If there’s anything I should know by now, it’s that taking care of my body is one of the single most effective ways to stay productive (and profitable) as a web writer.
That’s why I wrote about the importance of health in today’s Wealthy Web Writer article (you can read it here). I shared a lot of my hard-learned tips from years’ past.
However, even though I know exactly what I should be doing doesn’t mean I don’t slip up every now and then.
That’s why I’m always on the lookout for tips on how to feel better and work smarter. Here are some of my favorites.
Yoga Poses You Can Do At Your Desk
This one comes from Jennifer Dominique of Grateful Life Yoga. She’s the kind of yoga teacher who makes you feel calm the instant you walk into her classroom … and makes me wonder why I don’t take her advice more often.
I certainly should. According to research presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in New Orleans, yoga can reduce anxiety, amplify concentration, and increase motivation.
Nobody says it better than Jenny, so I’m pasting her full instructions for desk yoga here:
Healthy, Normal-People Snack Habits To Power You Through Intense Writing Sessions
I was really good at this until I went and got pregnant. I used to keep a gallon of water at my desk and continually refilled my glass throughout the day — about eight times, usually.
For snacks, I had a store of nuts and fresh fruit. I also kept a sizeable pack of gum nearby for those occasions when nerves made me want to chomp but the need for focus kept me from eating.
That’s all gone to pot now. Still, I highly recommend it if you have any control whatsoever over your appetite and cravings. This healthy snacking habit powered me through as many as six hours of intense writing at a time. (As a bonus, your keyboard will stay cleaner a lot longer if you avoid chips, cakes, and cookies!)
There’s No Way Around It, You’ve Gotta Be Social
I hate to admit it, but I’ve turned down parties and evenings out with friends in favor of slamming through projects. Not only is this not a fun way to live, it’s also not healthy.
Now, whenever I get stuck on a project, the problem isn’t writer’s block or lack of direction or anything of the sort. It’s lack of interaction. So, I call up a friend and go out for lunch. Or, I head to a coffee shop on my own to do some work. Either way, the change in atmosphere does me a world of good. I’m able to return to my projects focused and refreshed.
I used to think spending time with family was enough external interaction, but — though it’s priceless — I need more. I think for us web writers, making sure to head out into the world alone or with a variety of people is a good way to stay in touch with all those core emotions and desires we write so much about.
Laugh … A Lot
Before becoming a freelancer, I never realized how much other people make me laugh. It’s one of the few things I miss about working in an office. It kept things light. It kept me from getting too serious about my work.
An easy remedy is to pounce on every funny thing that crosses your path. If somebody posts a funny video on Facebook, watch it. If you have the chance to go see a movie, pick a comedy.
As a matter of fact, laughter is healthy on a physiological level. It stretches muscles, increases pulse, and pushes oxygen throughout your body. Some experts point out that laughter is a lot like exercise — it has the same endorphin-laced effect on you.
But, above all, it keeps your spirits up, which is essential when you’re overcoming the hurdles of newbie web writers.
Then, There’s The Obvious Health Solution …
I have to share my favorite health tip: Connection. Connect with other web writers here on the site, through forums and emails, or even live events. You’re bound to feel better all the way around when you bond with people who relate to your lifestyle, celebrate your successes, and push you to constantly improve.
By the way — here are some good ergonomic tips I wrote about last year. Have any other tips you can share? I’d love to hear them — please share in the comments below.
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