Today I'm going to be talking about self-care for writers. The writing process can be isolating, difficult, and tiring, especially if you're trying to query agents, or doing NaNoWriMo, or comparing yourself to other writers.
First, the basics. What is self-care? While Instagram might define it as bubble baths, reading a book, and neglecting all your responsibilities, self-care is ultimately about treating yourself like someone you are responsible for helping. If you had to take care of a pet or a child, would you let them miss a meal or not rest when they get sick or tired? No. So why treat yourself that way?
With that said, here are some self-care ideas for writers.
Write. This may sound crazy as you are probably burned out from writing, but the truth is, when I feel burned out from forcing myself to write a project that I am no longer excited about, I like to take a break by writing something fun without putting pressure on it to conform to a perfect ideal of the most amazing scene/chapter/book ever. Also, it's just fun to write something without planning or outlining it first. Sometimes writing something just for fun will help get your creative juices flowing again.
Read. Read something other than your own writing, which you've probably been rereading 125983 times and thus absolutely hate. Read a fun, fluffy novel or a comfort read or a true crime novel. Whatever gets you feeling relaxed.
Clean your house. If you're one of those writers who procrastinates by cleaning the house or one of those writers who abandons every household duty in the pursuit of writing the perfect novel/screenplay/poem, go clean your house. It will make you feel much better to be able to work in a clean environment and I personally find cleaning to be therapeutic.
See a movie, listen to a good song, or go to a museum. Experiencing other art forms can help inspire your own. Even if you're not inspired, it can still be a relaxing experience that gets you out of your head/messy house/office/usual coffee shop.
Spend time with family and friends. If you're anything like me, when you have a deadline or a WIP to work on, you probably end up neglecting your social life. Why not take a break and enjoy time with the people you love?
I hope this post was helpful to you! Leave a heart and/or comment if you liked it and if you have anything to add!