At some point in your life, you'll end up flying. And odds are you WON'T be going first-class. So how are you going to cope with that less-than-stellar accommodation and still keep your writing brain from imploding?
Wearables have taken over most aspects of our lives. And while you probably use one to stay connected to your messages, have you considered how it can help your writing health? Or even your writing itself?
You probably schedule your day. Even if it's nothing more than Wake, Write, Eat, Sleep, Repeat. But your writing brain can quickly start to burn out. And naps are the perfect way to reset and preserve your creative energy.
Everyone's heard the mantra (is it a mantra?) of needing to meditate more. The time out is supposed to balance your brain and body. But what about the benefits meditation can offer your writing brain? Food for thought!
Yes, the stereotypical image of writers involves a stately hump. Those authors also tended to die young. Or at least suffer horrible physical impairments. Take it from someone who battles her body on a daily basis: You need to MOVE as you exercise your craft. Stretching breaks are the easiest way to accomplish that movement.
Writers spend A LOT of time at keyboards. Hours. Days. Weeks. MONTHS. It adds up. And the toll? Your wrists, spine, and neck (among other things). If you haven't discovered the wonderful world of ergonomics, you're missing out - and heading for a world of HURT.
One of the biggest struggles people face is getting enough rest. Without enough time in deep and REM sleep, you end up lethargic and exhausted day after day. And if you're sleep hygiene's out of control, those blissful hours or dreaming will continue to elude you.
If you're writing, you spend HOURS staring at a computer screen. And that work takes a toll on your body. You might think about various ergonomic solutions. But you probably forget about your eyes. And you WILL pay for it down the road if you leave out this handy switch.
Self-care's become a hot topic recently. And you'll see plenty of ideas on how to pamper yourself. But most of those plans? Don't always work for everyone. What people forget is that taking time out for yourself doesn't fall into any one pattern.
Who doesn't hate the dreaded four-letter word "diet?" It immediately conjures images of deprivation and sadness. Which is why no one ever sticks to any diet for a considerable length of time. For good reasons. Diets don't work! So why in the world am I mentioning them? Because there's a teeny-tiny bit of logic to the word.