Managing Writer Stress – Breathing


  1. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey August 21, 2013 at 8:39 am .

    Hi Kerry. I’m so glad you’ll be one of the regular RMFW Blog contributors. I’ve had to do a lot of these breathing exercises lately, and I discovered last week that baking chocolate chip cookies helps the process a lot. Good post with great advice!

    1. Kerry Schafer
      Kerry Schafer August 21, 2013 at 7:23 pm .

      Aha! You are the chocolate instigator! I worked down the comments backwards I see. :) Thanks for the opportunity to blog on the site. I’m looking forward to it.

  2. Julie Luek
    Julie Luek August 21, 2013 at 10:19 am .

    I’m inclined to agree with Pat on the chocolate and meditative breathing combination. I have, with the last twenty days, started practicing meditation and breathing in the morning. It has really helped with my stress. I look forward to your future posts and helpful tips!

    1. Kerry Schafer
      Kerry Schafer August 21, 2013 at 7:22 pm .

      Julie – cool! I’ve slipped up on my practice badly, but I always have access to just modifying my breathing. Even that little bit makes a difference. Also – I am now craving chocolate.

  3. W. J. Howard
    W. J. Howard August 21, 2013 at 11:22 am .

    When I saw the title of this post in my email I had to come over and read because I was in the middle of a panic attack. First off thanks for making me laugh. And thanks for reminding me to breath. I think my heart rate is finally slowing. Only one problem with the bonus tip. I now want to bake some chocolate chip cookies.

    1. Kerry Schafer
      Kerry Schafer August 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm .

      Mmmm. Chocolate chip cookies. (inserts subliminal message to share). So glad I could instill a little laughter in your day, and I hope things settle down for you. Regular practice of mindful breathing can actually decrease the frequency and intensity of panic attacks.

  4. Yolanda Renee
    Yolanda Renee August 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm .

    Oh dear, yes, yes, yes – all of that and more! Thanks for the breathing tips – I need to relax! I keep telling myself, if I put the pen and paper and definitely the computer away and just concentrated on repainting the living room, I’d be so much happier,

    1. Kerry Schafer
      Kerry Schafer August 21, 2013 at 7:19 pm .

      Oh dear. For me, that would never ever work. Painting is infinitely more stressful than writing!

  5. […] In my last post I touched on some of the many moments in a writer’s life that can be stress inducing, and using breathing techniques as one way to relax. As promised, today we are going to talk about taking relaxation one step further: the body scan. […]

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