Welcome back to AuthorHouse Author’s Digest!
Writing and self-publishing are not exactly hazardous activities (at least compared with construction work, the military, or being a Hollywood stunt man.) While your chances of sustaining a serious injury while hammering out your latest book are low, it’s not the perfect activity either (health-wise.)
Long periods of inactivity, excessive eating or drinking, poor posture… these are all hazards of the full-time writing craft. Luckily, with just a little attention and preventive measures, most of the health concerns of being a writer can be avoided.
Today, we begin a three-part series on health tips for writers. Read on!
Schedule daily exercise. This one’s a bit obvious, and good advice for practically anyone. For writers, though, it’s even more important because of the lack of physical activity when writing. Whether you run, swim, walk, play, tennis, or hit the stationary bike, make exercise a part of your routine.
But don’t forget to rest! You’ve all experienced it; you sit down to write after dinner, get immersed in your manuscript, and the next thing you know it’s 2 a.m. The amount of sleep each person needs tends to vary, but you should make sure that you’re getting at least 7-9 hours per night (again, good advice for anyone, not just writers.)
Remember the proper posture. Sit up straight, don’t slouch. Use a chair that provides adequate support, but it comfortable enough to sit in for long periods of time. A chair that’s slightly uncomfortable after ten minutes will be downright painful a few hours later.
Taking notes on the go. Do you have a smart phone? That means, with the right app downloaded, you have a recording device too. When you’re simply brainstorming or tossing around ideas, why restrict yourself to your desk? Take a walk with your phone (or similar recording device) and kill two birds with one stone!