101 Coping Skills for Writers With or Without Mental Illness


  1. Start every day with a shower to feel more productive. 
  2. Exercise at least once a week.
  3. Change your desktop background picture. 
  4. Organize your personal computer’s files. 
  5. Eat a balanced diet. 
  6. Read an old book. 
  7. Watch your favorite TV show. 
  8. Watch your favorite movie.
  9. Watch a movie about writing. 
  10. Play video/computer games.
  11. Meet with an old friend.
  12. Listen to your favorite songs.
  13. Get a facial.
  14. Get a massage.
  15. Get a haircut.
  16. Plant some seeds.
  17. Write simple poetry.
  18. Watch Inspirational Ted Talks.
  19. Seek a therapist if you think or feel that you need one. 
  20. Buy a new book.
  21. Draw something. 
  22. Cry to release emotional tension.
  23. Play a musical instrument.
  24. Sing. 
  25. Get a fake tattoo.
  26. If you’re on any medications…. always remember to take them regularly. 
  27. Take a nap when you’re tired.
  28. Use FluxFlux to decrease your computer’s blue light at night so that you can sleep more comfortably at night.
  29. Pray.
  30. Find somebody to love forever.
  31. Know yourself more by taking The 16 Personalities Test
  32. Listen to new songs/artists. 
  33. Listen to someone else’s problems in life and sympathize with them. 
  34. List all your tasks for the day using Remember The Milk
  35. Be more efficient with your time using The Pomodoro Technique
  36. List down all your short-term goals and long-term goals in a notebook. 
  37. Join online discussions.
  38. Start a Goodreads account to track your reading progress and discover new books.
  39. Drink coffee.
  40. Drink lots of water.
  41. Buy a new coffee mug.
  42. Shop for new clothes.
  43. Shop for new pants.
  44. Shop for new shoes.
  45. Shop for new accessories.
  46. Shop for new undergarments.
  47. Shop for new house appliances. 
  48. Shop for new house furniture.
  49. Shop for anything you want under the sun.
  50. Save money.
  51. Rearrange your work place’s furniture. 
  52. Play with your pet.
  53. Clean your room or someone else’s room.
  54. Do nothing and just space out and think about the reason for human existence.
  55. Study the sky.
  56. Study the stars.
  57. Study the sun.
  58. Study the moon.
  59. Create a Twitter account.
  60. Create a Tumblr account.
  61. Create an Instagram account. 
  62. Save more time by using RescueTime and see the time you spent being unproductive on social media vs. being productive with time unspent on social media. 
  63. Use the world’s best writing tool Grammarly…. Get one-week free premium by using my free referral: http://gram.ly/rR5h 
  64. Watch funny videos on Youtube.
  65. Learn something new by taking an online course at Coursera
  66. Yoga.
  67. List the things you love about yourself. 
  68. List your gifts, talents, and skills.
  69. List the things you’re thankful for in your life.
  70. Think about self-publishing a book on Createspace via print by demand.
  71. Visit someone you care about and hug them by surprise. 
  72. Create a listopia. 
  73. Go to the beach.
  74. Go mountain climbing.
  75. Or just simply explore this world.
  76. Think of the things you always wanted to do and do them.
  77. Seek a support group if you think you have mental health problems like Clinical depression, Bipolar Disorder, Suicidal Tendencies, and so much more.
  78. Compliment someone for no reason.
  79. Smile at someone for no reason.
  80. Do an act of random kindness for no reason.
  81. Go to Church again.
  82. Call to Deliver Pizza. 
  83. Put band-aids on places you want to hurt yourself. 
  84. Call your local suicide hotline if you want to kill yourself.
  85. Know that your existence means a lot to the people who loves you and cares about you.
  86. Take a writing course online.
  87. Take a writing course offline.
  88. Do your makeup if you don’t feel beautiful but darling you are.
  89. Kiss someone somewhere they’ve never been kissed before.
  90. Visit your dentist for a regular teeth check-up.
  91. Have a blood test to see how your body is doing because health is wealth.
  92. Dance.
  93. Dance in the rain.
  94. Watch inspirational videos on Youtube about writing.
  95. Practice meditation.
  96. Try some aromatherapy. 
  97. Revisit old places to activate Nostalgia. 
  98. Tell you’re sorry to someone you’ve done wrong in the past.
  99. Forgive.
  100. Love.
  101. Live. 

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