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Contemplating Insanity? Tip 5. Laugh

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The following is an excerpt from my e-book Tips for Those Contemplating Insanity – 15 Tips for Bringing Yourself Back from the Brink. Download your own free copy now.

Laughter really is the best medicine. It eases tension, increases our intake of oxygen and releases feel-good chemicals in the brain.

When you’re contemplating insanity, you’re least likely to feel like laughing, so you need to actively search for funny situations.

Watch a Funny Movie

  • If you like sci-fi, try Galaxy Quest or Men in Black.
  • More of a historical romance buff? Watch The Princess Bride or Kate and Leopold.
  • Got to please the kiddies? Pixar movies are just as entertaining for adults.

Read Funny Quotes or Books

Our suggestions are:

But that’s just the beginning. There are plenty more where they came from!

A Note from Creativity: Don’t Stop There!

Why not keep a record of all your family’s classic moments in a journal or scrapbook so you can look back over them together and laugh?

If you enjoyed this excerpt, click here for your own free copy of the whole PDF.

P.S. My next post will be about the first chapter of The Myths of Innovation. Read the chapter for yourself and then share in the discussion!

P.P.S. Have a look at these earlier posts: Declare Your Novel, NaNo WriMo Highlights 1, NaNo WriMo Highlights 2 and NaNo WriMo Highlights 4. There’s recently been some great writing added in the comments.



Releasing Tips for Those Contemplating Insanity!

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The day is finally here! Tips for Those Contemplating Insanity is now available for download!

All you have to do is follow this link to download it for yourself!

First, I’ll tell you about the e-book, then I’ll explain more about what you can expect in our upcoming newsletters.

Tips for Those Contemplating Insanity

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If you have ever felt like screaming the words, ‘Stop the world, I want to get off!’ then this e-book is for you.

It covers 15 helpful tips on how to bring yourself back from the brink of insanity. Each tip is practical and easy to try, with humour and fun thrown in for good measure.

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For those of you who received prerelease copies, we have some updates. Thanks to your wonderful feedback, I’ve added two extra tips and lots of new information. I also made some layout changes so the book looks less formal.

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To download your copy of Tips for Those Contemplating Insanity, click here to download now.

If you’d like to be kept up to date with all the information on what we’re working on next, why not sign up to our mailing list?

Next week we start on the first chapter of The Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun. I’ll be posting my thoughts on the first chapter. I’d love to hear yours!


Read ‘The Myths of Innovation’ With Me!

Cover of Tips for Those Contemplating InsanityI’ve got two announcements to make.

The first is about my e-book ‘Tips for Those Contemplating Insanity.’

After the e-book giveaway in December, some of my readers came back with suggestions on how I could make the e-book better. With those in mind I spent a couple more weeks reworking it. I’m very happy with the results and I can’t wait to share then with you!

My plan is to release the book next week. If you would be interested in participating in the release, please let me know either by e-mail or in the comments below.

I’m already working on my next e-book which will be a guide to becoming a guilt- and stress-free writer. Exciting stuff!

Now, for my second announcement.

Cover of The Myths of Innovation by Scott BerkunI’ve started reading The Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun. It is a brilliant book. There are so many great points in it that a book review in a single post just wouldn’t do it justice. So I’m proposing a project we can all do together.

I plan to post my thoughts on the book every week, dealing with a chapter at a time. I encourage you to get yourself a copy and read along. I’d love to discuss it with you in the comments!

The book is only $8.99 for the Kindle version and $12.23 for the paperback on Amazon (non-affiliate links).

I plan to start not next week but the week after. It’s going to be great fun, so come along for the ride!

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Contemplating Insanity? Tip 3. Find a Little Solitude

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The following post is an excerpt from my e-book entitled Tips for Those Contemplating Insanity. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and suggestions!

Alone time, otherwise known as Me Time, is essential for good mental health. It gives you the mental space to work through situations, regroup and prepare to jump back into the fray.

Find a place to be alone.

  • Curl up in a corner with a book
  • Take a bath
  • Go for a walk
  • Sit in a coffee shop
  • Drive to a park

Do something unhurried in a situation where you can hear yourself think. Take deep breaths. Allow your mind to wander uninterrupted.

Too Much of a Good Thing

There is such a thing as ‘too much alone time.’ You can always do these things with a friend. And don’t forget Tip 12. Hug a Loved One.

Would You Like a Copy of the E-book?

My e-book will be officially launched in January but this week only I’m giving away personalised copies of the e-book to those who participate in the Creativity’s Workshop survey. For more information, see Sunday’s post. Don’t miss out!

P.S. There are still some people who have participated in the survey but not commented on Sunday’s post to let me know. The survey is anonymous so I can’t send out the e-book unless you comment. Thanks to everyone who has participated so far!


2 Year Milestone: A Survey and Giveaway!

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It was on this day two years ago that I posted my very first article on this blog. It was entitled The Need for Creativity.

Since then I’ve had a wonderful ride, and a couple of bumps along the way (including a hiatus earlier this year for health and wedding reasons).

