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.