We all have bad weeks. No matter how much you try to have a happy attitude, someone has to rain on your parade. Everything can be going swimmingly until a tidal wave crashes into you.

Work, writing, editing, query letters, time management, there’s never enough time to finish everything. It can drive anyone crazy and make you overwhelmed.  I sometimes try doing too many things at once, and as a result end up getting nowhere. It’s hard to concentrate on one thing.

This past week was tough for me, my stress levels were through the roof, and my mind wasn’t in certain projects. My job can really get the best of me, even on days off. It’s hard not to let your mind wander, thinking about going into work Monday and the stress it brings.

No one can write a novel in a day, I sure as hell can’t. I attempt to hit a quota but sometimes life takes over, and it’s impossible. As much as I enjoy writing, sometimes I need a break. There are other hobbies I enjoy that don’t involve writing. I tend to lose touch with those when throwing myself into work. Sometimes, I want to enjoy a Netflix marathon.

My goal is to make this week better than the last. I need to keep myself healthy by getting enough sleep, exercising and eating right. Hopefully this will help keep my sanity.

What do you do when you’re overwhelmed?




3 thoughts on “Overwhelmed

  1. Strangely enough, when I’m overwhelmed in terms of headspace, writing included, I don’t do much of anything at all. My mind doesn’t settle on one activity, and therefore I kind of flounder around like the village idiot. But it’s always a temporary rut. You got this!


  2. I can totally relate, given my recent stress levels and the effects on my health. There is much wise advice out there on this subject – get enough sleep, meditate, exercise, eat well, etc. I would also add self-compassion to that essential list. Don’t try to be a superhero or beat yourself up for the way you feel or your supposed ‘failings’. Try to be as kind to yourself as you would be to a close friend.

    Writing certainly needs discipline and determination, but it also needs lots of downtime (and space) to develop. I’m trying my best to practice all the above, while staying aware of the harsh inner critic that is so judgemental of myself and everyone else. The daily battle continues…

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