Stress & Self-Care, Time Management

50 Self-Care Ideas for Writers

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.

Self-care for writers | Pauline Wiles


10 ideas for self-care for writers:

  1. Break a writing rule.
  2. Go to bed 20 minutes early.
  3. Light a scented candle when you’re writing.
  4. Every 1000 words, take a 10 minute walk.
  5. Don’t check your sales figures today.
  6. Try mint tea for productivity.
  7. Don’t compare yourself with another author, without reminding yourself that every journey is different.
  8. Write for 20 minutes, then stretch your arms, back, and shoulders.
  9. Decide today when and what you’ll write tomorrow.
  10. Keep in mind, reward rarely comes to those who don’t take risks.

And 10 more ideas:

  1. Remember that everyone feels like an impostor sometimes.
  2. Put your phone into airplane mode for a day.
  3. Create a happy file.
  4. No matter how many books you write, you’ll probably always fear the next will flop.
  5. Does that task “spark joy” or lead somewhere worthwhile? If not, ditch it!
  6. You’re probably comparing your first draft, and their final draft. Congratulate yourself for what you’ve already achieved.
  7. Meet another writer for coffee.
  8. Bake something. While your creation is in the oven, do a word sprint. (Set a timer, just in case!)
  9. Look how far you’ve come in a year.
  10. 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.

Writer's Productivity Bundle | Pauline Wiles


I’d love to know what your favorite self-care activities are.

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6 Comment

  1. Reply
    April J Harris
    February 18, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    I really like all of these ideas, especially the ‘meet another writer for coffee’! I always find our meeting inspiring and motivating. Seriously through, all of these are really helpful and a great way to stay on track. I have downloaded the PDF too. I didn’t realise you could buy a book scent. That is so cool! Pinning and sharing. Thank you so much for bringing this post to the Hearth and Soul Link Party, Pauline.

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      February 18, 2019 at 6:25 pm

      Yes, I really fancy treating myself to a book scent! Very glad to hear you think author coffee meetings are worthwhile. Let’s do more of those!!

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    Michele Morin
    February 19, 2019 at 6:45 am

    I especially appreciate the tip about taking a break every 1,000 words.

    1. Reply
      February 19, 2019 at 6:59 am

      Glad this was helpful, Michele!

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    Jean | Delightful Repast
    March 4, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Pauline, what a clever list! Numbers 3 and 41 are “out” for me due to my fragrance allergy, but I’m intrigued by the idea of a book scent. How perfect that would be! I’m immediately incorporating number 15 into my day: ditching any task that does not spark joy or lead somewhere worthwhile. And I can’t wait to do number 25.

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      March 5, 2019 at 8:00 am

      Yes, Jean, I can see I’m going to have to get that book scent, purely so I can “report back”!

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