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Stress, frustration, deadline stress

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Your deadline looms. You sit at your computer, your iPad, your yellow pad, or your typewriter, and the words aren’t flowing. You know your general topic and the length your piece or chapter needs to be. You know everything you need to know to write this piece. The clock is ticking. And the words aren’t flowing. You’re starting to worry you won’t get the piece done on time. Your shoulders are tight. Your chocolate barometer is going off. The idea of reaching for candy is getting tough to ignore. Still, the words aren’t flowing. You have Deadline Stress!

You need to shift into Go Mode, into focus and flow. But how can you do that? Most advice you see on writers’ block, and on generally being stuck, is all about using thoughts to control your thoughts. But in fact, when you are in brain lock, you can’t get hold of your thoughts to control your thoughts! Your brain is depleted at this moment.

But wait! You can use physical ways to shift your brain into Go! Here are three top techniques!

  • The Shoulder Shift. Roll your shoulders up and forward, then around, slowly, stretching, for one minute. Now roll them up and back and around, slowly, stretching, for one minute. Notice the warming in your ankles and feet. You have just opened up the circulation to the whole body, which will get to the brain in one more minute. In one minute, notice a warming sensation flowing up the back of your neck. This is energy, and it is recharging your energy-starved brain. You may notice your optimism rising already.
  • The Chocolate Churnover. Earlier, were you craving chocolate? Now is the time to munch an ounce of dark chocolate to help your brain. The antioxidants and theobromine in the chocolate will lift your energy and metabolism. Stimulating the tongue and mouth, by eating, lifts the energy of both the Fire- and Earth Meridians. The bitter flavor in the chocolate stimulates the Fire Meridian, and the sweetness energizes the Earth Meridian. If you heat your chocolate in almond- or dairy milk, drinking your hot chocolate will warm the entire digestive system, which stimulates brain function, increasing clarity. Also, the potassium in either form of milk will assist brain optimization. Now you have churned your whole energy system, and it is pumping in support of you.
  • The Latte Lift. If you are a latte lover, try this trick. Drink your favorite latte and relax in your recliner or lie down for 20 minutes, having set a timer. You get a break, and as you’re rising, the antioxidants and caffeine (or in tea lattes, L-Theanine, theobromine, and theophylline) are just hitting your blood-brain barrier. Now you’re rested and refreshed, yet your blood, oxygen, and energy are flowing well.

Now, you no longer have to dread Deadline Stress! Play around with these techniques and make them part of your regular writing practice. You never need to be stuck again. Now you’ll be beating all those deadlines and soaring as the writer you are meant to be.

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Energy, Peace, Meditation, stress, Peace Within

Energy – Peace – Meditation

  • Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert and award-winning author.  She also is an ordained minister and has a natural healing practice. Among her books are: Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br),and Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition(http://tinyurl.com/mqg3uvc ). Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office. Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com .  For an appointment, or to ask if Kebba can speak for your group: calendar@kebba.com .
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