I have made some wonderful friends through this blog, and look forward to making many more as my journey continues.

I want to thank you for reading my posts and commenting. Your time and attention is very precious. I appreciate you spending some of it on my blog.

I’ve got some exciting improvements in the pipeline, some of which I’ve already mentioned.

One improvement I’m toying with is the addition of a Resources section to my site, where I’ll collect together links to some of my favourite blogs and articles. I plan to group them according to subject (motivation, collecting ideas, writing drafts, editing, publishing tips etc.). If you have any thoughts or ideas about this, please let me know.

The Giveaway!

My e-book (Tips for Those Contemplating Insanity) is almost finished and for this coming week I’m giving away personalized pre-release copies of my e-book to those who participate in one of the two options below. (Once released, the e-book will be free, but in this giveaway you’ll get an advanced copy with your name and a message on it – just for you!)

My goal is to continue creating content which you find useful and entertaining. Your feedback is very important so please take a moment to do one (or both) of the following:

  • Leave a comment. Is there a post you’ve particularly enjoyed? What sort of things would you like to see more of on this blog?
  • Take this quick survey. (9 questions, all optional.)

Each person who comments and/or completes the survey, will receive an e-mail from me containing their personalized e-book. (Please comment below to let you know you’ve completed the survey as it is anonymous.)

I’m open to your suggestions. Your comments help me to improve.

And thank you again for reading.

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Contemplating Insanity? Tips 1 and 2. Get Yourself Some Comfort Food and Sunshine

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The following post is an excerpt from the e-book entitled Tips for Those Contemplating Insanity. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and suggestions!


It’s amazing how much rosier a day looks after a good meal. Food provides comfort, nourishment and sugar!

Here’s a quick checklist:

  • Make sure you’re eating well – Eat nutritious meals at regular times. (I’ve had whole days go wrong just because I messed up breakfast.)
  • Spoil yourself from time to time – Give yourself a treat (not enough to alarm the conscience, just enough to remind you of the joys of food).
  • Try some good ol’ home cooking – Cooking can be therapeutic. Clear the kitchen counter, pull out your favourite recipe and get creative!
  • Take comfort from your food – Choose dishes that will give relief from your current environment. If the weather’s hot, try a long, cool glass of lemonade and a scoop of sorbet. If the weather’s cold, try a nice warm mug of hot chocolate and a dollop of pudding.
  • Savour – Whenever possible, sit down and just concentrate on eating. Avoid rushing and stressing during your meal. Enjoy the colours, flavours and smells.
 A Tip to Remember

Sometimes food can influence us for the worse. If your times of insanity follow certain meals, try varying dishes and ingredients to see if there’s any difference.


The outdoors (on a good day) also does wonders for your frame of mind. Fresh air is good for the lungs, vitamin D is good for the body and sunlight improves mood.

So if you spot some sunshine, get out and lap it up. Better still, take your snack and drink outside. (Just be careful of UV rays. Perhaps best to try this before 10 am and after 4 pm or sit in the shade.)


For Those Days When You’re Contemplating Insanity

A woman screaming in frustrationHave you ever had one of those days, or weeks, or months where everything is so overwhelming that you think…you…might…just…be…going…insane?

  • There isn’t enough time, or energy or mental space to do everything you need to do?
  • Dust bunnies are amassing their forces under the sofa and television cabinet, ready for an invasion, and you don’t have the ability to retaliate?
  • Your family members ask the same questions every time they pass: “Have you seen my…?” “Have you looked at … yet?” “Did you do the … I asked you to do the other day?”
  • Small things like a lost button, burning your finger on the stove or a cross word from someone feels like the inevitable straw that broke the camel’s back?
  • You stand there, feeling as if you’re teetering on the edge of insanity, wondering what on earth to do now?

I’ll wager just about all of us have been there at one time or another. Our busy lives are crammed full of things we must do, and not enough quiet moments where we can recuperate.

With this in mind, I am working on an e-book entitled “Tips for Those Contemplating Insanity.”

I must point out that it will not be a book for diagnosing or treating serious mental illness, but rather a collection of tips for those of us who have had a tough week and need some suggestions on how to recover. I want it to be both a practical book and a bit of eye candy to help with relaxation.

Over the last four years I’ve been through some really tough health problems as well as emotional ups and downs. Naturally, sometimes I’ve found myself in situations where everything has fallen in a heap and I didn’t know what to do next. I knew that I’d keep muddling through and eventually things would pick up through hard work, perseverance and positive thinking – but I needed something in the mean time, something to tide me over the dark spell so I could meet the next hour or next day with a little more bounce in my step.

With that in mind I started making notes on the subject in my journal, and now I’m compiling them into an e-book which I’d like to share with you.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be including some suggestions from my new e-book in blog posts. I would really appreciate your feedback and suggestions – and perhaps a little encouragement to finish it! (There’s nothing like announcing your new project to the world to force you into completion.)


P.S. Don’t forget National Novel Writing Month (NaNo WriMo) starts November 1st. That’s just 36 days! Have you given any thought to what you’re going to write?