It’s officially fall and the autumn/winter craziness has begun for me. So, my concern as I move into this phase is maintaining my health—physical and mental. What does this have to do with writing? Everything.
One thing feeds into the other. The stresses of writing and editing deadlines impact your:
- Energy level,
- Sleep, and
When, when your energy level is low, your sleep pattern is disrupted, and your focus is compromised, how do you write? I don’t know about you, but when I’m tired, either physically or mentally, I can’t write. In fact, the last thing I want to do when I feel that way is write.
If this sounds like you, then you need to do what I need to do and take steps to stay healthy in both ways. Here’s my plan.
- Make sure to go to bed at the same time every night. If you set a “bed time,” you won’t deliberately deny yourself sleep. Even if you have insomnia, you will be at rest.
- Take time out each evening to just sit and do nothing. Watch TV, play with the cat, or just stare at the wall. It’s all good.
- Take time each day to do something physical. I walk up the stairs at my job from the first floor to the 12th. And at night, I put on my music and just dance by myself as many times a week as I can.
- Stay hydrated. Dehydration leads to fatigue, so drink plenty of fluids. Unfortunately, coffee doesn’t count. Neither does wine. Otherwise, I’d be set.
- Take vitamins/herbs regularly. But don’t just take anything. Put together a combination that’s right for your particular needs. I have a cocktail of anywhere from 7 to 10 herbs and vitamins that I take daily. I hate taking them but I find that when I don’t, my energy suffers.
Those are just the most basic things you can do, and I won’t lie—doing them regularly is a challenge for me. I get caught up in a million things and just forget, or I have to make decisions about what to spend my time on and the decisions are not always in my own best interest.
I’m on this quest for self-improvement. Who’s with me?