Monday, December 8, 2014

Breathe

There's been a lot of promoting (recent release of Beacon, YA urban fantasy dystopian) and hopping going on in my neck of the woods (Color of Love blog hop). But as much as being an author involves acting upon marketing opportunities, going on twittering about in social media; it is also about being a person, a human. Sometimes we forget that, especially in times like these where we want to get things squared away for our family holdiay shenanigans, plot and plan various holiday activities and incentives for readers and still, somehow, crank out some word count so we don't feel like worthless bumps on a log.

So I'd like to invite my fellow writer friends and readers to do something good for mind, body, soul, muse, and eyes:
* Stop and relax for at least ten minutes. No need to time it. It's more than likely you'll go a little longer than ten minutes and really need it to do so.
* During this ten minutes (or longer) stay away from the internet. It is amazing to realize how much we are tethered to the web by our computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones. Don't cheat your relaxation time by tapping away on your smartphone's touchscreen while lying comfy in your hammock. Really, just let it go for a few minutes.
*Then...
Breathe.
In and out.
A steady rhythm

The holiday season is a wonderful time for giving and sharing goodwill toward men. But it has also transitioned into a time of consumerism, commercialism and bringing out the biggest and baddest our material society can come up with. Take a hint from Lazy Days kitty and allow yourself to relax for one brief moment. For one brief moment, remember the world will keep spinning if you decide to treat yourself to a moment of relaxation.

Your body just might thank you with...
*An extra ounce of rejuvination in your mind.
*A rested body ready to tackle that extra set of stairs.
*A soul feeling a little lighter and more in a giving mood, less the Grinch mood.
*Eyes eager to devour that extra short story a friend sent to your Kindle/Nook/Sony e-reader (etc.)

What would you suggest as another option of giving yourself a moment to breathe?

17 comments:

  1. You are so right. I've never been good at relaxing. Yoga has helped me a lot though, Even two minutes of stretching does a world of good, especially when I feel beaten.

    Thank you for the reminder.

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    1. With all you've got going on, Maria, I would love for you to take a moment and just...breathe :-)

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  2. Step away from the computer!
    Good time for an evening walk to look at lights.

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  3. We've had a family YMCA membership for years, and I've never used it. Last week, I finally went and got my membership card and managed to get there 3x to walk on the treadmill. Each time, I brought a book to read for pleasure. It was a very nice break. (Up to now I've been walking on the Wii -- and jumping off it to check my email each time it goes bloop. Not a break at all!)

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    1. Yep, getting away gives you a chance for a real break. Glad you're getting a chance to take advantage of your YMCA membership.

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  4. I took a few days away to do real life stuff. Taking a periodic break is excellent advice.

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    1. Good for you, Elizabeth. It's a wonderful thing to step back and do those other necessary things without letting something hang over you.

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  5. Good idea. Bring on the hammock and hand me the hot cocoa. I guess I'll have to hang that hammock inside for winter. Great job on you book tour. Saw your book just about everywhere.

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    1. Yep, hang that hammock inside and sip on that hot cocoa. And Thank you :-)

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  6. I take a few minutes here and there to just refocus - talk to people or watch a favorite tv show. Its good to just breathe occasionally and enjoy some quiet time.

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  7. That's a really good idea! Maybe I'll go and lie down on my bed and finish reading a book... heck, maybe I'll stay there for an hour. Or a day. Or a week.

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  8. I could use a time out. I could also do with a dose of major productivity. It's always a toss up.

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  9. These are great, and I promise to do each of them during this crazy season! Another thing I love to do is read a book. That relaxes me instantly.

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  10. I could hug you, right now! Thank you so much for the reminder to stop, relax, and breath. Taking in the world around us can be therapeutic. Have a wonderful holiday, Angela! (I haven't forgotten to respond to your last email. Life has been nuts, lately.)

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  11. This is absolutely lovely! Definitely a good reminder to stop and take some time to relax. Why do we try to cram so much in every day? Thanks!
    ~Jess

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