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.
Everyone pulled all-nighters when they were younger. Writers often attempt to do the same. When inspiration strikes, you lose track of time. But sleep's valuable - and wasting it comes with a price.
If you're a writer, we've already covered the importance of regular exercise to stay healthy. It's an integral part of your routine. For people like me, seeing results from that work makes you feel good. And seeing nothing? Yeah - makes you wonder, "What's the point?"
I've spent so much time in physical therapy, everyone in the building knows me. While I'm the first to opt for PT over other options, I still loathe every minute I'm there. I can't deny that (most of the time), it gets the job done. Doesn't mean I won't curse the entire time.
Much as I hate to admit it, that recommendation of drinking at least 64 oz. of water a day is actually important. While it might seem impossible to accomplish as a writer, it's easier than you think, especially if you make some preparation.
Times might be awkward right now, but there are still options out there for exercising. Yes, I can hear you groaning, but taking time out to exercise DOES benefit the writer. How? It's time your mind is left unfettered and free to WORK! Your body goes on autopilot, leaving your brain the chance to get through knots in your writing, develop scenes, create characters, whatever you need!
Meal planning may be a big fad, but it's also a big pain and kind of boring. Still, there is a way to meal plan that isn't too taxing and will still let you eat properly so you can get back to writing.