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Monday, June 9, 2014

Guest Post: How the Effects of Proper Health Affect Your Writing


Being a psycho author, I sit a LOT. I sit doing psychotherapy all day long, then I sit at the computer to write at night. Not great for the waistline, back/neck, or overall health!
That's why I thank guest blogger Rachael Cherry from Nanny Pro with this awesome advice to keep up your health as you write! Take it away, Rachael...

How the Effects of Proper Health Affect Your Writing


Being healthy is more than making sure your clothes continue to fit. Proper health affects every aspect of your being. From how you sleep at night to the foods you eat, it all contributes to keeping your body and mind clear. As a writer, you need that clarity of mind in order to continue being successful. It is this success that drives me to keep as active as I can while eating the best foods that promote physical and mental stability.

Sleep - Getting enough sleep plays a prominent role for any writer. You can't expect to sleep for three hours in any given night and be productive the next day. Your mind can feel like mush as you stare at the computer screen wondering what you were planning to write. Myself, I set the alarm clock on my phone to go off at 10 to signify when it's time to go to bed. The alarm is set for six in the morning to wake me up, but often times I am up before the alarm goes off anyway. This allows me to feel refreshed and well rested ready to face the challenges of the day.

Morning Activities - One of the first things I do in the morning is to get the blood flowing through my body. When I have a babysitter available, I'll take some time and ride my bike for a couple of miles. Otherwise, I'll try to fit in twenty minutes of yoga or other physical activity. This helps get the blood flowing to the brain and helps increase your capacity for remaining alert and maintaining rational thought.

Proper Foods - Eating properly can also increase your capacity to stay focused and on task. A breakfast for myself is an egg, a slice of wheat toast, a can of V8 and a fruit cup packed in water. Toss in my daily routine of vitamins and I feel incredible throughout most of the day. As long as you reduce your sugar intake and increase snacks such as fruits, you'll feel like you have more energy for extended periods of time.

Don't Plant Yourself - As a writer, you're probably sitting at your desk for hours on end hammering out words on the keyboard. It is important that you try and mix up your day to promote continued health. It's not good for anyone to simply sit for eight hours straight with only bathroom breaks to separate the day. Every hour or so, I get up and walk around the house or take ten minutes to clean something. It doesn't matter kind of activity you do, the fact is you need to keep active periodically throughout your day.

Your physical form is only part of the experience for remaining healthy. Your brain, which controls every aspect of your life, benefits from proper health as well. If you are unhealthy, your mind is not as efficient as it should be - which leads to irrational thoughts and behaviors. Creativity is a byproduct of how well the mind functions. If you don't take care of your mind and body, your work will be affected and your potential could be wasted. For myself, I can definitely tell the difference between days where I slept well and ate properly compared to those days I feel rushed. Give yourself a greater chance to be successful as a writer by practicing better habits for health. More than your weight is at stake.


Rachael Cherry is a wife, mother, and writer who is passionate about helping connect families in need with high quality caregivers. She has taken that passion and put it to work through NannyPro, a respected online nanny referral service. Learn more by visiting @NannyPro on Twitter.

Great suggestions, Rachael...thank you. The best health strategy for me is exercise--I try to get 60 minutes of cardio/strength training about 6 days a week. The bonus for writers is that exercise increases cerebral blood flow, which gets those plot ideas humming!

Writers...what are your best health strategies? 

4 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Our health affects everything in our life. I run five miles a day several times a week, eat a lot of healthy foods, and I remember to engage my brain when possible. (Usually practicing my guitar does both.)
Great tips!

Jennifer Lane said...

Alex, I didn't know you were such a runner! Great job. And the guitar practice sounds fun.

Rachael Cherry said...

Hi Alex,

That's great. Glad to hear you are so active. Thanks for reading and commenting.

David P. King said...

This is exactly why I started swimming again. I find the harder I push myself in the water, the better I sleep at night. Wonderful for my bouts of insomnia. Thanks for guesting, Rachael! :)

 


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