Self-Care for Writers and Bloggers
Self-care for writers and bloggers. Self-care is important for everyone, but it is especially true for bloggers and writers. I have been suffering from an ugly case of tendinitis for the last couple of weeks. This has not been a pleasant experience, believe me.
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Not being able to work without extreme pain has been a nightmare. Once I figured out the problem, I started researching root causes and solutions as well. This really made me start thinking about how I take care of myself. One of the biggest things I read about tendinitis is that it isn’t one big thing that causes it. Instead it is a bunch of repetitive motions over time that wear on the tendons and cause them to become irritated.
Here are some tips on self-care for writers and bloggers and products that have helped me immensely and are allowing me to write this post!
Whoever invented this stuff is a genius. I’ve heard of this stuff before, but never paid much attention to it besides the fact they sponsor the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team. But once a good friend recommended it after a fall, I gave it a try. I use the spray for hard to reach places and the gel on easy to reach places like my hand. I love that the gel is individually packaged, so I can throw a couple of these in my vehicle if I am out and about when the pain starts.
I never realized how hard I gripped my mouse and the strain it was putting on my wrist until I purchased this! It takes some time to get accustomed to because it is different than a traditional computer mouse. After using it, I went back to my normal mouse, and it was painfully obvious that was a big part of the problem.
I have a tendency to rest my wrist on the edge of my desk, placing a strain on my entire arm, from hand to elbow. This memory foam wrist pad helps to elevate my wrist and provide not only a more comfortable work area, but it is easy to type with. I use it with my laptop, and there is no discomfort or odd angle at all. It also comes with a second pad for the mouse as well.
A quality office chair is essential! Here is my favorite, and it isn’t expensive. Office chairs don’t need to cost a small fortune. They just need to provide the proper support. Posture is a big part of how we feel in general. I am one of those people who can curl myself up in a chair, almost in a little ball and sit and work for hours, until I can’t feel my legs or feet, and stand up with sound effects.
It may be comfortable in the moment, but it isn’t helpful overall. Bad posture can affect a lot more than just immediate discomfort. Taking consistent breaks is also essential. Stand up, take a quick walk, even just around the house. Get the blood moving back through your body.
Another great option that I’ve used is a stability ball in place of my chair. This forces me to sit up straight and I can’t curl myself up on a stability ball. I find that if I’m working for a long period of time, I’ll swap out my chair for the stability ball because when I’m so focused on my writing, I tend to ignore the obvious needs.
Are you drinking enough water every day? My guess is probably not, and I am bad about this as well. I’ve started keeping a log of how much water I drink every day to make myself accountable and pay attention. Also try to avoid excessive amounts of caffeine. In reading about tendinitis, caffeine consumption is a really big part of that.
Avoid Processed Foods
In looking at the causes of tendinitis, this was a big red flag. I don’t normally eat processed foods, but in the last couple weeks I have found myself so busy that I hit drive-thrus several times. This unfortunately made perfect sense to me as a cause. With my wrist issue, eating better became a big deal. Making a full meal for myself isn’t easy right now, and I opt for easy choices. Cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein, and easy to prepare. Snack throughout the day! Sixteen almonds is 100 calories. A perfect healthy and tasty snack. Pick things that work for you that are just as easy as going through a drive through. They’re usually much cheaper too.
Rest, rest, and more rest
Getting the proper amount of sleep each night is absolutely essential! Not only to our brains, but our bodies as well. Our bodies heal when we are sleeping. This is why when we have the flu, we sleep a lot more. Our body demands extra rest to get better.
As a writer and blogger, this bought of tendinitis was obnoxious. It is hard to build a business when I can’t type. Or take care of myself when I can’t cook a meal without pain. It really reminded me that I need to take the best care of myself. When we fly on an airplane, the safety message about the oxygen masks reminds us to put ours on first, then assist others who may need help. But the main focus is to put our mask on first.
That is how I think we should all look at taking care of ourselves. Especially when the businesses we are building can hinge on the ability to work. If I can’t type, I can’t work. How can my business grow if I’m not working? I have to take care of myself in order to keep growing.
This also really made me take a better look at the tools I need to be successful. Such as the mouse and wrist pad, as well as eating correctly. I am responsible for setting myself up for success and not just causing myself unnecessary injuries. Now I pay a lot more attention to these things instead of just running full steam ahead and forgetting there are consequences for that.
Do you take self-care for writers and bloggers seriously? Tell me about how you take the best care of yourself in the comments! Read more of my tips on self-care and productivity.
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