Writer Self-Care

We all need to take care of ourselves. I want to say writers especially need to take care of themselves because they’re oftentimes sitting down for hours, or delving into different emotions and mental states of characters, or undergoing some difficulties within their own minds and therefore are having trouble with their craft.

I’ve not been feeling very good for a while. I know my diet needs to change–too much sugar–and I can’t remember the last time I went to the gym. I’m tired and feel this weight on my body that I’m certain comes from not making healthy lifestyle choices.

If I were to feel better, it’s a safe bet that I’d also work better. I’d be able to focus, to maintain a more positive outlook that would hopefully combat self-doubt and writer’s block. I wouldn’t be as tired all the time, so when I got home after 5:30, I’d be able to function rather than just collapse on the couch, eat dinner, and watch Netflix with my family.

What’s difficult about beginning a change for better health is that I don’t necessarily have the energy to make the change. If it takes energy to change in order to get more energy… You see where I’m going with this? And if energy’s not the problem, then there’s always the lack of time. I can usually find a couple excuses for why I haven’t done what I need to for a better me.

So enough of the excuses. Here is a list of some of the options that I have:

  • Go to bed at a decent hour
  • Set my alarm for a little earlier than I have to. Give myself some time in the morning to get ready, to eat a good breakfast, and to sit down for at least a few minutes before I have to go to work
  • Keep a bottle of water with me at all times. Drink from it. Stay hydrated!
  • And peeing is good for me, so don’t hold it.  Go to the bathroom when possible
  • Make sure I get up and walk around if I’m spending a long time sitting down. Stretch. Try some yoga. Go for a walk
  • Make a list of healthy snacks. Chocolate’s great for the taste buds, but it’s never made me feel great as a whole. Choose a better snack and treat myself throughout the day
  • Stay. Away. From. Soda. The occasional one doesn’t hurt, but I shouldn’t be having one every day
  • Pack my gym bag with me so that I can drive to the gym straight from work. Once I’m home for the evening, I want to stay home. If I just immediately take myself to the gym, I won’t have the couch tempting me
  • Exercise doesn’t mean I have to go to the gym. When it gets warmer, I can start using the path near my house to do some cardio plus get the fresh air
  • Plan better lunches. I can find healthy options and prep them for the week. I don’t have to rely on the microwavable frozen meals
  • I have a planner. I need to use it more to help me keep track of my days and organize myself. I don’t have to schedule out every moment, but I can at least mark down when I have gym days, when I want to spend a half hour writing, when I want to see friends, etc.
  • Start small! I don’t have to change up my entire week right off the bat. I can start with changing up my Monday and then go from there
  • Try meditation. I could probably do it in the morning if I give myself enough time to get ready and eat
  • Quit playing on my phone so much. It can be such a time waster, and half the time, I don’t get anything out of it. It’s just something to do when I could be doing so many other things
  • Rest my eyes if I notice I’ve been staring at screens and words for too long. Give myself something else to look at, or close them for a while if they feel strained
  • If I’m feeling uncomfortable or anxious, unable to relax, taking a hot shower helps me
  • Physical messes creates a static in my head. I need to keep the rooms I stay in organized so that I don’t feel stressed about the space


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