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Build in Time to be a Healthy Writer

Angie here: A long time ago, someone once told me to build in time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate...and I didn't listen. Do you?
When caffeine can't wake me up,
I need to build in time to be a healthy writer.
I thought I did, but realistically I didn't. Being a type A personality doesn't help. I'm very driven. Filling up the day, every day, doesn't leave any time to rejuvenate. Even worse, without that rejuvenation there's less creativity (regardless of the job).

I find myself needing more caffeine, feeling more stressed, and struggling to get the word count I need to meet deadlines. If this sounds like you too, consider a few ways to build in time to be a healthy writer.

  1. Schedule rest and relaxation into your calendar. If it's not scheduled, then it's too easy to say yes to a request and fill in the blanks.
  2. Leave your smart phone on your desk and go for a walk.
  3. Invite a friend over to watch a movie, eat popcorn, and chat.
  4. Be sure to schedule exercise each day to build health while blowing off steam. (And yes, I watch my fav shows while on the elliptical.)
  5. Turn off phone ringers and close your eyes for 20 minutes in the middle of the afternoon. Set your timer and let your mind wander or fall asleep. Either way, awake or asleep, your mind is getting the break it needs to work out the challenges you've given it.
  6. Plan a retreat with other writers, but buy take-out so you aren't cooking and cleaning.
  7. Go to the movies—it gets you away from daily life.
  8. Visit the mountains or beaches or biking trails near you.
  9. Don't get into the habit of rescheduling your downtime. It's too easy to do that over and over again. Rescheduling is for emergencies only.
  10. Schedule and go to all your regular medical appointments. Know your health and keep it.
So how many of these 10 tips to build in time to be a healthy writer am I practicing? All of them. Over the last couple of weeks, I took a look back at the last few months. A complete blur. 

Over the summer, I got so run down that it felt like the world was rushing at me, around me, and I couldn't focus. If it feels like that for you too, a complete blur, then here's your wake-up call to build in time to be a healthy writer too.

Begin today building in time to be a healthy writer into your calendar. Within a few weeks, you'll be able to see a shift to a healthier life and work style as the calendar starts to show a more balanced approach. Don't get discouraged if it does take a few weeks or more. It took me over a month to figure out how to rearrange things and how to sometimes say no in order to protect my health and time. But when my productivity started to improve, that helped me realize the wisdom. When my jaw didn't hurt from clenching, I realized I'd been doing it! 

A walk around the block helps productivity (and word count!)
How about you? Is it time to build in rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation for a stronger productivity level? See you after my walk around the block in the mountains...

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