E. S. Danon
What to do During the Covid19 Outbreak Other Than Writing a Novel
Updated: Apr 18, 2020
If you're battling anxiety like me, then you probably are struggling with your book writing as I am. I want you all to know that it's okay not to be yourself during these times. Too much stress can stunt your motivation and create wicked writer's block. Take a damn break.
Writing often requires a lot of brain power, especially with revisions. Here's a list of ten things you can do that require little effort compared to novel and essay writing.
1. Don't feel guilty about not writing.
Remind yourself that, yes, it's okay to take a break if needed. Do a mental self-check by thinking of why you are feeling the way that you are and let it go.
2. Take a bath or a shower.
There's something healing about water: it can often take the edge off the most stressful events. So run that water against your skin and soak in that warm bath with your favorite ducky.
3. Breathe in slowly and meditate.
Anxiety tenses the body so make the mindful attempt to release all of your pent up emotion.
4. Exercise and go outside for your daily workout.
If the weather is nice and you are not sick, go outside for a daily workout. Make sure to social distance, which in my opinion is a great excuse to ignore people and genuinely immerse yourself into nature.
5. Read a book.
If your brain can't handle writing on top of the anxiety, read a book. This is effortless and can only help you in your book writing skills.
6. Use another creative outlet to let loose.
Painting, drawing, pottery, music, and other art forms can be a healthy alternative to writing. My personal favorite is painting. It takes zero thinking, just paint and a paint brush.
If you can't write your novel or poetry, then journal your feelings for your eyes only. Writing for just yourself is natural and healing. You don't always have to write for other people.
8. Face time and call friends.
If you're suffering from social withdrawal, schedule a call date with someone for a healthy dose of gossip.
9. Cook and/or bake.
Cooking and baking takes little thought as well. All you have to do is follow a step-by-step recipe and bam - you made something.
10. Self-groom and experiment with new looks.
Whether makeup is your thing, or crazy hairdos, get yourself ready as if you were going out to some fancy dinner or event. Take pictures and pretend that you are not self-quarantining. Being stuck inside and in pajamas can make anyone take a self-esteem hit. Fight against that and be the best you you can be, even if for just an hour.