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  • Alix Kunkle: When you're all stressed out, do what you love

  • Some of us get stressed out easier than others. As I'm writing this column, I'm stressed out a bit. And I'd be willing to bet that, when you're reading this piece, you're probably stressed out about something, too.

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  • We all get stressed out about everything from how work is going to how a friend's date went last week.
    Some of us get stressed out easier than others. As I'm writing this column, I'm stressed out a bit. And I'd be willing to bet that, when you're reading this piece, you're probably stressed out about something, too.
    Getting stressed out is inevitable. If anyone knows of a way to prevent getting stressed out, let me know. But when I do get stressed out, I've found that writing helps me feel better. Yes, I know that sounds crazy. The one thing that usually stresses me out also soothes me.
    But writing about what's stressing me out actually de-stresses me. Sometimes it will be exactly what happened, and other times, I'll use my creative license to make it more dramatic. If you don't know what a creative license is, you probably don't have one.
    I write fiction in my spare time. So I'll use those same events and incorporate them into my writings. Sometimes, those same stressful events help me bridge a gap in my works when I hit a dead end. There are even times where it'll take my plots on another direction.
    But I digress. Writing helps clear my mind, whether it's fiction or non-fiction. It helps me go to bed at night with a clear mind, and that's all one can ever ask for.
    Now, I'm not advocating that everyone go out and start writing everything that happens to them. Writing isn't for everyone. I know plenty of people who wouldn't write a 500-word piece even if they were paid a million bucks for it. But everyone has something they enjoy. For some people, it's math. Others, it's gardening.
    But doing something is a lot more constructive than sitting around and complaining, or even worse, trying to harm someone else because of your stress. We all wish things like that didn't happen but, unfortunately, it does.
    I've quit complaining how stressed out I can be sometimes. Complaining gets me nowhere. Some people find that venting calms them down. Venting doesn't work well for me. Usually that's because I end up yelling and getting even more aggravated than I was in the first place. But for me, writing works.
    I feel a little better now, just putting this out there. I'm sure I'll feel much better with a keyboard and a cold beverage later tonight. Because there's never something I won't write about in order to help get rid of my stress.
    Alix Kunkle is the News Editor of the Leesville (La.) Daily Leader. You may contact him at news@leesvilledailyleader.com.
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