Healthy Habits For Writers

“As creative writers, the rubber meets the road while writing, so all the more reason to keep our tires aligned and headed in the right direction.”

For those of us who spend a great deal of time writing while seated at a desk, it is important to keep our bodies fit if we expect to keep our minds sharp and generating fresh ideas. In this article it is my intention to share a handful of useful tips that have helped me to keep my production capability strong and sustainable:

1) Some of my best thinking happens while walking outside. With fresh air the heart pushes more oxygen to the brain allowing thinking to become a breeze. Use this time to break down barriers, overcome obstacles and locate solutions. Break up the ice to dive deep into the subconscious and bring back a net of ideas to keep the writing process going.

2) Green tea may not taste good initially but add some fresh lemon, ginseng and/or ginger for a super healthy brain potion to get the creative juices flowing. The time it takes to prepare a cup of tea is a great way to begin and maintain an essential habit.

3) While waiting for the water to boil do several push-ups and/or sit-ups and/or squats. Keep a set of dumbbells nearby and work your biceps, triceps and/or shoulders. The objective is to get both a cardio and strength workout in before the water boils.

4) Then use the time it takes for the tea to steep for some light stretches. Now you can return to your writing area feeling refreshed and eager for another power hour of writing.
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5) Last but not least, remember to snack on veggies throughout the day such as broccoli, bell-peppers, carrots and spinach. The goal is to eat light food, high in energy and good for the heart. There is no better way to diminish junk food than to simply add more healthy food in its stead. For the love of clarity avoid heavy food while writing.

Implementing these changes into your lifestyle can be challenging at first. It may be best to gradually ease them into your practise. Overtime the benefits of these healthy heart habits may bring about immense progress for you as they have for me. In the meantime click here for a more elaborate list of items to help improve oneself as a writer.

About Jason Youngman

An explorer of volition and soul, a song under a night sky and a dream that forever yearns to be.
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21 Responses to Healthy Habits For Writers

  1. Andrew Tulloch says:

    This post made my day. My day job is a fitness trainer and I concur with all of your advice.

    • That’s really good to hear Andrew! Any suggestions on how others might adapt these tips into their lifestyle?

      • Andrew Tulloch says:

        Sure, it is hard to give broad advice since everybody’s situation is different. However, regarding tips number 3 & 4, opportunities to do these can be whilst watching TV, listening to a podcast or audio book. Regarding walking, I find when reading having either a physical copy of the literature or downloaded onto a phone/tablet allows to be able to be standing/walking whilst reading. In short, whenever you are doing anything that does not require you to be sitting down is an opportunity to do your tips.

      • Good idea Andrew! Multitasking certainly has its advantages. Finding a healthy medium b/w activity & rest can make a big difference.

  2. What a great list. Thank you Jason! I love number 1! I would replace no. 2 with Peppermint Tea. I can’t do number 3, not even one single press up! I usually wander in the garden during no. 4 and couldn’t agree more with no. 5!

    Another healthy tip I’ve picked up over time is to make sure that I take regular writing breaks. I usually take one every year around the summer and winter solstice for a few weeks. So liberating! Blessings always, Deborah.

    • Thank you for relating with my tips! A nurse once told me that Peppermint Tea is really good for blood circulation. So true, Deb, regular resting keeps the soil moist for fresh ideas. As always your graceful touch leaves me oh so satisfied.

  3. JC says:

    Thanks for the suggestions. I feel I can use all the help I can get. Anything to keep the mind and body from wandering… jc

  4. Great advice, Jason. I especially like number 1. Some of my best creative ideas come to me when I’m running. As for number 2, I’m not a tea drinker but maybe I’ll try it. I may try both your concoction and the peppermint one. 🙂

  5. Jason, your proclivity for writing the most useful of informative knowledge to guide writers is tantamount to their success!

  6. Wonderful advice (as always) Jason. I often find myself engrossed in my work and forget to get up. I’ve even started tuning out my Fitbit 😟
    Thank you for sharing these great tips!

  7. Great suggestions! (She says this with enthusiasm, knowing that despite her good intentions, she may forget to do most of this before long…).

  8. As much as i am close to doin them, reading created all the push it lacked. Thanks.

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