Wednesday, June 19, 2019

#AuthorsToolboxBlogHop June 2019

Thanks to Raimey Gallant, this monthly bloghop of writers sharing resources is going strong. Happening the third Wednesday of the month, check out all the great advice and knowledge provided by the participants on this list.

Writer, Take Care of Thy Self

It's summer in my neck of the woods. The outside calls to me, and I answer as often as I can. Two days from now, I'm having some orthopedic surgery. It's a good time to remind myself of the things we all should be doing to take care of ourselves. Writing requires one to sit down at the keyboard but sitting too long and too often isn't good for our health. Neither is being alone with all those rejections and frustrations. I've put together a list of the ways I'll be taking care of myself during the next few months of rehab while still keeping on with my writing.

*Drink lots of water. So simple but many of us don't drink enough. Remember coffee and tea can be counted toward our fluid intake but watch out for too much caffeine.

*Get around eight hours of sleep and never less than seven. Sleeping is essential for our health. Our bodies need that down time to make repairs. Not enough sleep is linked to things like weight gain, diabetes, emotional health, and more. Read about a few of them here.

*Find your tribe of writer friends who know what your job is like. Avoid people who tear you down with negativism and toxicity. Have coffee with a fellow writer.

*Eat healthy. Summer means more fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat greens. Make a smoothie and throw in some Greek yogurt.

*Get away from the phone, the computer, and electronics in general. Even if only for a few hours.

*Exercise. Walk out in the sunshine. Enjoy an early morning stroll or an evening when the stars start to peek through. In my neighborhood, either time of day means deer and their new fawns are out and about. But watch out for skunks. LOL

*Read. Read. Read. Visit the library. Dig into that TBR shelf. Check out all the books on your Kindle. I read about two books per week even when I'm writing a thousand words per day. Vary the genres too. Read everything.

"If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that." Stephen King

Can you add some healthy advice for your fellow writers? How much do you read every week? Do you have a favorite smoothie or salad dish?




19 comments:

  1. I used that Stephen King quote in a blog post once, too. So right. Wishing you luck with your surgery. I am back walking again after a too-long break and am trying to pay attention to health and eating well. Your post is a good reminder to keep going.

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  2. Hi Susan - good luck with the surgery ... and summer is a great time to take a bit more care of ourselves - being out and about, just relaxing in the fresh air and eating fresh veg and fruits ... all the best - cheers Hilary

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  3. I do most of those things although my socializing with other writers tends to be all online. I certainly take lots of breaks during the day. It's rare I sit in front of my computer for more than 30 minutes before getting up, even for just a couple minutes.

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  4. I try to drink lots of water or seltzer, but I don't always hit the goal I set. Still, some water is better than none. :)

    And yeh on reading! I've read some great stuff lately and rated them over on Goodreads.

    Good luck with the surgery! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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  5. Hoping your surgery goes well! So true too much sitting is not good for our health or bodies yet I sit 8 hours daily for work. And then sit more in the evening online. LOL. Good tips you shared here. My favorite salad is a chef salad with chicken, egg, cheese, lettuce greens, tomato and green beans on it. A yummy summer treat!

    betty

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  6. I agree completely. I've been volunteering to get myself away from the online time suck. Turns out it is sooooo good for me. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  7. I do love all the fresh fruit of summer. Is there any way to get more time? Because that would make some of this stuff a lot easier.

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  8. As soon as you mentioned drinking water, I thought, whoops! I haven't had enough today, and I just downed a cup and a half. Thanks for the reminder! I generally have a green smoothie every morning, but not this morning, because I forgot to take one of my pre-made ones out of the freezer last night. Da doy. My fave is pineapple, ginger, and either dandelion greens or cilantro. Great post, Susan! So important. I didn't take care of myself like I should have the last few years, preferring instead to write write write write, and I had a wake-up call as a result, and I'm getting back on track health wise.

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  9. I think making a point to sit outside on a beautiful day and let the sun warm your cheeks and the wind tickle your hair is very healthy and healing. As far as books go, I struggled for awhile to find a good book. Now I have several and I steal in quiet time on my back porch to read as often as I can. Happy Hop Day. I hope surgery goes well and you have a fast recovery :)

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  10. Make sure you are taking care of your spirit/soul would be the only thing i would add, and i hope your surgery goes exactly as it should with quick healing.

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  11. Great tips! Self-care is so important, for sure. Some things I still struggle with, like sleep, but I try to take care of myself in other ways and can definitely tell it makes a difference. So sorry to hear that you need orthopedic surgery. Hope it all goes well for you! <3

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  12. Good luck with the surgery. I agree with all your tips and try to take care of myself like you. One of the biggest challenges for me is getting enough sleep.

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  13. Such good advice, and all relevant to the plan I have for myself these days. I'm getting tons of reading done by spending less time on the computer, but do need to get more writing time on my calendar. I've been doing too much lollygagging (which is good, but only when experienced in moderation). :D

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  14. Sending prayers for your surgery. Take car. Great tips.

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  15. Yeah, sitting too much and staying plugged in too much isn't good for anyone. Taking a step back or many steps outside isn't a bad way to be. Hopefully the surgery goes well.

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  16. I like your list. We could all benefit from those items. I'd add - do things that bring you joy and laughter.

    Saying a prayer that your surgery goes well.

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  17. A great list for taking care of yourself even if you aren't a writer.

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  18. It's winter here in New Zealand, so I enjoy the sunshine from inside! But I do make sure I drink a lot of water and eat plenty of vegetables. I also try to stay away from high-carb foods and fried foods ... but fries are my downfall :)

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