Being a writer can take a toll on us, physically, emotionally and mentally. When we get engrossed in writing, it’s easy to forget to look after ourselves. So I’ve come up with three things I am going to try to do every day to take better care of myself…
3 Tips for Writer Wellbeing
Stretch. We all know sitting hunched over a computer is bad for our bodies. So I made a pact with myself – every hour I will stand up and stretch: touch my toes, do side bends, twirl my wrists, etc. Maybe I’ll even throw in a headstand to get the blood flowing back to my brain.
Learn. Our brain is a muscle that needs to be stretched too. Sure, there’s lots to learn about writing craft, but variety helps keep our minds spry. Some ideas: learn a new language, take music lessons, read nonfiction, enrol in a continuing ed course, visit a museum.
Recharge. I feel like I could write 12 hours a day and still never get enough writing done. In fact, as much as it goes against instinct, I often find less time at the computer makes my writing time more productive. That’s probably because doing other things is a way of recharging the creative brain battery. Examples: visit friends, travel, play sports, take a bath, see a movie, nap, whatever makes you feel refreshed.
2 Examples of Writer Wellbeing
Trampoline = My Happy Place. It’s like flying!
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My favourite way to stretch, learn and recharge at the same time is to travel! Check out this post on Writer Wanderlust for some of the places that have inspired me.
Space travel is life-enhancing, and anything that’s life-enhancing is worth doing. It makes you want to live forever.
— Ray Bradbury, Science Fiction Author
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