Please welcome guest blogger, writer extraordinaire, fitness and writing coach, Sandra Wickham! Sandra is here to talk about why taking care of our physical health helps us write more (and dare I say better? I dare say it!)
Take it away Sandra!
A lot of writing advice includes getting some movement into your day but almost none of it is adamant about taking care of your physical, mental and emotional health.
I know a lot of people will brush this aside as woo woo stuff or argue that creativity comes from pain, sorrow and anguish.
I call BS on that.
How are you supposed to write if you feel horrible physically? If your back hurts so you can sit or stand for long to write?
How are you supposed to write if you have no extra energy for it?
The stereotype that intelligent people can’t also be fit and athletic is an extremely harmful one. It keeps some people believing they don’t deserve to be healthy and fit.
Or worse, they worry if they did become super fit, their IQ would suddenly drop.
Not going to happen, my friends!
Our physical health is important. It doesn’t matter how smart you are if you’re dead. It doesn’t matter how smart you are, if you have to stop everything else in your life to deal with a severe illness.
Most of all, brains need brawn! The healthier we are physically, mentally and emotionally, the better those brains of ours will work.
Make time for health. If people judge you for looking after your health, do what I’ve learned to. Ignore them. Maybe those aren’t the people you need in your life.
What I came to discover is that I needed to look after my entire well being in order to write more. I needed to care for my physical, emotional and mental wellness. Once I did that, the words flowed.
I’m me. I have things to write and share. Somewhere out there, people will relate to it, will love it, because it came from me and my uniqueness.
No one else is you. No one else could ever write what you can. So write it.
I believe as writers, we are meant to share our words in order to make the world a better place.
Even if that means just one person reads your words and smiles. Or has a better week. Or, maybe, just maybe, it might change their life. That is worth it.
You are everything you need to be right now. So, write. Look after your physical, mental and emotional health to write even more. The world will thank you for it.
Thank you Sandra!
If you want some quick, awesome Brain Boosting Desk Breaks from Sandra, check this out!
Sandra also has a great workbook called Feel Write Again. You can check it out on Amazon here.
And of course, if you want to know more about the amazing Sandra herself, and her program, you can do that here!