Energy Break

When I’m really deep into a writing project, I can sit at a keyboard for hours and not notice the passage of time, until some body part—usually my neck or shoulders—calls a time out. If I wait until that happens to stop, and then I stand up…ouch! My muscles are stiff and my limbs resist straightening. I have aches on top of my aches. That’s the point at which I usually call it a day. But what if I didn’t wait for my body to cry out in protest? What if I gave myself a break?

If I treated my writing time more mindfully, I would set an alarm for an hour max. At the buzz or ding or piano riff, I would take an energy break. An energy break might require water to rehydrate or a light snack, but most of all it would require movement.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to take an energy break:

  • do a Tai Chi form
  • do Qigong exercises
  • do stretches
  • take a short walk
  • dance to a couple of songs.

An energy break should rev you up again, not wear you out or move you too far from your writing desk/tablet/notebook. It should re-oxygenate your brain. It should add a few new waves to the flow of ideas. Most of all, it should recharge your writing batteries so that you can write more pages.

Energy Breaks can also help…

  • when you’re stuck
  • when that *#! little ball starts spinning on your screen
  • when you’ve been interrupted and can’t get back into the flow
  • when the cat jumps on the keyboard and wipes out a whole morning’s work.

Think about it: when you have a “real” job in a “real” workplace, the government requires your boss to give you breaks. At the writing keyboard, you’re the boss. So give yourself an energy break, as often as you need one.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Yep, I get those same aches and pains. I sit way too long. Thanks for the reminder to s-t-r-e-t-c-h.

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