Self-Care Challenge (Day 97): Calming Down

On day 97 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I focused my attention on calming down. (What can I say? I had a technology meltdown.)

If you’ve ever self-published a book, you’ll identify with this post.

After weeks and months of writing, and after proofreading until my eyes were nearly bleeding, I entered the final stretch: The publishing process. I say process, because self-publishers don’t just send their manuscript off to a magical wizard or click a button to upload a file. Sure, there are wizard-like companies out there, but they often come with a hefty price tag of near or around 10k, depending on the bells and whistles. (I know, because I checked.)

The process consists primarily of formatting. Lots and lots of formatting. Depending on where you decide to publish, there are varying options and requirements to consider: image size, color, image type, trim size, headers, footers, front cover design, back cover design, page breaks, page numbers, and the list goes on.

I consider myself relatively proficient in Microsoft Word, but for the first time in my life I discovered new formatting options that I didn’t even know existed. Eventually, I was adding section breaks and inserting headers like a boss.

And then it happened.

Something went very, very wrong. Headings were inconsistent. Page numbers were out of order. And this was especially disconcerting because I’d been up since 4 a.m. working on it; it was not 3 p.m. Cue in the profanity. 

Essentially, I had worked myself into a complete tizzy, but I knew that state of mind would get me nowhere. So…I went outside. I sat in my swing. I ate a snack. I took some deep breaths. And then I convinced myself that calming down was my only hope for figuring out a solution.

And I did.

When we separate ourselves from our emotions, giving ourselves enough time to regain our composure, we find solutions more easily. In some ways, self-care is a problem-solver.

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