The afflictions that come with Writing

When we talk about writing-related afflictions, people tend to jump straight to mental stress and point to emotional stress as the smoking gun. But something many do not realise is the toll a writing lifestyle takes on our bodies. Given the physically stagnant nature of what we do, there are a myriad of things we can end up suffering from if we don’t take care to look after ourselves. Anyone with a deskjob is proably already familiar with the dangers of frequently sitting down for long periods of time.

Writing will change your body, almost as much as your mind. Our posture will be horrendous, our weight will either go up or spiral down denpending on the person, our hands can grow to suffer from frequent cramps, and then there’s something I struggle a lot with, backpain. Mine comes from an old skiing injury, which only makes exercising so much more important for me.

So spend that extra bit of money on a good chair. Pay attention to your body, if you begin to feel pain stop whatever it is your doing and take a break. Go take an hour-long walk, or go for a run if you feel up to it.

If you are an author, a poet, or someone who looks at writing as a hobby, the best piece of advice I can give you is to get a gym membership and get into the habit of working out. If you look after your body it will look after you! Take it from me, you do not want to wait until you reach a point where pain becomes an every-day thing for you.

There are also other benefits of adopting an active lifestyle in paralell with your writing. The more you get into the habit of draining yourself physically the more you will see an increase in mental energy. Many writers experience getting stuck in their writing, going to the gym and working out can fix some of that. It has done so for me in the past. It allows you to gather your thoughts and sift through the impressions you want to incorporate by taking a step back from them for a short while.

If the idea of going to a gym terrifies you, as I know it can for some people, go on that long walk I mentioned earlier and make that your habit instead. There you have it, get your gluteus maximus out of that chair and work on that cardio. You owe it to yourself and you deserve to stay healthy! : )


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8 Responses to The afflictions that come with Writing

  1. A.D. Everard says:

    Thanks, Fredrik. I am indeed doing well, now that I’ve learned how to control it. :) Cheers to you.

  2. Fredrik Kayser says:

    Thank you for the comment, A.D. Everard! I hope you’re doing alright, I know the kind of toll chronic pain can take on you and I hope you’re doing well! : ) I very much agree, diet is very important!

  3. A.D. Everard says:

    For me, repetitive strain injury (RSI), I’ve had it in both wrists, arms and shoulders for about ten years. I’ve been writing for over 40 years. Exercise helps with the RSI, the most beneficial being big arm movements – thank slow flapping like a bird. Since including those exercises in my day, the pain has reduced to mainly wrists and hands at low level.

    I used to like a gym and followed a self-program of aerobics and weights for three hours every day, six days a week (had to get up at 4:00 am to fit it into my working schedule), but now I prefer walking and swimming. It makes a big difference getting air into your system and the blood pumping. Diet is important, too.

  4. Fredrik Kayser says:

    Thank you! :D

  5. Reblogged this on The Daily 400 and commented:
    Writers always think about their inspiration. How many of us think about the physical side? Come to think of it, I always write better after a good game of volleyball.

  6. This post is brilliant. Writers always talk about their inspiration but they never think about what it does to their bodies! A good game of volleyball always does wonders for my writing :) .

  7. Fredrik Kayser says:

    hehe, not good! ^^’

  8. And writing is hell on your eyes as well, I tend to get horrid headaches after looking at a screen for a few hours, and wrist pain that will take you to your knees lol! :D

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