Lately, I’ve been suffering from a case of panic-itis. Now there are two ways I can handle this topic:
- The Professional Way, “Five Simple Ways to Fight off Panic-itis,” or
- The Gutsy Way, “Say it like it is.”
Which one would you like to hear? Well, tough! Today you won’t get the professional way. My head feels like taking the easy route.
So what’s going on? What are the symptoms of panic-itis?
- A night with blog topics floating around my mind. Which one to pick? Thankfully one popped out.
- 684 e-mails in my inbox. (Oops. I should perhaps not have revealed this, but don’t worry, I’ve taken care of all of them.)
- Researching improvements I would like to make with my blog in the future.
- Panic-itis over perfecting my final query letter to submit to agents. It has to be ready before my kids come home in two weeks.
- A book proposal? How about a business and marketing plan? That’s easier for me to write.
- Wondering how I can get 2,000 subscribers so I can impress a future agent and publisher. Now wouldn’t that be super. I’d be grateful if you would like to subscribe thus helping me promote GutsyWriter.
- Panic-itis on how to use Twitter effectively. Great advice from GetintheHotSpot.
Now it’s time for the sun to come out and shine on Miss Footloose for being the featured success story on the Expat blogger website. Many of my blogger friends know her blog: Life in the Expat Lane. She is a brilliant writer and her stories always make me laugh.This is where I go when I want to get rid of my panic-itis.
What about you? Are you suffering from panic-itis?
I think you are probably all better now that you got it all out! Doesn't it feel good? Peace.
Thanks for telling us like it is! I really empathize. When I let my self-care routine slip and begin to overwork, the old Panic-itis can easily slip in. I hope getting it out has helped to take the edge off and dissolve it for you.
It does feel good. I can know focus on work-itis.
I need to spend time absorbing your good advice, whenever Panic-itis comes uninvited.
You are funny! Glad you are feeling better!!
Robert the Skeptic says
I thrive on panic. I wouldn't get anything done otherwise.
No panic-itis for me, but then I am not pursuing anything very ambitious right now. I do admire your ambition and I think your determination will carry you through. Prioritize, continue to vent and take care of yourself.
Bears don't panic; we just go to sleep and wake up when the panic has sorted itself out.
I even blogged about that. Hmmm. . . . Now where was that? Oh, yes! Bear on the Bridge. How silly of me to have forgotten.
Sounds to me like Sonia needs a nice bottle of wine! I don't panic too much anymore, once in a while. But I've learned the hard way (2 Strokes) that it doesn't help. So I just try to remember to do my best and leave the rest to God! Love Di ♥
The best cure for panic-itis is to do what you've done: tell someone about it because once you've brought your worries to light, they often seem smaller.
Patricia Stoltey says
I don't panic so much anymore. Even when I overload my schedule, I plod along like an old workhorse, ticking things of my To Do list one by one. Maybe I'm just too tired to get wound up over anything. 🙂
Miss Footloose says
I feel like you at times, having the same concerns about writing and finding a publisher for my book. When I suffer through an attack of panic-itis I take a deep breath and swallow a dose of perspective. I ask myself:
Will I remember this next year? Or: What if the house burned down tomorrow, would I still care about this?
This usually does the trick. Until the next time,of course 😉 Wine helps too.
Thank you for giving my blog a boost. I live to entertain, and if I give people laughs, I am happy. Of course finding an agent and/or a publisher for my book would make me even happier 😉
Yes, I am . Thanks again.
What are you going to do when you retire then?
You really are kind and your words mean a lot to mean. Thanks, Jeanie.
LZ Blogger says
I don't think I've panicked in at least a couple of hours! ~ jb///
I like the idea of sleeping until the panic is over. I couldn't link to Bear on the Bridge.
I think your comment about the strokes and after reading your post on that, makes me realize it's not worth it. Thanks Diana.
Thanks for listening.
You've got it right. You do everything one step at a time.
Thanks for putting things into perspective. I want you to get your book published. I love your writing. You deserve it.
I'm an avid Twitter user, and I have strong beliefs about how to use it properly, especially if you've got a book, or your business connected to it. I only follow people back if they bring themselves into their tweets, as opposed to advertising their wares.
I'd like to humbly suggest following this Danish writer living in the States on Twitter: http://twitter.com/danish_novelist
He's humorous, he tweets about his book, but not too much, he engages in conversation with his followers. He's got a good balance going, in my opinion 🙂
Phivos Nicolaides says
Don't panic, never! Stay cool.
Lynn MacDonald says
I have a similar problem!!! All my ideas come in bed but before I can pick one out, I FORGET THEM ALL. Let me know when you figure out the 2000 follower thing.
Good advice regarding Twitter. Thanks for the Danish novelist. Found him funny and entertaining.
I'll stay cool, especially when we have the weather is getting frosty in California.
Don't worry. I shall let you know.
Madame DeFarge says
I am probably suffering from it too. Making lists for Christmas presents, worrying about what to pack for our holidays, wondering what to do for difficult life choices, wishing I could turn the clock back and wondering how I can do it all before bedtime.
Donna B says
You are so DRIVEN and AMBITIOUS, so I think it goes with your territory.
I want to have a Christmas where it is all about family and less focus on gifts. If I can't make something, I will write a letter to each person letting them know how much their presence in my life means.
We travel to CA and every year I have four different bags of gifts for the four different houses we go to to celebrate Christmas and be with family. It is exhausting.
This year, we decided to do something different. We agreed to focus on the family. Right now, getting there safely and enjoying the family is all I plan on focusing upon until next year.
I am prone to panic and I refuse to "go there" this year.