What have you done to mitigate your stress as you’re writing about what’s stressing you out this week, for this week’s writing prompt? At first, getting out what’s stressing you out is liberating, and seems to release an invisible weight off your chest… until thoughts like, “Well, now what?” start to creep in…

In Tuesday’s post, I engaged in a form of free-writing of sorts and wrote about what is stressing me out: the state of the world. And writing about it did help me feel a little liberated and less stressed. At least, for a little while.

As someone with an INFJ personality type, however, it’s now imperative that I start focusing more on what I can and will do about what’s stressing me out. I can’t just leave it all up in the air now that it’s out. But where do I start if I am only seeing myself as one drop in the ocean

For one, I can continue to write posts for this blog. This blog is not only about writing every day, but about writing something purposeful and meaningful every day.

Every Monday I post a new writing prompt to complete for the week. And every writing prompt is as much for you as it is for me. And I share daily posts on a schedule so that I continue to write every day, as I work on the weekly writing prompt. I figured that if I need to keep this cadence as a writer, there is no way that I am alone. Yet I still try to keep the writing prompts short and simple enough so that they don’t interfere with the other things that I’m writing and working on each week.

As an INFJ, it’s true, I get so caught up in the larger purpose and value of things in life, I lose sight of the importance of day-to-day routines and cadences, and often grow to resent them. So, I need to write every day to make sure I am writing about meaningful things that have the power to influence the world and the people in it every day. It’s a good compromise for me. What about you?

I hope you consider completing the writing prompts I share every Monday too. You might be like me and begrudgingly admit you need a consistent writing routine too. But I also feel that the world needs more people like you and me writing about important things in meaningful and intentional ways as often as possible. And focusing on a new writing prompt once a week, while working on it every day, seems manageable too.

I also hope you share what you’re writing with me and others (see details for how to do that below) so that we can start having dialogues about these important things we’re writing about. That’s the stress of any writer, no? The feeling that the things you’re writing are just going off into outer space not really reaching anyone…

Another tangible thing I’m going to do to mitigate my stress: continue to work on my current book project. I hope to share more about the project in upcoming posts. For now, I can say that it’s about our current socio-economic state in the world, especially in the United States, with a conversational tone, realistic yet optimistic outlook, and tangible action items.

And I am going to continue to repeat my new mantra, daily, courtesy of the writing work I completed this week and Rumi. My new mantra: “You are the ocean in a drop, NOT just a drop in the ocean.”

I’m sure I’ll come up with other tangible things to do to work out my stress too, like exercise more and eat better, etc. But ultimately the best way for me to deal with stress is to write it out to work it out. Can you relate?

What about you? What are you going to do this week to better understand and mitigate your own stress? Or to channel it into positive, forward-moving action? Whether your stressors are the same as mine or not, I do believe if we all write about what stresses us out in an effort to alleviate that stress and find meaning in it, that the world will be better for it. Share your thoughts and feelings in a comment at the bottom of this post.


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2 comments

  1. I just do as many beneficial things as I can to balance out this weird stress I’m feeling. I don’t know why I stress out over things sometimes too. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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