|I'm A Writer - Maria A Smith|
I've neglected coming here on a Sunday and reporting my progress, my achievements, my failures, and my future goals. The truth is, I've not felt like it - the best way to describe it, is to say, I've had one of those months. Injuring my ankle has incapacitated me in more ways than one. Apart from being immobile, I've lost my writing mojo!
Hard to believe because prior to the fall, literally seconds before, I'd been thinking how well things were going where writing was concerned. It goes to show, how quickly things can alter. I'll tell it how it is - things have been grim. I blamed the heavy duty pain killers in the first instance, because I simply couldn't think straight, let alone string words together. However, I've been off them for a week now, and I'm making good progress walking again, so why hasn't my mojo returned?
I'm behind with my deadlines. Its frustrating, yet I've allowed my mind some fallow time, but inspiration hasn't hit, ideas aren't coming and I cannot face the novel re-write in this state. So what is to be done fellow scribes?
I've put an action plan together. Given myself the talking to, so if your mojo has gone awry too, or if you feel you're lacking in energy, these tips might just be the boost you need to get going again.
1. Exercise - Get moving, because we all know movement gets blood circulating to every cell, including the brain. And it seems anything is better than nothing, so short walks down the garden path, or around the block count. Perhaps not quite the same as cycling ten miles or running to work and back, but its still movement. Take regular breaks, get up from your desk and walk around, stretch and maybe step outside and take a few deep breaths. Now that I'm off the crutches, I'll be taking it steady, starting with a short daily walk, what will you be doing?
2. Start Drinking! - Consider having a glass of water for each cup of caffeinated beverage you knock back. Caffeine dehydrates and pulls water from your cells, and our bodies need to stay hydrated. Drinking water energises us, relieving fatigue, as well as flushing out toxins. I've fallen off the wagon with this one, yet its so easy to do. I'll be going back to having a bottle at my side as of this week.
3. Shut Your Eyes - Now I like the idea of the power nap, but the reality of it is a bit far fetched I think you'll agree. For a start you have to make the time to have this ten to fifteen minutes, which I don't doubt will be a good thing if you can find a quiet corner to drop off undisturbed. I'm not keen on setting an alarm either, I'd feel grumpy, and short changed when I had to get up and go back to work. A better idea is to make sure you're getting as much sleep as you need. We're all different, I was getting up an hour earlier to write, but some nights I wasn't going to bed an hour earlier to repay the time. Thats no good for me, I need at least seven hours to function well, otherwise I feel jaded and out of sorts all day. So look into your sleeping habits, and retrain yourself. I've done it once, and will be doing it again this week.
4. Fuel - I've been eating a lot of crap! It is making me unhappy, and I need to stop, and find some healthier alternatives that I'll not only enjoy eating, but hopefully will help me lose the 6 lbs I've gained with all the recent inactivity. I know what I should be eating. Eating junk food makes us sluggish, I don't need to write you a list, you know what I'm talking about here. My blood sugar keeps plummeting because I'm not eating well, so chocolate and crisps will have to be replaced with healthier alternatives. This one will take me a while to master. When hunger hits, I'm my own worst enemy, so I need ideas for healthy snacks?
5. Mindfulness - Or meditation. What! I hear you cry, and move back from your screen in haste. Now hang on, give it a chance. Mindfulness is simply taking time out of our busy lives to take notice of our surroundings, a sort of meditation. It doesn't take very long to learn, and is mainly about taking deep breaths, and being more mindful about your surroundings. I have found it very useful when life is hectic. Do try it, there is much written on the subject if you google it.
Right, I'm off to fill my water bottle, and plan my diary. I'll let you know how it goes next week.