Saving your sanity – something that you need to deal with more than you would like to admit. There are just times when you feel as though you are being pushed to the very brink and that you might be ready to go over the edge and lose your sanity entirely. I am sure you will agree that most people have had a taste of it somehow. It can really be disconcerting to have to experience something like that, and that’s putting it mildly. Even the idea of losing one’s mind is certainly not a very good one, and having such thoughts can itself be very troubling. People often scramble for ways to help save them from having such a feeling, and at least getting back a measure of relaxation and peace of mind.
There are many different things that can leave a man feeling like he is on the brink of falling into madness and away from the sane and the normal. It could be anything, problems that have its roots in family problems, work related stress, relationships with other people, and many others. Any of those things could really account for a lot of stress and related problems can easily pile up, leading one to have a feeling that’s akin to going crazy. It’s a common and yet, very unsavory situation to be in, and there are plenty of cases when the individual concerned has gone over the edge because of the enormous pressure.
If I may venture to relate my knowledge of the case, I have to say that most of those who have been driven nearly insane or at least felt that way were forced into it by work related situations. Yes, as important as work and our careers have been for us, there seems to be some cases where it can prove to be very stressful for the individual. Some are pressured too much by the situations and the circumstances that they are in, and it all eventually leads to them having that negative feeling.
I must admit that I am very familiar with the feeling and the situation myself, having unfortunately experienced it first hand. And once I relate what my job is, then some might find it easy to understand why I am driven to having such thoughts and feelings. I am a writer, and that says a lot right there by itself. A writer can be seen by some as a dream job, and that was the exact way that I saw it when I was still a student and deciding on a career. There was something about being a writer that drew me to it, perhaps it was the fascination that I have for being creative and imaginative, and so I took that path. And whenever I look back, I feel no regrets whatsoever that I chose being writer as my career.
Being a writer has been a dream come true for me, and I couldn’t be happier that I do it for a living. It’s just the greatest feeling that I am able to do what I love to do and then be able to earn from it at the same time. But of course, just like in every other career, there are low times when you feel really challenged. The situation sometimes gets to be too tough that you are led to desperation, and that’s where it hits you – you feel as though you are losing your sanity. I’ve faced that situation a few times already, and it usually strikes when I’m having a massive dose of writer’s block. Indeed, that moment when you just can’t seem to think of anything to write, when all that you manage to do is stare blankly onto your laptop or desktop’s screen. That can be pretty frustrating, and if I haven’t been able to check myself, I probably would’ve gone overboard, ready to be strapped into a straightjacket.
Deal with Writer’s Block to Save Your Sanity
Really, it is very fortunate for us writers that even though we are facing tough times that can sometimes make us want to bash or throw away our computers, there are still ways to deal properly with it. Writer’s block is one of the major stumbling blocks for any writer, and anyone who has faced deadlines knows just how annoying it could be. The following are seven of the ways by which it could be dealt with, ultimately preserving the sanity of the writer.
1. Use References of Past Works – If nothing is going into your head and you just feel that there’s nothing in it but blank space, then you can always turn to past works for help. The past work that you’ve done about similar subjects is your best way to help yourself, since you would instant recollection and familiarity with the articles or pieces that you’ve done before. That would immediately allow you to have an idea about the piece that you want to write. Or you could also take a look at your past research, and draw from that and use it in your new articles.
2. Always Carry a Notebook With You – As every writer knows too well, ideas can pop up all of a sudden. It can just happen without any kind of warning at all, and so it would be best if a writer would have a notebook with him, be it electronic or an old school kind of notebook. You can also expand on whatever little ideas you might have jotted down in the past and make it even more interesting.
3. You Can Write About the Difficulty You are Having in Writing – It would be a good and interesting way to use the bad situation to your advantage. Since writers always have things in their head, whatever it might be, it would do plenty of good for them to just write down anything that happens to be in their minds. Eventually, they’d hit on an idea that’s related to what they need to write, and that’s where the good stuff will start pouring out.
4. Write Constantly – Practice makes perfect, as they say, and it is no different when it comes to writing. If you are always writing, then the chances that you would be able to produce quality writings more easily is really quite high. It is actually a situation where you keep yourself as sharp as possible by writing almost all of the time, about just about anything that interests you and that you can think of.
5. Little Notes Should Help – If you are not yet in the mood for writing, then you can always jot down short or little notes that can help later on in the actual writing process. A word or two, or maybe a phrase or sentence that can help with the overall article that you are writing is indeed very useful.
6. Take a Short Break from Writing – Now this might be a little departure from the others on this list, but some writers might find this to be just as effective. Just take a short break from doing any writing, merely serving to take your mind off the task at hand. The change in activity and pace could help in refreshing your mind and your attitude, which should be focused once more when you get back to writing.
7. Just Write – Just write. It would feel liberating to just write, without any worries whether you’re doing any good at all or whether you’re writing is so bad. Just write on, about anything, and you’ll eventually find that groove that you need to write as well as you can.