5 ways exercise can improve your writing

5 ways exercise can improve your writing

Why exercise is essential to your writing life.

 

Exercise is essential to the quality of our writing. Between either sitting down planning out what you’re gonna write, or actually writing content, its literally a sedentary task anyway you look at it! And in this routine, doing exercise can often get neglected.

I’m all about healthy habits for writers, and making sure those habits are instilled and become part of everyday life – not just something be be energised for a week or so and then forgotten.

In further blog posts, I’ll talk about different ways you can get exercise seamlessly into your schedule, but for now, let’s look at why the heck writers should even do it in the first place. (This applies to entrepreneurs too, of you have a business that requires you to write content).

  1. Lifts your mood

Endorphins lift your mood. You’ll naturally feel more uplifted and motivated! It also removes the guilt that you may have about neglecting your body.

  1. Increases productivity

Oxygen to the brain makes you more focused and attentive. Many writers are notoriously unfocused and find themselves going off on tangents when trying to meet deadlines. Especially self-imposed deadlines.

  1. Stops restless legs

Jobs that require you to sit down for long periods of time may cause you to have restless legs! Ugh, I hate that jittery-jumpy feeling. Regular exercise can help combat this problem.

  1. Clears the mind and inspires ideas

Much of the stuff you worry about can be worked through whilst your exercising. Even if you’re not consciously thinking about it at the time, your subconscious is working things out. After an exercise session, you’ll often find calmness and clarity. After an exercise session, you may find that you have a breakthrough in your writing about a character or story-line that’s been bothering you.

  1. Helps prevent illness

Getting ill will halt your writing in its tracks. You may be able to do the odd creative piece when your ill. But you cant step back and edit anything (as least I can’t). And if you want to make a living out of writing, can you really afford to be getting ill? If the answer is no, then look after your body. Do SOMETHING every day.

Stay tuned to the blog and I’ll be diving more into habits!

The many benefits of walking

The many benefits of walking

 

The Power of Walking

 

Walking is a ritual I’m developing for the New Year, there will be others, but this one is one I particularly want to share with you! It’s beneficial in EVERY area of your life. I already discussed on here the benefit that exercise can have on your writing, but there are a ton of reasons to get walking daily. As well as keeping us fit, walking gets us out in nature. It’s the kind of exercise that hits every area of self-care.

 

Walking helps us…

 

Physically: It helps maintain your weight, strengthen your body and your heart. It also gets loads of much needed oxygen to your brain.

 

Intellectually: It will help clear your mind of clutter. Walks can be meditative if you’re mindful of everything that’s going on around you, and bring you back to the present if you’re in overwhelm. That oxygen to the brain will really help you to concentrate, too

 

Emotionally: Time walking can give you time to process your emotions. It also will release endorphins into your body, lifting your mood

 

Socially: If you have a career /job that requires you to interact with people, this can be hard if you’re introverted (like me). This time will allow to to have your space so that you can tackle the world head on! If you’re an extrovert though, you can find a walking club to go to and make new friends.

 

Also, if you have children, it’s a great excuse for you to all put your phones down and spend time together.

 

walking

 

Spiritually: We get close to nature when we’re outside. Our bodies chemically react in natural environments, as though we’re going back to basics. It’s a natural way to connect with our spirit and feel it sing.

 

Another good thing about walking is that it’s actually really easy to fit into our lives. Here are just a few way we can make it seamless:

 

  • Walking to the shop,
  • Leaving the car at home on a work day
  • Walking the kids to school
  • Getting up half an hour earlier to get out and walk before work,
  • Walking after dinner

 

And if you’re here thinking ‘I don’t have time’, remember, that it will ultimately make you MORE productive. You have to sharpen the axe if you want to cut the tree down.

 

But here is the key to reaping the full benefits – be mindful, and present in your walk. Pay attention to your environment and your thoughts as you go.

 

You could even start a walking journal! A special journal reserved just for your walks, you could fill it out during or after your walk, free write about your environment, your body, and also any clarity that has been given to you on that particular walk.

 

A dear friend of mine, Jackee Holder created a ‘Writing Map for Green Spaces’ that you could try, it’s designed to help you connect with nature as you go. Check it out here.

 

Do it daily, or at least 4 times a week. It’s not about formally scheduling it, but more about fitting it into your life, naturally. Go here for some more tips on how to get started!

 

Comment on the below and lemme know if this is a habit you are going to do too, and how you get on with it!

Making Choices for 2019!

Making Choices for 2019!

Aligned Choices for 2019!

Aligned choices are not made out of obligation or fear; they are made from following our intuition. It’s New Year, and you are in reflective and goal-setting mode, making lots of choices. But how do you make aligned choices?

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

This quote from Dumbledore is a reminder in this process. Don’t get stifled by limiting beliefs about your abilities – just like Harry was at first. Harry’s choices had us rooting for him like a true champion. He chose to never give up, to stand up for what he believed in, to have faith; and this ultimately brought him success. Most importantly, his choices were not from obligation, but were from his heart and his intuition. (Read more about the meaning of this quote here).

So why are aligned choices so important?

 

An aligned choice, backed by faith, is powerful.

So choose how you want your life to be, and choose what you do (and do not) want in your life. And do it your way.

Aligned choices reveal the true, best versions of you. Maybe not right away, it might take a while for your vision to form. But from the outset, when you step into aligned choice, you step into your own POWER – and everyone around you knows it. They will see you differently, just like they did with Harry.

My determination to grow my life coaching and online course business and finish my novel this year is my aligned choice. And it is backed with faith.

And so it is.

So for 2019, what choices will define you? What choices will truly represent you…to others, and to yourself.

Much Love,

Dawn x

P.S. If you’d like help deciding on your choices, then i’m taking on a whole new roster of ALIGNED clients for 2019 for my Life Coaching Services for Quietly Wild Women who just wanna WRITE.