Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1100 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine.
The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics. This series is along the same lines… but is a ‘Lucky Dip’
In this series I will be sharing posts from the first six months of 2021 – details of how you can participate are at the end of the post.
This is the first post from author D.L (Denise) Finn and first appeared on Story Empire
and Denise explores how writing affects our health.
Writing and our Health by Denise Finn
Writing has many benefits for our minds and brain. Letting those written words flow keeps our mind sharp as we get older, helps solve problems, allows us to express ourselves, and opens the door to learning. It can promote happiness, gratitude, and encourage leadership, all from typing or writing your thoughts down.
That’s great for our minds, but does our body reap the same benefits from sitting long hours expressing ourselves? Unfortunately, no.
After sitting at my desk editing for several hours without a break, I notice how tight my muscles are. Then, when I get up, I can barely move; my back and shoulders hurt.
While writing may exercise the brain, we need to take care of the body where our brain lives. Some physical writing-related issues include lower back pain, carpal tunnel, eye strain, weight gain, muscle/tendon issues, headaches, stress, and depression.
Lately, I’ve been taking care of my mind instead of my body. This circles around and cancels some wonderful mental benefits writing offers. I decided it was time to add exercise into my writing routine.
Here are some of my ideas:
Stop every hour and move around.
During these breaks, I like to do a couple of yoga poses. Here are two of my favorites, tree pose and warrior pose. I found a site that has some seated yoga poses: Link
Pay attention to the body position. Is your keyboard too high or low? How are you sitting? I sit with my left foot on its side. I have no idea why, but later I find it hurts, so I consciously make sure it’s flat, and I’m not slumped over.
If you have wrist pain after writing, make sure your arms are supported and level, not below or above the keyboard. During these breaks, check to see if you’re using good posture while writing!
After some movement, I close my eyes and meditate for a moment. It not only gives my tired eyes a rest but renews my energy and soothes my soul.
Have some extra time? You could take a walk or go on a run during one of these breaks. I find it really sparks ideas, or after a long writing or editing session, it brings me back down to earth and grounds me in reality.
Note: Always check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program.
Desk and equipment while writing
A comfortable chair with armrests is a must, no matter where I’m writing.
A desk, or where you write, needs to be as comfortable as possible. Mine includes a small heater because writing always makes me cold. I keep a constant water supply handy, have my glasses nearby, and some almonds as a snack.
Next, I added some “extras” or under the desk exercise equipment to use while I was writing.
I poured through the many types of under-desk equipment, including treadmills, bicycling, and ellipticals. I finally decided on a moderately priced under the desk elliptical since it’s my go-to exercise machine that’s easy on my joints. I added that under my desk.
The other extra I’d been eyeing for a few years was a desk riser. After some research, I decided on a reasonably priced portable one to move around as needed.
Both are working out better than I hoped. Now I have the option of standing while writing, as long as my feet and back allow, or exercising as I sit. It’s nice to have the option to alternate between the two.
Including writing breaks and movement when I’m creating, I now have a thorough exercise program. This offers a perfect combination for the words to flow freely while encouraging a personal path to the healthiest mind, soul, and body possible.
Do you have a writing exercise routine? How often do you take writing breaks?
©D.L. Finn 2021
My thanks to Denise for her common sense approach to keeping ourselves physically and mentally ready to write…
D.L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA. She immersed herself in reading all types of books, but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, and adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventures with an open invitation for her readers to join her
A selection of books by D.L. Finn for adults and children
How you can feature in the series?
- All I need you to do is give me permission to dive in to your archives and find two posts to share here on Smorgasbord. (email@example.com)
- Rather than a set topic, I will select posts at random of general interest across a number of subjects from the first six months of 2021. (it is helpful if you have a link to your archives in your sidebar by month)
- As I will be promoting your books as part of the post along with all your information and links so I will not be sharing direct marketing or self- promotional posts in the series.
- If you are an author I am sure you will have a page on your blog with the details, and an ‘about page’ with your profile and social media links (always a good idea anyway). I will get everything that I need.
- As a blogger I would assume that you have an ‘about page’ a profile photo and your links to social media.
- Copyright is yours and I will ©Your name on every post… and you will be named as the author in the URL and subject line.
- Previous participants are very welcome to take part again.
- Each post is reformatted for my blog and I don’t cut and paste, this means it might look different from your own post.
- If I do share a post which contains mainly photographs I will share up to five and link back to the original post for people to view the rest.
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