There is nothing more exhausting than sitting all day torturing people, er, writing. So when your backside is numb and your brain feels like cotton, here are a few ways to get the blood flowing.
- Steps—it takes 10,000 steps a day to lose weight. My friend gave me a pedometer for Christmas. It’s a great way to keep track of your goal and give you a reason to get up and move. I pace when I’m on the phone. This is good and bad. If the other person on the line wants some information, it’s usually at the other end of the house. Good—get up and do a few laps up and down the hall or pace while you’re on the phone. Better—go outside and walk around the yard. Best—take a few turns around the block.
- Take a drink. No, not that kind. Cold water. If you think about it, what’s more refreshing than a drink of cold water? Keep a glass or insulated container handy.
- Change something. It can be anything that varies your routine. Do a few of those brain teaser puzzles. It will jar some of those dormant brain cells loose. Spend a minute and clean off the top of your desk. A neat environment is like a fresh start. Take your computer outside or to another room.
- Enjoy a few minutes of silence. Turn off the lights, the radio, music or TV. Now lean back or lie down and close your eyes. Starting with your toes, concentrate on relaxing and making your toes feel heavy. Imagine them melting into the ground. Work your way up to your head and shoulders. Keep your breathing steady and your mind focused on relaxation. It doesn’t take long and you’ll be ready to get back to work.
- Sit up straight. Your mother was right all those years ago when she used to yell at you to sit up. When you sit up straight, you increase your oxygen intake by as much as 30%. More oxygen in means more oxygen to your brain and that’s always helpful.
- Have a snack and get that blood sugar up. Some good choices are: blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, mango, citrus fruit, tomatoes, avocado, a dried fruit and nut mixture (never hurts to throw a little chocolate in the assortment), peanut butter on whole-wheat crackers, or low-fat yogurt. Don’t forget to stay hydrated.
- Light a eucalyptus, spearmint, or peppermint candle or rub on one of these essential oils. These are the scents that stimulate your brain. You might keep some other scents around to alter your mood to suit what you’re writing. After all, smell is the sense most closely linked to memory.
- Open a window and let in some fresh air. Take a few deep breaths and stretch. It will get the blood flowing and loosen those tight muscles.
It’s important to rev up your energy level if you want to stay fresh and keep those brilliant phrases spilling out on to the page.
What do you do to stay energized?