Friday, October 03, 2008

When You're In the Pressure Cooker

Okay, I won't lie. Despite my post earlier this week about trying to be zen about next week, I don't think I'm being particularly zen. This was pretty clear when I was up at 4am last night, trying desperately to fall back asleep but sensing that my brain wasn't going to allow it. So now, I'm just all about coping mechanisms. I've found that really, the only way to sap any stress from my body is via exercise, but even that isn't totally cutting the mustard right now. I got a massage earlier this week, and now...I'm wondering what else I should do. It seems like distraction might be a good tactic: maybe immerse myself in a movie or something so I actually forget about what's happening (my book is coming out!) next week.

So what do you guys do when you feel like you're about to spontaneously combust? I bet we could all learn a thing or two!

And with that, I'm off to shoot a tv spot for ToML - how cool, right? I can only hope that I don't appear as exhausted on screen as I am off! :)


Unknown said...

TV spot?? The hits just keep on coming!

When I'm worked up and tense, I stress-eat, but can't really recommend that in good conscience. :) If I need to zone out I like to watch DVDs of entire TV seasons, especially half-hour shows -- Sex and the City, How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development, Sports Night, NewsRadio -- anything brief and ridiculous that makes me say "oh, just one more episode" at the end of every 23 minutes. It's not Zen, but it's fun.

Sara Hantz said...

I'm an eater, too, in times of stress..... not a good look if the stress lasts too long!!

Anonymous said...

Allison - this comment isn't actually in response to your blog post, so I apologize for that, but I'm currently reading THE DEPARTMENT OF LOST AND FOUND and wanted to tell you how much I'm enjoying it. I write for Harper Collins, which is how I came across your book. Great writing.

Anonymous said...

I'm a movie-watcher. It really helps me disconnect when I've had a more than normal dose of the real world.

Good luck for the TV spot!

Allison Winn Scotch said...

Thank you, Toni!

And yes, a movie sounds just right for me right now. I think I'll cut out later this week for Rachel's Getting Married. Thanks guys!