I’ll admit it. I’ve been terrible about taking care of myself, and my recent bout of sickness was a wake up call. I’m convinced that if I had been a little less stressed, and a little less tired, I could have fought this off sooner. I’d put off vacation all year. Things kept coming up, the timing didn’t work for both of us, but these were excuses. I needed a vacation months ago and the moment I finally got a chance to rest, my body broke down. Don’t let it happen to you!
If I live to 100, I want to keep writing until I’m 100, and if I want to keep writing for a long time, here are a few things I need to change now.
Take regular vacations. Take breaks.
I need a day off from writing at least once a week. I need to stop obsessing. It’s not healthy to keep going at high speed all the time. My brain needs to recharge. I also need to stop putting off vacation time. My body needs to recharge too.
Optimize my computer setup.
Sitting at the desk all day for the day job, and then spending hours at night at the computer can take their toll. I’ve seen it in my fitness level, and around my gut! Back and neck pain are a danger. I’m considering setting up a standing desk at home. Why sit when I can stand and type? Maybe one day I’ll upgrade to a treadmill desk, but right now I don’t have the space.
I also need to make sure my writing setup is as ergonomic as possible.
Practice smart typing.
I noticed a pain in my right hand pinky finger a few weeks ago, and did a bit of experimentation. I discovered it was because of the excessive use of the backspace key. Instead of stretching my pinky finger, I now move my entire hand when I need to reach for the backspace. Just a simple thing like that fixed the pain. One of these days I may purchase an ergonomic keyboard.
I’ve become a lot more sedentary since the dance year came to an end in June. I need to remind myself to keep active. I need to walk to work more often (despite the rain). Maybe I should take up yoga? That would help with the stress too.
What do you do to stay healthy? Do you have any tips to share?