There are two things that I’ve found that help when I’m stressed. 1) Working out any frustration with rigorous exercise and 2) writing it down. Just getting whatever is bothering me off my chest and taking a few minutes for myself makes all the difference.
Now this is going to sounds silly, but the notebook or journal that I write in makes all the difference as to how much I like to write and how it makes me feel when I do it. Paper quality is a huge thing. No one likes to write on rough paper that makes the process even more difficult than it needs to be – because if you’re like me, I can’t seem to write fast enough sometimes. I need smooth paper for quick pen action.
Another thing is if the paper has lines on the page versus a plain sheet. If the lines are spaced too far apart of too close together, I have no desire to read write on that kind of page. The page color, the pocket in the back for storing small moments and even the cover changes the way that I write and the inspiration can be gone in a second if I don’t like my notebook.
My favorite notebook in a long time has smooth plain pages, perfect for sketches, notes and a nice big pocket on the back cover. It even has a nice elastic band for keeping the pages together when the additional pieces of paper get too much for the spine. Recently, it’s been something like these notebooks:
I love the diversity of locations that people take these notebooks and that the can inspire so much creativity. They say that Hemingway used these notebooks when penning his latest work. This video inspires me to go somewhere new and note my observations. Perhaps the whole point of Moleskine notebooks?
What inspires you to get your stresses out?