I find this time of year is particularly crazy as the festive season ramps up in the big build up to Christmas. In spite of all the labour saving devices, I think it is harder and harder for women to find time for themselves with the demands of work and family life. I don't know about you, but I crave time alone so I can walk and think. It doesn't mean I don't love my family and friends and want to spend time with them- I just need time alone every now and again to rebalance myself.
Time to think is so important for a writer but it is also important for lots of non-writers. When we are constantly bombarded with information and tasks and other people's demands it is almost impossible to think clearly and logically.
So here is what I do when I need some time to think. I take myself off to a beach or the bush for a walk where the combination of water, wind and fresh air seems to blow out the sticky cobwebs. I don't mind if it's windy or hot and sunny or freezing cold ( or a combination of all four since I live in Tasmania!) because it's being outdoors that really frees my mind. Although, as you can see from the photo below, I am rarely alone- I have three little walking companions that come with me!
I know not everyone lives near a beach or the bush, but even the act of closing your eyes and imagining yourself in a beautiful peaceful place can be enough. Or simply taking the time to watch the sunset or sunrise can be enormously calming. Here are two of my favourites from the east coast of Tasmania.
Pretty spectacular, huh?
What do you do to when you need thinking time? I would love to hear how you cope with this crazy time of year! I have a signed copy of my latest release Unwrapping His Convenient Fiancee ( all regions) for a reader who posts a comment.