crazy!

Since I'm a psychologist, the way I deal with The Crazy is by the methods we teach our clients. My blog actually started addressing this a few weeks ago, if you're interested:

And yeah, the stock market this week has made The Crazy more prevalent in a number of people who I've seen. Whether they're writers, construction workers, or teachers, there's something about all of this uncertainty that feeds The Crazy.

Rebecca Knight said...

Jim, thanks for the link! :) I'll definitely have to check your blog out.

Man, seriously, though--this week is nuts. And to top it off, there were some layoffs today at work.

I picked one hell of a week to quit sniffing glue...

Katrina L. Lantz said...

Sympathies on the stock market thing. It's hard to watch.

I loved this post. It manages to be honest AND positive at the same time, which is something we all need right now.

And I really like how the solution to the Crazy is talking to yourself. :)