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Juggling Jottings and Jogging: A Writer’s Guide to Balancing Wellness with a Busy Writing Schedule

It’s 3 am, and you’re hunched over your laptop, squinting at the screen as you type away furiously. The only light in the room is the eerie glow from your computer screen. Your fingers are cramping, your back is aching, and you can’t remember the last time you had a proper meal or even stood up for that matter. Sound familiar?

Welcome to the life of an average writer! We often find ourselves so engrossed in our work that we forget about everything else – including our health. But it doesn’t have to be this way! I’m here to tell you that it is possible to balance wellness with a busy writing schedule. And no, it doesn’t involve mastering some ancient yoga technique or drinking kale smoothies (unless that’s your thing). So, grab yourself a cuppa (or maybe something healthier), sit back (or better yet stand) and let’s dive into how we can juggle jottings and jogging.

The Early Bird Gets the Worm

Remember when your mum used to nag you about waking up early? As much as we hate to admit it, she was onto something. Starting your day early gives you extra hours to dedicate towards self-care before diving into writing. It could be as simple as brewing a pot of tea, meditating for 15 minutes or going for a quick jog around the block.

Write like Hemingway – Stand Up!

Did you know Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up? While not everyone might enjoy this method (or have his talent), there is some science behind it. Standing desks can help reduce back pain caused by prolonged sitting and can even increase productivity. If you don’t have a standing desk, stack some books or use a high counter. Just make sure your laptop is at eye level to avoid straining your neck.

Take Regular Breaks

No matter how engrossing your story, it’s crucial to take regular breaks. Not only do these breaks prevent burnout, but they also give your mind time to refresh and come up with new ideas. Try the Pomodoro Technique: work for 25 minutes, then take a five-minute break. Repeat four times, then take a longer break of 15-30 minutes.

Exercise Your Body and Mind

Exercise is not just about keeping fit; it’s also about maintaining mental health. A quick workout can reduce stress levels, improve sleep quality, and boost creativity – all essential for writers! You don’t have to run a marathon; even simple exercises like yoga or walking can do wonders.

Eat Well to Write Well

Your brain needs fuel to function effectively – and no, I’m not talking about coffee (although that helps too). Incorporate whole foods into your diet like fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. Avoid processed foods as they can make you feel sluggish.

Sleep Like a Baby

A good night’s sleep is paramount for writers. Lack of sleep can lead to writer’s block and decrease productivity significantly. Make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep every night – your body and brain will thank you!

Mental Health Matters

Writing can be an isolating job. It’s important not only to look after our physical health but also our mental health. Don’t hesitate to reach out if things get tough – talk with friends, family or a professional. Remember, it’s okay not to be okay.

Now that we’ve covered the basics let’s remember that everyone is different. What works for one person might not work for another. The key is to listen to your body and find what works best for you.

So there you have it – a writer’s guide to balancing wellness with a busy writing schedule. It might seem challenging at first, but with time and practice, I promise you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it!


Education: Emily Foster completed her Bachelor's degree in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. She further enhanced her educational background with a Master's in Journalism from Monash University, Melbourne.

Career: Emily Foster is a celebrated author and passionate blogger, known for her insightful and thought-provoking articles on her blog, "Illusions of Wisdom". Her writing primarily focuses on a blend of philosophical musings, modern societal trends, and personal development. She has authored several well-received books that delve into the intricacies of human behaviour and the pursuit of happiness in the modern world.

Hobbies and Interests: Emily is an avid proponent of staying healthy and incorporates a balanced lifestyle into her busy schedule. She enjoys activities like yoga, swimming, and running, finding them essential for maintaining her physical and mental well-being. Her interest in health and fitness often features in her writing, where she explores the connection between a healthy body and a productive mind.

In her leisure time, Emily is an enthusiastic reader, delving into everything from classical literature to contemporary psychological thrillers. She also has a keen interest in gardening, finding peace and creativity in nurturing her home garden. Her love for travel allows her to gather diverse experiences, which she often translates into her writing, providing a global perspective to her readers.

Personal Philosophy: Emily believes in the power of continuous learning and self-improvement. She advocates for the importance of critical thinking and introspection, encouraging her readers to question conventional wisdom and find their unique paths in life. Her blog, "Illusions of Wisdom", is a reflection of her journey and discoveries, and she uses it as a platform to inspire and empower her audience.

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