On the other hand, I love having an extra hour of daylight! It means spring is finally on the way.
After a long winter being cooped up inside, I’m ready to get out in the sun. We head to our local parks to hike the trails, breathing deeply of fresh air and clearing the cobwebs from our minds. Relaxing and viewing nature gets my creative juices flowing, which leads to being sedentary. It’s a vicious circle.
But back inside, there are things I can do to take care of my writerly health.
- Ergonomic keyboards. We all know repetitive tasks like typing can take a toll on our wrists. Handeze support gloves provided relief when my wrists ached from typing all day at work, and then typing more at home while writing. When that wasn’t enough, I added an Aircast arm band to relieve the pain around my elbow. Both items helped, but they didn’t correct the problem. Thankfully, since purchasing an ergonomic keyboard I haven’t needed the Handeze or the Aircast, and I spend more time on the computer than ever before.
- Back support. I haven’t mastered this one yet. I often find myself ensconced in a comfortable chair. For years, I’ve written in the family room surrounded by my family. The TV blaring, the kids arguing – it’s kind of like white noise for me. Now, my kids are grown and I still find myself heading for the comfortable chair. This is hard on my back, I know. I find myself fidgeting, and my back, hips and legs feel stiff and sore when I rise. I know I’m not doing my body any favors. I’m learning I can be more productive perched on a straight-backed chair, with my computer on either the table or a sturdy wooden TV tray. Hubby and the TV are still white noise.
- Frequent breaks. It’s hard to make myself get up and move when the words are flowing. However, I know sitting for hours without moving is not good. Maybe that's partially why I gravitate to my comfortable chair. I know I can't sit too long without needing to move. Writers – not just writers, but anyone who sits for long periods of time – need frequent breaks to stretch our legs and set our blood flowing.
- Drink water. Staying hydrated is important for our health. Water flushes toxins, regulates appetite and body temperature, and lubricates and cushions joints. My Bubba insulated tumbler keeps water cold longer than other water bottles I've tried. I'm not a fan of warm water, so having ice-cold water makes it much easier for me to consume a decent amount of water.
What effect does an extra hour of daylight have on you and your writing routine, and how do you stay healthy? Please share.