How to cope with writing stress

Writing stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension when faced with a writing task. Perhaps you have a deadline you need to reach, or an important draft to send off. Emotional stress can be caused by an event that has deeply affected you or someone around you. Physical stress can be caused by the irregular stretching of muscles.

Emotional stress can be linked to numerous causes, the news, experiencing trauma, and deadlines. We’re all under a lot of emotional stress these days, since the only thing being shown on the news is the state of the world, which is currently very critical, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, global hunger, and our climate crisis, Moreover, a survey conducted in America reports that more than 50 % of the population say that reading the news causes them stress and many people report feeling anxiety, fatigue or sleep loss as a result. Short doses of stress can be positive though as it helps keeps you more alert, well-focused, and more motivated. Taking stress to extremes may cause all of the aforementioned adverse effects.

Physical stress or muscle rigidity happens when a muscle or a group of muscles stays contracted or partly contracted for an extended period. This can be caused due to excessive workouts and hard physical labor. The two can also be connected as people who suffer from chronic stress also suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression(or anxiety), and skin disorders(such as psoriasis and eczema). 

Fortunately, there are many ways to manage emotional stress and relieve the physical kind. 

1) Be kind to yourself. Feeling stress does not make you weak.

2) Leaning on the people you trust. Sharing your concerns with someone you trust often helps even out your emotional burden.

3) Keeping a journal.

The physical kind can be relieved by, a hot compress, taking a hot bath, and yoga.

To conclude, stress always depends on the situation in which you are. It can be positive for employees and students when it helps them meet a deadline or in the students case help them study harder for an exam. It can be very negative if taken to extremes. 

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