An Absolutely Critical Step In Getting Motivated to Write
Are you struggling to keep up with your writing work? Are you wondering how you can keep churning out positive messages to your readers every week?
One of the things that can help us stay on track is making sure we take care of our health. Health, both physical and mental, is very important for our writing skills and our motivation, especially when we are writing to encourage and inspire others.
But what about all of the brilliant writers who suffered from depression? Like Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, and Sylvia Plath?
True, brilliant writing can be the result of some of the darkest moments. But I think it's really difficult to encourage and inspire others if we ourselves don't feel encouraged or inspired. We can say some positive things, but staying consistent, especially when we're online with a blog and social media, is difficult.
Before social media became popular, it was easy to go online (remember chat rooms in the 90s?) whenever we felt like it and say something encouraging, but now in today's online world, we need to be online every day, interacting with and encouraging our readers. And while it's ok to have a bad day every once in a while, it's going to hurt us if we're consistently negative or feeling unmotivated or uninspired. It's really hard to care about other people when we don't feel like our emotional needs are being met. Do you feel like doing anything other than moping when you're depressed? I don't either.
Our physical health is also extremely important because it can affect how we feel mentally. Chronic illness can wreak havoc on our emotions, making us feel frustrated, angry, or depressed, and those emotions can keep us feeling down and unmotivated to write.
So, what are some things you can do to improve your health?
The two big things are diet and exercise. Changing how you view food is key – fuel for your body vs. fulfillment of cravings. And also recognizing that the foods you eat can affect how you feel. I won't get into the details here because there are so many great resources available, but it's something we need to be exploring. What are some good foods you can add to your meals? What unhealthy foods can you cut out of your diet (i.e., soda, processed sugars and foods, etc.)?
I'd love to hear your feedback. How has food affected your writing? Please share your comments below.