Writing is one of those professions/pastimes which can easily catch you sitting for long periods of time, staring at a computer screen, chugging coffee or losing sleep. Generally speaking, doing things that are not all that good for you.
That’s not to say it has to be that way. There are lots of small, easy things we can do to make sure we are taking care of ourselves while we crank out those words. Here are a few things I have found to be helpful.
—Drink lots of water: Try it with some lemon squeezed in for extra health benefits.
—Stretch: As little as five minutes makes all the difference in the world.
—Proper posture: Wrong posture does terrible things to your body. ‘Nough said.
—Take breaks: Try for at least once an hour.
—Unnplug: Take time to do something entirely different, don’t even think about your writing.
—Know your limits: Learn to stop when your body says stop. It is better to stop a little earlier and do something else than to beat a dead horse and accomplish nothing but frustrating yourself.
—Take an internet/electronics break: Get away from the screens, the social media, and do something real.
—Get lots of sleep: Everything works better and faster when you are well rested.
—Find an active pastime: Running, biking, skiing, dancing—it could be anything.
—Change up where you write: Buy a standing desk. Write in a notebook. I know someone writing on a typewriter right now. Find ways to keep writing without staying in front of a screen or sitting down the whole time.
What do you do to stay healthy? Are there any important tips I didn’t mention?