With flu season running rampant, the cold winter snows outside, and de-stressing from the crazy holiday season, you may feel a little under the weather. Though writers don’t have extremely vigorous or physically dangerous jobs (usually), you may notice that you aren’t feeling 100%. If this is the case, then here are a few tips to follow that can make you a healthier writer, helping you get through long stretches of typing and feel better during it.
1—Make A Fashion Statement With Writing Gloves
Typing all day long can wear out and strain your finger muscles, especially if you have perpetually cold hands (like me). I suggest wearing fingerless gloves while you type. These will help the blood flow in your hands, keeping your fingers warm and keeping you writing for longer.
2—Rest Your Wrists On Wrist Rests
I fondly call these squishies, and they are a must for writers. Wrist rests support your wrists as you type and use the mouse, reducing any pain your may feel from typing all day and improving your wrist and hand health.
3—Have 20/20/20 Vision
My optometrist taught me this trick, and it helps to prevent eye strain during long hours of typing. Every 20 minutes, stare at a spot 20 feet away for 20 seconds. You may also want to take breaks and just close your eyes for a few moments because staring at a computer can dry them out.
Shake out your hands and feet, try to touch the ceiling, or just stand for a few minutes. Sitting at a desk all day can tire your body, so stretch a bit to loosen your muscles. You may also want to take a walk around the building just to get your blood flowing.
5—Eat, Drink, & Be Typing
Even if a project you are working on is very exciting, don’t harm your health by skipping meals or dehydrating yourself during it. I always keep a water bottle at my desk and sip from it throughout the day. I also find that TV dinners are a quick and easy way to get a meal if I’m busy working on a project.
6—Give Me A Break
You can wear yourself out if you write all day long (believe me, I know). Taking short breaks throughout the day will help rejuvenate you. Take a walk, go out for lunch, or wash some dishes. Clearing your mind helps you to feel ready to write again.
What are some ways you maintain your health during long hours of writing? Share them in the comments below, on Facebook, or on Twitter.