|Handy Table - Maria A Smith|
Comfort - Years ago I swapped from a PC, to a laptop, mainly to ease a sore aching back, the laptop giving me more versatility and of course portability too. Lately though, I've found myself wriggling around after an hour or so, and rather than having notebooks scattered on the sofa, or chucked on the floor at my feet, I wanted a more solid working area for when I'm in a comfy chair.
As you can see, I've got myself a small table that I can bring right up over my lap on all the different seating around the house as well as outside in the garden. Reasonably sturdy, I can easily adjust the height, and have the top angled in one of three positions. I'm rather pleased with my purchase.
Exercise - About five weeks ago I was told to cut back on walking by the asthma clinic, who in fairness have put me on a 90 day programme to learn better breathing techniques. I've been a bit miffed, it took me a while to get into a good routine. Instead I've been doing more yoga practice in the mornings. If you write early morning, or anytime of day really, I recommend you stop, sit, stretch and breath for 10 or 15 minutes. Apart from helping to keep you fit, it'll unlock your mind, as you unwind and relax. If you can practice mindfulness too, even better. Meditation is a great stress reliever at anytime of the day.
Sleep - I'm hopeless when it comes to sleeping well, am I the only writer out there with insomnia? I don't think so, and while I've been looking after myself better these last few weeks, I decided to try and get to the bottom of why I'm not sleeping.
I already know sleep deprivation causes a lot of problems like lack of concentration, memory loss, stress, in short my creativity suffers, as well as reaching deadlines. how am I coping then? By making a conscious effort not to write in the evenings at least four nights a week. Its a toughie this, because I work during the day. Old habits are hard to break, but I've made myself a schedule.
Also it helps if I go to bed at a more reasonable time, and I'm slowly getting the habit, telling myself I need at least 7 hours of quality sleep to function well the next day. Its challenging, but I'm working on it.
Hydration - I used to be fairly good at remembering to drink regularly, but lately I lost the plot completely and found I've gone without a drink for as long as 6 or 7 hours in a day! Shocking really.
Two thirds of the body is made up of water, its essential to keep all the bodily functions working correctly. Without it, everything becomes sluggish, I don't think I need to go into detail. Save to say, its very difficult to concentrate on your writing when you are dehydrated. Plain old water is best, so I've upped my intake, as well as drinking more fruit juice, and tea without milk. It seems to be working.
The Pen - I am going back to the pen. Not fully - goodness I couldn't do that completely, but I am defintely going to write more with my pen, rather than tap words out onto the screen. There is something about sitting quietly with pen and notebook, scribbling away, letting the mind wander freely, not having the distraction of the internet, or the worry of jiggery-pokery within the software.
I know its the long way round, I'll have to type it up later, OR, is it? When I type it up, I find I am editing, so its like a second draft, thus cutting out going back over a lot of stuff on the screen. I'm keen to hear your thoughts, pen or keyboard?
I'm still working on my personal writers self-care package, albeit slowly, I am enjoying the changes, and I'll let you know how its going as things unfold.
Its been a funny old week...
Where I've been... To the swimming pool - I'm slowly getting back into swimming again. I'm not the best swimmer, but just jogging up and down the pool makes me feel better that I am doing something!
What I've seen... A robin on the washing line. A lovely sight, even though its supposed to be blazing June, and robin sightings are usually on crisp cold days of winter around here.
Who I've met... Sharing a brew with another writerly type is always a pleasure, and sometimes its difficult to make the time, but well worth the effort. Lots of catch up on each others projects.
What I've bought... My new versatile table!
The week ahead looks like this...
More writerly self-care
What will you be up to?