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October 18, 2010


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Writer self care...walk the dog. Not the same as just taking a walk on my own. Walking Bonnie and laughing at the way she enjoys the world...it works a lot of what you're saying. The walk, the smile, even the give thanks.

None appreciate the world the way dogs do. So, I watch her.

Because you are so right. One must renew, both body and soul!

Donna Cummings

Maureen, that's an excellent way to combine several items! You're right about dogs being so appreciative of the world. I love how they always seem to be smiling about everything--so excited to see the same stuff they see every day. LOL

I watch my "wildlife" around here for the same reason. The animals seem to have plenty of time for playing, even in the midst of the serious business of gathering food for the winter.

Liz Fichera

Great tips, Donna! My big stress reliever is running. It's a great time to let my mind go a little blank. I have to do something to counter-balance my chocolate habit! ;-)

Donna Cummings

Liz, I applaud you for being a runner! I agree on the need to have something to counterbalance the chocolate habit. Mmm, this sitting on the couch strategy isn't doing much to counter MINE unfortunately. LOL


Great post! I think a lot of people do some of their best writing (i.e. thinking ahead) while moving around and doing things like walking. So not only will that relieve stress, but keep you engage with your writing too.

Donna Cummings

Tracey, you are SO right -- I think our brains enjoy movement and exercise too. I wish my brain had a reminder button about that tho -- LOL -- I need to get better about following my own advice!

Terri Osburn

I am way late on this but I love these suggestions, especially the one about smiling. The only one I can think of that you didn't mention is talking to and hanging out with my writer friends. I swear, all the expense for Nationals is worth it when I get to sit around and laugh with my buddies spread near and far.

Donna Cummings

Terri, there's no such thing as too late. :)

And you're so right -- talking to and hanging out with writer friends -- what a treat! I hope I can make it to Nationals this year. It's mainly because I want to see everyone I *talk* to online. :)

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