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Stress Management for Authors

Stress Management for Authors, guest post by Ingrid Kelada @ikelada @iReadBookTours #21DaysToHappiness #IngridKelada

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According to the Statistic Brain website, 76% of people cite money and work as the main causes of their stress.

As a psychologist and a happiness expert, I can tell you that people think it's normal to be stressed, overwhelmed and tired, but it's not! Certainly, when experiencing it, stress gives energy, but in the long run, it hurts our performance.

Stress is the answer to a perception of danger. In difficult situations, the adrenaline released allows us to be fast, strong and agile. It's very practical in the moment, but in the long term it harms our physical and psychological health.

Stress Management for Authors, guest post by Ingrid Kelada @ikelada @iReadBookTours #21DaysToHappiness #IngridKelada


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Here are the 2 most effective tips for authors that I recommend you practice.

Breathe Slowly and Deeply

By slowing down our breathing, we send a signal to our brain that we are in control. This allows us to react better because we are more focused, creative and effective when we are calm than when anxious or exhausted.

A practical tool to control our breathing is cardiac coherence. This method of monitoring heart rhythms was discovered by American researchers and then widely publicized by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber.

It is believed that the average number of complete breaths that is related to positive emotions and well-being is between 5 and 7 per minute, depending on the person. By "complete breathing" we mean long, deep inhalations and total exhalation: the cycle is about 10 seconds in total (5 seconds of inhalation, 5 seconds of exhalation).

Quick tip: try this…Before you sit down to write, here is a video with English instructions or my favorite video on YouTube, you get a bonus free mini vacation with the second one!

In addition, I suggest you download the APP RespiRelax-iOs or RespiRelax-Android on your smartphone, so you can easily "de-stress" between crises in about five minutes!

Learn to De-dramatize

When you need to focus on your writing but something goes wrong you can feel unable to function. Stress, as previously mentioned, is caused first and foremost by our perceptions or interpretation or events. If you think a situation is serious or negative, your stress automatically increases. Conversely, if you think there is a solution to everything and that things could be worse, your stress decreases. One thing I love to do to help de de-dramatize comes from the book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. The book poses the question “will it matter a year from now?”. Usually, the answer is NO! Most of the time, we are stressed with things that are usually quickly resolved. We tend to manage multiple emergencies and crises per week to which we most often find solutions. I always say: “if there is not a solution, there is a lesson!”

Quick tip: try this…Since I am not a physician, when dealing with problematic situations at work, I often say to myself: "There are no lives in danger" and this allows me to regain my composure in order to find the best way to deal with the issue.


Stress Management for Authors, guest post by Ingrid Kelada @ikelada @iReadBookTours #21DaysToHappiness #IngridKelada
Ms. Ingrid Kelada is an experienced psychologist and happiness expert. She is a speaker and has facilitated over 1000 workshops all over the world. People find her to be pragmatic, inspiring and funny! She has an online personality questionnaire store to help people identify their talents and interests. With over 25 years experience, she offers her expertise to a wide range of clients. She is bilingual and a member of the professional association of Psychologists of Quebec. Visit her online at www.keladacc.ca

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