The Night Before: A Lesson in Stress

Bamboo forest with soft rain falling–a rare, zen moment

A few weeks ago, I was stressed out. More stressed out than usual. My debut novel had just been released, I was anxiously awaiting my weekend launch party, and I was chauffeuring family who were in town. It was the night before the launch. I wanted to go to bed early, to sleep, but my mind was racing, my heart was pounding. Sleep was not a solution. Without voicing any of this, my husband turned on a movie. He didn’t ask, just pushed play. The movie ended up being L.A. Confidential, which is my favorite, favorite (tied with Amelie). We watched the whole film, and as the credits rolled, I felt better. Calm. Refreshed. Inspired. Watching a piece of work that I admire had a profound effect on my mind, body, and spirit and I was able to sleep soundly in preparation for the big day.

I’m trying to incorporate more meditation and yoga into my life, I think that will help my anxiety as well. But from now on, when I have a big event coming up, I’m going to make an effort to watch a movie, listen to an album, or watch a specific episode of TV that inspires me as an artist.


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