Be at your best when you write

Posted: February 5, 2014 in Writing Advice
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Redefining Body Image offers 55 tips to take care of yourself when you are busy writing, working, or just doing day-to-day living. As a writer, you want to be at your physical, mental, and emotional best so you can create quality content quickly. This means doing the opposite of all the stereotypical writer vices such as smoking and drinking and illicit drugs. If you keep odd writing hours, at least make sure you get enough sleep to be at your peak performance. Don’t stay stuck in your writing position for too long. Get up;  move around; spend time with a friend; go for a walk; cook dinner, or do a load of laundry. Your writing brain will thank you for it.

Here is a list of my top 5 favorite healthy suggestions from Redefining Body Image

1. Take 5 minutes in the morning to just stretch and breathe

If you start your day in a stressful way, you’ll probably feel stressed for the rest of the day as well. Make sure your morning starts with 5 minutes of silence and ease. Stand up and stretch your body to make you as tall as you can be. Then bend over and touch the ground. Stretch again. Try to just feel your body and pay attention to your breath. Starting the day in a way like this will make you more relaxed as well.

2. Make a plan of everything that needs to be done

Instead of juggling all your to-do’s and must-remember’s, write them down on a piece of paper. Then make a plan of how you are going to manage everything before your deadline. You may have to schedule a lot of tasks on certain days, and it may seem like too much to do, but at least you’ll know that everything will get done. Make sure you stick to the plan, every single day. Don’t fall for the temptation to start on tomorrow’s tasks today, trust that the plan will take you there, and enjoy some free time on the days when you finish your tasks early.

3. Do something silly

Don’t forget to have fun! Who said you can’t laugh, even though you’re busy! Make jokes, engage with you co-workers, read comics and just allow yourself to be silly for a little while. I promise it will boost your mood, your co-workers’ moods and a little laughter every day will help you through a really challenging time.

4. Keep a tidy workspace, but accept a little clutter and mess.

A tidy workspace will make you more focused, relaxed and less overwhelmed. But if you fail to clean your apartment/house for one week, just let it be. Some dust and a little dirt has never hurt anyone. Focus on what’s important to you, and you can always clean up the mess later. Just don’t go around and feel bad about it on top of everything else!

5. Accept yourself as you are

Let yourself off the hook and accept that you are only human. You are doing your absolute best, and you are doing exactly what you need to do. Trust your instincts and keep doing whatever you’re doing. You don’t need to change anything about yourself – trust that you are perfect just the way you are.

  1. Harliqueen says:

    Great post and really good tips 🙂

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