How to handle stress while creating content?
Creating content can be stressful because one is unaware of how and when it may fetch them money. In the initial phase, one must start building up followers from scratch; to attract them, one needs to generate a substantial volume of content. Lets discuss ways you can handle stress while creating content.
Although stress is inevitable while creating content, one must find ways to cope with it.
Here are some ways to handle stress:
Set up SMART goals: We often commit mistakes while setting goals. Goals need to be set up considering our physical and psychological abilities. Setting specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound goals can work wonders.
Social support: People typically isolate themselves during stressful times, working alone for long hours, staying awake at night and isolating themselves from their families and friends. However, our social networks considerably help us cope with stress, providing emotional and tangible support. Hence, they are our best resources during stress. Therefore, while creating content, one should spend time with their kith and kin as it helps build resilience. Intake Fluid: A primary stress hormone, cortisol, is secreted due to stress. One feels drained and dehydrated and often consumes tea, coffee, or energy beverages. However, these drinks contain caffeine, which leads to dehydration, causing headaches and sleeplessness (insomnia). Caffeine is a diuretic; it increases one’s loo breaks and disrupts one’s flow of thoughts.
- Mind your stressors:
- Finance: The most prevalent source of stress while writing is finance. Most people worry about money as the income generated from content writing varies. One is never sure about the earning potential. Income generation may take a few days to months and even years to materialize, resulting in considerable stress as it can hinder financial plans. Getting success by creating a new product is always dicey. One needs to calculate their monthly income by creating an excel sheet displaying the income earned during the past 6–12 months. This calculation helps monitor income flow and prevent binge-spending. It facilitates calmness and control and helps resist temptation. Set aside emergency funds for better finances. Such funds can help maintain peace of mind and avoid haste. Having a proper track of finance helps you handle stress and maintain a proper, realistic budget.
- Environmental factors: Noise, temperature, workplace and traumatic events are environmental stressors and can cause hindrance while writing. One must calm down and leverage stress management techniques to overcome such stressors. To overcome noise, one must create a noise-free environment because too much noise can impede the flow of thoughts. If the temperature outside is too hot or cold, it can affect one’s mental wellbeing. Extremely cold temperature causes lethargy, whereas extreme heat may lead to irritation, hampering flow of ideas. A balanced atmosphere is essential for writing. An unfavorable or uncomfortable workplace may interrupt writing. De-clutter the place before you start writing. To ensure a refreshing work environment, one may use fresh plants and ensure proper light and ventilation in the room. If table plants are placed on the desk, they make you feel good and refreshed. It releases stress. Life events are an integral part. We can have traumatic events anytime. These events often come like flashbacks which can be disturbing. Carefully handle them before setting your mind to writing. Use of relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, listening to music, and biofeedback can be helpful.
Healthy lifestyle: Regular exercise, diet, and fixed sleep hours help to rejuvenate the mind and body. They induce new ideas with novelty and better content. Mental wellbeing: A positive attitude and positive thinking can help draft content better, increase confidence, and reduce stress. One must work toward overcoming unhealthy and unhelpful habits like avoidance, procrastination, and perfectionism. Overcoming these habits is beneficial in the longer run. Developing rational thinking helps challenge distorted thoughts and irrational beliefs and replaces them with positive ones. Journaling: Maintain a journal for writing and keep a record of the day to day work. Documenting these activities will help in generating new ideas. Sometimes the content gets fluid; racing thoughts may hinder the flow of writing. To stabilize the flow, make a hierarchical flow of events to ensure organized conten