Health Tips for Writers: Finding the Write Life Balance
by Kathryn

As writers, we often prioritize our craft over everything else in our lives. However, it’s crucial to remember that our bodies and minds need care and attention to produce quality work. Good health is essential for maintaining a writing practice, and today, we’ll discuss health tips for writers that can improve your well-being and creativity.

Sleeping for Writers

First and foremost, sleep is vital for physical and mental health. Lack of sleep can lead to irritability, memory problems, and reduced productivity. As writers, we need to ensure that we get enough rest to function at our best. Set a consistent sleep schedule, create a comfortable sleeping environment, and try to avoid screens before bedtime.

Listen to Dr. Gina Poe, professor in the department of integrative biology and physiology, at the University of California at Los Angeles, talk about consistent sleep cycles and more with Dr. Andrew Huberman here.

Walking for Writers

Next, taking a daily walk is an excellent way to improve your health and stimulate your creativity. Walking boosts blood circulation, releases endorphins, and reduces stress levels. It’s also an opportunity to clear your mind, observe your surroundings, and generate new ideas. If possible, choose a scenic route, and try to walk for at least 30 minutes a day.

Read about the creative and emotional windfalls of walking and writing in this article entitled “From Wordsworth to Nietzsche: The Power of Walking Examined.”

Drinking and Writing

Another healthy habit for writers is to avoid alcohol consumption. Alcohol may seem like a quick fix for writer’s block or anxiety, but it’s a temporary solution that can have affect our sleep in the short-term and sabotage a day of writing. Regular alcohol intake can lead to liver damage, depression, and decreased cognitive function.

Instead, try drinking herbal tea, water, or non-alcoholic beverages to stay hydrated and focused. One of my favourites is sliced ginger root with honey and fresh-picked mint from my garden.

Gardening for Writers

On the heels of that, gardening is another activity that can improve your physical and mental health. Gardening involves physical exercise and it is also a relaxing and meditative activity that can reduce stress and anxiety. Gardening also provides an opportunity to connect with nature, which can inspire creativity.

The Well-Gardened Mind by Sue Stuart-Smith investigates the magic that many gardeners have known for years – working with nature can radically transform our health, wellbeing, and confidence.

Lifelong Learning for Writers

Lastly, taking a writing class can benefit both your health and your writing practice. Writing classes offer structure, feedback, and accountability, which can motivate you to write regularly and improve your skills. They can also provide opportunities to connect with other writers and receive support and encouragement. Learning new techniques and perspectives can help you grow as a writer and increase your confidence. Check out my courses for lifelong learning on my Courses page.

In conclusion, good health is essential for maintaining a writing practice. Health tips for writers include prioritizing sleep, taking a daily walk, avoiding alcohol, gardening, and learning. These tips can improve your physical and mental well-being and unleash your creativity. Remember to take care of yourself, so you can write your best work.

Stay healthy and keep writing!