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Writer’s Block? Our Favorite Ways to Relax

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Writer’s block is a nasty thing, and can cause some serious emotional and mental strain – particularly if you write for a living or are “so close” to finishing a big project. Our number one recommendation for someone experiencing writer’s block is to relax, unwind, and let the ideas come to you for a change. When you find yourself idea-blocked, often thinking even more about it only makes it worse and can stress you out even further. But, just how do you get yourself to stop thinking about how you can’t think of anything? Read on to discover our favorite ways to relax. We promise, it’s easy when you don’t try!

Soak the Stress Away

An oldie but a goody, a warm bubble bath does wonders for the mind and body. Combine a relaxing bath with a little aromatherapy or your favorite scented candle and soak away your stress. A warm bath will help your muscles relax, skin feel more hydrated, mind become freer, and your overall mood to improve. If you’ve had an especially trying day, hop into a bath before bed and you’ll be sure to fall asleep the moment your head hits the pillow!

Take a Hike

Walking for at least 30 minutes and taking in the scenery is a fabulous way to get your mind off work. If you love nature, head to a park or take a stroll along the water. If you’re more of a lively city person, take a stroll through downtown and soak in the culture. Whatever you do, concentrate on what you’re seeing around you and try to be in-the-now as opposed to leaving your mind back at your desk.

Snap some Photos

Many of us find taking photos to be very relaxing and inspirational. You’ll be concentrating on getting a good shot and finding new things to photograph and won’t have time to stress about the project you’ve taken a break from. If you’re looking for a fascinating new subject to shoot, consider visiting a local festival, park, or heading into a nearby city and snapping portraits of interesting people. You never know what might inspire you and get you writing again!

Music for the Mind

Music is sort of a cure-all in our opinion. When you’re feeling sad, a happy song can get you back up and smiling. When you’re feeling tired, a soft song can rock you right to sleep. Whatever your musical preference, put on some music and concentrate on the notes, lyrics, and how the song makes you feel. If you’re able, leave the house and see a live performance once in a while. You never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll see, and might find that ideas start flowing in once again.

Trip to the Theater

As a story teller, it be really nice to take a break and have a story told to you. So, go see a movie! Head to your local theater, alone or with a friend, and pick a movie to watch. Being in a theater full of people and watching a movie will make you forget about your writer’s block. Even if you end up not liking the movie, you might find inspiration in one of the characters or something you see on the screen. Oh, and popcorn is a must!

Hang With a Furry Friend

There’s a reason why many people have therapy pets – furry friends calm us down. Set aside some time and go for a walk with your dog, give your cat a massage, or visit a friend with an animal. Being around a pet and seeing how happy they are to have you there will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Who doesn’t love to be loved?!

What’s your favorite way to unwind and escape writer’s block? Let me know in a comment!