The writer’s life, especially the life of a solo creative writer carries with it a little bit of depression. It is why staying fit mentally as a writer is as essential and as rewarding. Come to think of it, even if you’re not a writer, staying fit mentally is still imperative in any aspect of life you choose. If you’re not mentally fit, then you probably won’t be fit for much.
Keeping up with today’s fast-paced world can pile the pressure on many people, especially writers who have a lot of clients to write for, or probably many things to write personally. You don’t have to write through depression, tiredness and pressure when there’s a way to lighten up and also lessen the negative effect of work pressure on you.
Below are some of the proven ways you can stay mentally fit as a writer.
Have you heard the phrase “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy?” The answer should probably be yes. There is a 99% chance you’re not named Jack, but if you work every time without playing, there is a 99% chance you will become dull like Jack. The life of a writer is always a lonely one, no matter how you view it. Writers spend more time alone than they do with others to have their creative space which can make them slide into depression. As a writer, you need to go out, play and have fun with friends and family. Go to the parks, museums, clubs and cinemas to unwind and have fun, it won’t kill you; it will instead liven you up.
Most writers tend to sit for a long while in front of their computers, even to think some writers have don’t have an opening or closing hour, they write till they are exhausted or have to sleep — which isn’t good practice. Research has linked many various health concerns like obesity, abnormal cholesterol level, high blood sugar, slow metabolism and depression with sitting for long hours. These are reasons why, as a writer, you need daily and frequent exercise to curb the effect of mental stress. Exercise is essential in fast metabolism rate, burning more calories, making you feel happier (production of endorphins) and reducing the risk of other chronic diseases. Exercise regularly and you’re on the road to boosting your mental health and becoming a happier writer.
- Kill Fear and Doubt
Negative thoughts can also be a significant hindrance to good mental health. How many times have you wanted to write something and you feel you’re not good enough? You begin to doubt yourself and your abilities, and you feel like giving up. Such a thing doesn’t happen to only you, but a lot of writers, so don’t let it weigh you down; instead, let it make you get better. You need to kill fear and self-doubt before it kills your dreams, talent and abilities, thus turning you a frustrated and unaccomplished writer. When you feel you’re not good enough, you’re left in frustration and tears sometimes. Have it at the back of your mind that you’re good enough, and with a few more tries and practice, you’ll be amongst the best. Believe!
- Get a routine
Writers do not choose their creative time — the period we get our brilliant ideas — but we can choose our work period. If you don’t create a routine and plan your time effectively, you could be in for severe health and mental problem. For example, you could create a work time from 9-11 am, take a break for about 30 minutes to go out, watch the things of nature or watch a funny programme on TV. You can come back to writing for another few hours before taking another break. And ensure you do not allow your work encroach on your sleep time. Remember, 8 hours of sleep is the average sleep time recommended by health experts. Do not place your work above your health — mental or physical.
- Use Tools
You might not quickly understand this, even though it’s vital, but to succeed and be a less error-prone writer, you need to use some apps/tools. A writer’s confidence comes with praises. On second thought, everybody’s confidence gets boosted when they’re praised for a job well done, and belief is a sign of excellent mental health. Apps/Tools like Grammarly, Pro-writing Aid and Hubspot Blog Topic Generator helps to make writing simpler and more professional. For example, when you get stuck coming up with a blog topic, Hubspot Blog Topic Generator can help you through that, while Grammarly will help you sieve through your text and highlight errors you need to change to make your work more professional.
Always have it at the back of your mind that as a writer, you’re more prone to an immense level of emotional and mental stress which is why you need to stay mentally fit as a writer. Whenever you start to notice fatigue, depression and loss of enthusiasm, just know it is time to take a break and boost your mental health using any of the methods above or any other you know.