Take time out from writing to relax

Red Panda, Adelaide Zoo

Writing is not only a lonely occupation, it can be exhausting. Sitting at the keyboard for many hours each day is not only mentally draining, it can actually be physically demanding.After four or five hours of being on the creative edge, the body screams for a change of some kind.

I find that long writing sessions can actually be counter productive. The ability to continue being creative wanes and the brain starts to switch off. As an aside, I find that managing my diabetes is quite a challenge while writing as I can easily get very drowsy.

Sometimes I just need to take a complete break and have nap – just like my friends at my local zoo shown in the photos on this post. Often a 20 minute nap refreshes me enough to keep on going for several more hours.

Ideas to help you relax

I did a little brainstorming and came up with a few ideas on how you could take a break from writing and refresh the creative juices. Here’s my list:

  1. Take a nap – but not too long.
  2. Go for a walk. The fresh air and exercise will do you good.
  3. Visit the local river, lake, park or lookout and let the environment inspire you afresh.
  4. Meet a friend for coffee.
  5. Make a cup of tea or mug of coffee and sit in the garden and let the plants inspire you.
  6. Read an inspiring book.
  7. Weed the garden.
  8. Water the lawn or your pot plants.
  9. Watch the birds going about their daily activities.
  10. Take some photos of flowers in your garden.
  11. Go for a bicycle ride.
  12. Have a light snack.
  13. Listen to your favourite music and let it inspire you.
  14. Sit in the sun and relax while you soak up some vitamin D.
  15. Go for a swim, visit the gym or just do some simple exercises to get the blood flowing to your brain.

I hope some of these ideas help you, because most of them have helped me on many occasions.

Reader activity: What do you do to relax during long writing sessions? Please share them via the comments. Thanks.

One last hint: get back to writing!

Koala, Adelaide Zoo

Meerkat, Adelaide Zoo

 

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