What are your best self care tips?
My Best Self Care Tips
We’ve all done it at some point in our lives. Worked ourselves to the point of burnout. The workaholic side sets in and we feel the need to be productive every second of the day. That is not a healthy way to live! It’s so important to remember that we need to take care of our mental well-being, especially if we want to put our best work out there.
Here are some of my best self care tips to recharge your brain and come back to the writing desk with a fresh mind.
Shut Off the Socials
Scrolling through social media may be relaxing for you, but trying to keep up with everyone’s posts and mindlessly staring at the screen might be putting more strain on you. Take some time to be by yourself and cleanse your body of all the social media and technology muck in your brain. Lay down in a dark, quiet room to take a nap. Go for a walk. Relax in your backyard. Do anything for at least ONE hour that has nothing to do with social media. Turn off your phone if you must!
When you’re a writer, chances are you feel isolated during most of your writing hours. Rebuild your energy by interacting with your friends and family. Don’t talk about your writing or try to think of new plot ideas, just have fun. Talk to them about weekend plans or go off on an adventure together. Allow them to distract you from the story living inside your head that you’re too exhausted to keep working on. Feel calm and restored in their presence.
A Fun Activity
We’ve all got at least one hobby, right? Writing isn’t the only thing you’re good at or enjoy doing. Take a break from your bookish life and do something else that you enjoy. Have you been wanting to finish that painting? Or maybe you want to get out of the house and go for a bike ride? Whatever hobby that you enjoy, embrace it with every part of your body. Cast the writing aside for an afternoon and feel happy by enjoying life and all the little things it has to offer.
Write Without Purpose
If you’re exhausted from your current project, but are determined to get some writing on the page, do it without purpose. Write for the fun of it, not because you have a deadline or you feel like you need to reach a word count goal. Remember why you love writing in the first place and create something that only you get to enjoy. Cherish your skills and all the effort you put into building your writing career. Write something completely outrageous and even terrible because no one else is going to see it. This is only meant to make you smile and recover the joyous feelings of writing a fun story.
Know When It’s Quitting Time
It’s so important to listen to your body and know when it’s time for a break. Does your head hurt? Are you becoming irritable? Have you slowed down your writing rate? Understand what the signs are for you, then turn off your computer and get back at it another day. If you’re not at your best, or close to it, you’re not going to be very productive anyway. Tomorrow is another day and know that not everything you want to accomplish needs to be finished right this second.
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