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? Download them as a pdf.
I’d love to know what you think of the list, and what your favorite self-care activities are.