But I've learned the hard way over the years that it's in my best interest to take a minute and readjust sometimes. Or, God forbid, look out the window! And maybe even take a sip (or 100) of water.
A few years ago, after a marathon book-writing month (my own little NaNo), I did some pretty nasty damage to my back. Thankfully, I've always been able to find trusted chiropracters who were able to get me back on track fairly quickly.
And just a few weeks ago, my husband got so dehydrated that he gave himself kidney stones. The 2am 9-1-1 adventure was enough to scare me into drinking more (and I mean copious amounts of) water.
And as someone who was born into a genetic cesspool of eye problems and heart problems, I know it's important for me to be diligent about taking care of those parts of my body.
So, what are my suggestions for a healthy writing/reading life?
1) Take breaks, for heaven's sake! Set a timer for 20 minute increments and when it goes off, stand up, stretch your arms, stretch your legs and look at the furthest point you can see for 30 seconds.
2) Drink...water, that is! It's the life-source, not Diet Coke, contrary to popular belief. I aim for 80-100 ounces/day (I do have to counteract my morning coffee)! And throw in some green tea or Ginko Clarity tea to keep yourself sharp.
3) Exercise! I've started taking my iPad to the gym with me so that I can kill two birds with one stone. I read while I walk. It makes the time go so much faster and I can stay on the machine so much longer! My skinny jeans are finally just my jeans!
4) Take time to relax! Stress kills...literally. So don't get yourself so stressed out that you land in serious trouble. Schedule time for you that doesn't involve a computer and fictional characters. Get your nails done, sit in a sauna, get a massage or just take some time to meditate or do some yoga poses at the end of your day. Your mind and body will thank you for it!
I hope my tips help, and if you have tips you'd like to share, please leave a comment! I'm always looking for new ways to de-stress and stay healthy :)
-Jerrica, Her Grace of Grammar