NaNoWriMo Day 17: Stress Relief: Advice From a Teenager, from Sofia (13)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Let’s pretend taking advice from a thirteen-year-old is a good idea.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

At least, that’s what I tell myself. But no matter how many witty sayings and clever puns I force into my mind, a few questions keep popping up. Like, for example, where do the tough go that makes them so tough? How do they get there? Can I go?

I may not be the toughest of people, but I don’t consider myself spineless, either. So, to aid in my toughness, I have drafted up a list of ways to get through even the harshest of times. You guys ready? Here goes!

·       MUSIC. This is the key to surviving anything! Horrid breakup? Listen to music. Lost library book? Listen to music. Zombie apocalypse? You guessed it—listen to music!
·       DISTRACTIONS. If you’re one of those people with an intense, uber-mega-focused mind, this may not come as naturally, but it works—trust me! Read a book, do a sudoku, call up a friend, just do something besides whatever you’re stressed about. This will only relieve stress if you can completely forget about the source of the pressure.
·       EXERCISE. Exercise releases endorphins—a feel-good chemical—in your brain. Endorphins cause us to feel less pain and stress, and can be released by eating certain foods, like chocolate and chili peppers. However, it’s generally agreed that exercise is healthier than chocolate.

Okay, that’s all the tips I have for today. Waitaminute—if you’re really stressed, why are you hanging around reading blog posts about relieving stress? Go! Listen to music, exercise, and get distracted!

Oh, by the way, the whole NaNoWriMo thing? It’s going great! I was behind for a few days because I didn’t write on the weekend, but today I finally caught up to my planned word count. Score one for Sofia! Whoo-hoo!

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