How I Relieve Stress

hand-labor-1151300x225We writer’s tend to be an anxious lot. Will I be rejected? Will that email come? What should I say when I query this publisher? Do I even have any talent? The unrelenting worries are constant.

I think there’s a lot of writing that involves putting ourselves out of our comfort zone. Anytime you do that, anxiety is a natural byproduct.

What I’d love to know is how everyone manages their stress levels. I write–I’m kidding. When I get into the zone, I can forget about those worries as the story sucks me in, but when I stop for the day, they’re all still in my head.

Personally, I crochet. The repetition and production of an item is very calming for me. And I love that I can create beautiful things out of a single (very long) thread of yarn. I recently made two baby blankets, a teddy bear (this is called amigurumi), and I’m working on a shawl for my daughter’s formal in a couple of weeks.

I’m truly curious… what do you do to relieve stress?


If anyone is interested in crochet, Youtube is a fantastic tool for learning! My new favorite stitch is called c2c (corner to corner) and works up in a gorgeous way. I’m including the video that I used to learn c2c.

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About Lori Sizemore

Lover of nail polish, pens, her Kindle, and fresh coffee. She likes romance filled with messy, real characters and lots of snarky banter. Reading was (and still is!) her BFF; when she discovered writing she fell in love. Come for the snark. Stay for the story.

4 Responses to How I Relieve Stress

  1. Shiloh says:

    I have tried crotchet and fail miserably. Lol

    I tend to turn to drawing or coloring for stress relief!

    • I’ve done coloring as well. I think anything with physical activity, no matter how small, is helpful because it gets rid of those fight or flight hormones. That’s the former social worker in me talking, lol.

  2. You’d get along famously with several of my friends, Lori–they love to crochet as well. I, however, truly stink at textile-related crafts of any sort, so I avoid them. I like to cook, read, or drink wine to relieve my stress! Sometimes all three at once. 😉

    • I love to be around people who cook to relieve stress–it’s always so tasty!

      Definitely can’t forget reading (or wine!) because that’s always been my go-to for stress as well. Stepping into another world is the best way to forget troubles.

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