Taking Breaks [Healthy Writer]

It’s far too easy to get sucked into work. When you’re a creator, you work from home and are on the computer all day. Your back is tired. Your butt hurts. You need to get in the habit of taking breaks.

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Get In The Habit

People always say they need to get in a habit with writing. I always say the same thing. Get yourself into a routine, train your body and mind that a certain time is writing time. You should also do the same for taking breaks as well.

There must be a certain amount of time each day where you’re not writing or creating just to let your mind at ease.

Breaks are not only important for your mental health but also for your physical health. There are a number of things I personally like to do when I take breaks.

  • Take a walk with the dog
  • Be outside in the sun
  • Clean the house
  • Dance around or sing obnoxiously
  • Run errands or go for a drive
  • Read a book
  • Play video games

Of course, reading and playing video games is kind of like work as well so I tend to try to do something else if I can.

How I Know When To Take A Break

Usually, when I start not focusing or I begin to get silly (just ask my sister) that’s when I know I need to take a break. A lot of times, and I especially do this when my sister and I are working together, we work for an hour then break for an hour and repeat. It really helps us get a lot done.

I especially like doing things that way because I’m still getting work done throughout the day. Something I need to work on is not feeling guilty when I don’t write or blog. I’ll get up early, work for eight hours, and then if I sit down to watch TV at 6 pm I feel like that’s too early for me to not be working, despite putting in a full day.

So, alternating each hour with work and breaks helps me in the sense that I’m working throughout the day until all my stuff is done or I’m too tired to get anything else done.

Days Off Are Breaks Too

Also, you don’t just need to take breaks throughout the day. You should always give yourself a day or two off each week. My goal is to be able to have Saturdays and Sundays off. Right now I give myself Fridays off and even then I still sometimes get work done. Other than live streaming with my sister, I don’t have to babysit on Fridays (unless I agree to babysit on the occasional Friday) so I do my best to stay off the computer.

My laptop is a trooper, so she definitely deserves a break most days. Not mention, so do my characters.

What do you do during your writing breaks? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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10 thoughts on “Taking Breaks [Healthy Writer]

  1. So true!
    I usually knit or crochet a bit if I’m only taking a short tea break – say about 15 or 20 minutes. But I also clean the house as a way to get moving in-between working. I quite dislike vacuuming (I find the sound horrible), so telling myself I’m allowed to get back to my characters and adventures after vacuuming helps a lot 😀 😀 😀 And housework is usually done half on autopilot so I get to listen to an audiobook while I’m at it!

    • Lol, I hate vacuuming too! Knitting or crocheting is something I’d like to get into. I want to do something crafty, but haven’t decided what yet.

  2. When I’m taking breaks, I do one of the following: play with or go for a walk with the dog, spend some time with the degu or chinchilla, do housework, watch a bit of TV or a DVD, read, work on craft projects of some kind, do housework, talk to a family member or friend on the phone, do some baking, do something with hubby, or spend some time just relaxing with a cup of tea.

    With all those things, you might think I’m great at remembering to take proper breaks. I’m not. I’m working on it though, and getting betterat remembering to take breaks. Making a concious effort to accept the dog’s attempts at getting me off the computer to play ball with her as my cue to take a break is helping surprisingly well. I’m sure you can imagine how much she loves it too.

    • I know exactly what you mean! There are so many things I do to take breaks, though I rarely do that, lol.

  3. I like this post. I am not to the point where I can work long enough to take breaks on purpose my kids interrupt and distract so much I’m barely able to get things done.

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