How are you doing with your self-care routine? If you’re like me, you understand and appreciate the importance of self-care, but you might struggle to make it happen. As writers, creativity is the lifeblood of our work and we must do a good job of nurturing it. So, identifying self-care activities which align with our writing habits is vital.
I spent a pleasant couple of hours coming up with no fewer than 50 self-care ideas for writers and want to share them with you here.
10 ideas for self-care for writers:
- Break a writing rule.
- Go to bed 20 minutes early.
- Light a scented candle when you’re writing.
- Every 1000 words, take a 10 minute walk.
- Don’t check your sales figures today.
- Try mint tea for productivity.
- Don’t compare yourself with another author, without reminding yourself that every journey is different.
- Write for 20 minutes, then stretch your arms, back, and shoulders.
- Decide today when and what you’ll write tomorrow.
- Keep in mind, reward rarely comes to those who don’t take risks.
And 10 more ideas:
- Remember that everyone feels like an impostor sometimes.
- Put your phone into airplane mode for a day.
- Create a happy file.
- No matter how many books you write, you’ll probably always fear the next will flop.
- Does that task “spark joy” or lead somewhere worthwhile? If not, ditch it!
- You’re probably comparing your first draft, and their final draft. Congratulate yourself for what you’ve already achieved.
- Meet another writer for coffee.
- Bake something. While your creation is in the oven, do a word sprint. (Set a timer, just in case!)
- Look how far you’ve come in a year.
- Listen to your inner critic. Would a kind friend say those words to you?
Would you like all 50 ideas for easy reference?
They’re now available to purchase as part of my Writer’s Productivity Bundle.
I’d love to know what your favorite self-care activities are.