The Day I Ruined My Blog
My stomach just dropped as I read the words: “… closed your acccount…”. I had JUST started monetizing through Amazon Assocaties, and I had a pin go VIRAL. But I ignorantly broke a rule (my own fault for not being more careful), and they were cutting me loose. I was DEVASTATED. You know that feeling. That overwhelming nausea. The panic. And yes, even the tears. I had just ruined my blog.
STRATEGIES TO REGAIN YOUR PEACE
1. Phone a Friend
In the middle of my freak-out, I called Mr Math. My Walking Calculator. My biggest cheerleader. And what did he do? He did what he always does. He calmed me down. He ACKNOWLEDGED all of my hard work. He REASSURED me that I hadn’t ruined OUR blog. He REMINDED me that I could do fix it.
Do you have a friend like that? A rock. A safe place. If you don’t, find one. BE one.
2. Listen to calming music
A former co-worker, a Crisis Interventionist and Mental Health Therapist, once told me that wordless, slow music helps relax and calm listeners. I have personally found it to be beneficial. People have their own personal taste in music, however you might struggle in finding the right soothing song. Try the song “Weightless” by Marconi Union band and the British Academy of Sound Therapy. Based on a 2001 study conducted by Mindlab Institution, it has been deemed the most relaxing song ever. It reduced participants’ anxiety of 60%, even while completing a difficult task. So give it a listen, and see if it works for you.
Without getting too sciencey (is that even a word?) the body produces adrenaline, norepinephrine and cortisol when under stress. In real danger and emergencies, this is great. But the average person experiences anxiety where these hormones ARE NOT beneficial. Exercise produces endorphins, which is what gives atheletes their “runner’s high”.
Have you experienced a major setback, or a perceived disaster, and bounced back? Tell me what you did in those first crucial moments? I’d love to hear what strategies you used to recover.