I’m terrible at maintaining balance. I seem to get sick every time I go on vacation, and I suspect that I’m so busy that I neglect to pay enough attention to my body. When I finally get a chance to rest, what little has been holding it together finally unravels. I need to take better care of myself. I’d like to be writing the rest of my life, and that means, trying to be healthy enough to keep going.
Writing comes with its occupational hazards as well. Ideas can interrupt your sleep (I can’t remember the last time I slept soundly), it’s sedentary, there’s a risk of repetitive stress injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, bad backs, failing eyesight…
But there are also measures of prevention we can take:
1) Get a standing desk, or a bosu ball instead of a chair, to engage the core and encourage better posture.
2) Make sure your computer setup is ergonomic.
3) Adjust the screen contrast on your monitor to a comfortable level
4) Stretch and take regular breaks from writing, to rest your eyes, and loosen your body
5) Try meditation (I’m so terrible at it. I can’t go longer than 2 minutes, but it does help me feel rested)
6) Take time to wind down before bed.
7) Listen to your body. Know how much you can handle stress wise, physically and mentally.
8) Some days you just need a break. You shouldn’t feel guilty about relaxing (Working on this one..)
9) Eat well, get out and exercise.
10) Learn to say no. You can’t do everything, and stay sane. Prioritize.
And there are some days when writing feels like slogging through mud. Sometimes that means that the well of creativity needs to be refilled: read a book, draw, sing, dance, write a program, paint, sew, create a webpage, watch a movie, take a nap… you can’t create if there’s nothing to draw from.
Take care of yourselves folks!
Did that even make sense? Still foggy in the head from the flu, and yes, busy, but otherwise in a good mood.