Whether you've completed your first or your twentieth title- the mental stamina required to squeeze out the finishing touches of your book, has earned you a well deserved break. . . It's now time to enjoy a little back patting and focus on YOU for a while - take a well deserved break and simply RELAX!
Most hard-workers actually find the state of relaxation rather difficult to achieve. The buzz of the outside world is always a contributing factor to the build up of anxiety, even when one is not stressed out about anything at all. If you're having trouble relaxing after your creative outpouring, here are a few quick tips that may help you out. . .
This is a 2-Step method of breathing - Start by filling the bottom of your lungs first and then adding air to the top as you breathe only through your nose. Exhale gradually and feel the tension flowing out.
Decide which muscle you want to relax and then tighten that muscle. Feel the tension on the tightened muscle. Now let the muscle become loose and limp. Feel the relaxation flow into the muscle. You can do a series of these, on different muscles.
LIMP RAG DOLL:
Do the 2-Step method of breathing two times. With your mind imagine that all the bones in your body have melted. Feel your mind and body become limp and relaxed.
To begin you need to focus on your breathing. When you inhale, slowly say ‘I am’ and when you exhale say, ‘calm’. When your mind feels calm you may focus only on your breathing, with no thoughts at all.
So now that you have learned a few relaxation exercises you should be well on your way to a few days of mental and physical bliss. . . Even though your book is now on its way to mass production, you need not let your relaxation period be short lived - don't become overridden with anxiety about publicity, social acceptance and even worse, sales!
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