5 Simple Ways to Find Inner Peace as a Writer

November 19, 2019
Writer

ZEN TIP TUESDAY #31

This week for ZTT I welcome New Zealander – Maia Fletcher.  Maia’s topic of ‘5 simple ways to find inner peace as a writer’ is not one I had expected but it certainly piqued my interest and I was eager to see what she’d write.  I hope you enjoy the read!  You can find out more about Maia in her Bio at the end of the post.

If you would like to contribute your very own ‘Gem of Zen’ as part of the Zen Tip Tuesday series please go here to find out how (you might also like to visit all the Gems of Zen we have so far). I would love to hear from you!


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Finding inner peace as a writer in this fast-paced world can be difficult. Whether it be work, bills, or the kids, there’s always something on your mind. 

As a writer, there are certain measures you should take to find internal peace. Read on to find out more about five simple ways to do so.

Declutter

A cluttered workspace reflects a cluttered mind. In other words, physical clutter will negatively affect your mental headspace when you’re writing. The environment you choose to work in is important. It may determine your productivity and the quality of your output.

Wherever you have chosen to work, strive for a minimalist approach. Only have what you need in your workspace. Eliminate both auditory and visual stimuli that may cause distractions. This could significantly compromise your productivity. Distractions may not be easily identifiable. They may include incomplete housework, the latest podcast or even your dog playing outside your window.

Spend time outdoors

Become one with nature and spend time outdoors to find inner peace as a writer. As well as providing physical health benefits, spending time outdoors will boost your mental health.

Find a scenic walk near you to recharge. There will be plenty around you, wherever in the world you live in. Spending time outside will help you appreciate mother nature’s gift and in turn, learn to focus on the present.

Follow a nutritious diet

We are all encouraged to follow a nutritious diet, but it is understandable how difficult it is for the right habits to stick. Regardless, healthy eating is in your best interest when it comes to writing. Changes in blood sugar levels may negatively affect productivity.

Rapid fluctuations in blood sugar are caused by foods high in sugar and fat. You may feel the sugar rush in the beginning, but over time, you’ll start to feel sluggish. Likewise, skipping meals will also cause a decline in blood glucose levels. If you’re having trouble finding time to cook lunch, cook extra portions at dinner time to eat as leftovers the next day.

You only get out what you put in, so fuel your body with nutritious food and in turn, feed your mind.

Take a break

Sometimes all you need is to take a break. Reset and recharge your mind every 20 minutes by disconnecting from the computer screen.

Release stress and restless energy by spending your breaks exercising. Meditate to clear your mind and promote focus.

Coffee break

Consider taking an extended break at the end of or before starting a large project. Head to a tropical island and unwind by the turquoise waters and white sand. Travel to underrated destinations to escape the crowds and over-tourism. Take part in fun, adrenaline-filled activities or relax on the beach.

Understand there are some things you can’t change

As much as you may like to, you can’t control everything. Take control of what you can change and at the same time, understand what you can’t.

For example, you may be given a last-minute piece to write. Instead of getting worked up about the due date and lack of time, think about what you can control. You can control how you react to said situation. Silence your inner critic.

Schedule in time you can work on writing. Think of ways you can be more efficient so you can have your work completed on time. Identify distractions that keep you from working productively and eliminate them. If required, reprioritise your workload.

Juggling your professional life and mental health isn’t easy. Unfortunately, modern society fosters distractions which contribute towards a preoccupied mind. Find your inner peace as a writer by focussing on what you can control, living a healthy lifestyle and knowing when your body needs a break.


 

 

MAIA FLETCHER

As a creative writer, Maia Fletcher spends most of her day typing away in front of her computer. She’s written articles for various blogs and a local shipping container site whose ingenuity inspired her to live a sustainable lifestyle. See more of Maia’s work on Tumblr.

 

 

 


 

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16 Comments

  • Reply Natalie November 20, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Thanks, Min and Maia, for the tips. I get ideas to write when I spend time outdoors close to nature. #MLSTL

    • Reply Min November 20, 2019 at 2:58 pm

      I do too Natalie! 🙂 xo

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au November 20, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Some really great tips here that apply to most of what we do (not just writing). I’m a big fan of having an uncluttered life, taking a break when we need to, prioritizing, and keeping life in balance. Also interesting to be a writer for a shipping container site – I guess there’s always something new to learn about who people can write for!
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

    • Reply Min November 20, 2019 at 2:59 pm

      I’m a big fan of decluttering too Leanne. Clutter clutters my mind. Decluttering, declutters my mind. Funny that! lol xo

  • Reply Joanne Tracey November 20, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Some good habits which, as a fellow writer, I’d agree with. Walking and nature are my biggest tools for balance – especially if I’m having problems getting the words out of my head and onto the laptop. Because I have both a day job and am usually juggling a couple of writing projects from my home office I also have little tricks to separate each of the tasks in my brain – to get me out of corporate ode and into creative mode, out of first draft mode into blogging mode or editing mode.

    • Reply Min November 22, 2019 at 8:15 am

      You are amazing how you juggle it all Jo! I find walking and nature very healing and great for making me feeling more balanced too.

  • Reply Debbie Harris November 20, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    I think the distractions are the hardest to deal with so agree with these tips Min! Sharing for #mlstl

    • Reply Min November 22, 2019 at 8:16 am

      I have the same problem Deb. Torn between jobs that need doing around the house, social media distracting me, phone calls etc etc.

  • Reply Agnes Knowles November 21, 2019 at 3:20 am

    I think Maia’s tips are great for life in general. I did need to chuckle with Tip #4… a writer I know actually lives on a tropical island and finds it so therapeutic for much of her life!!

    • Reply Min November 22, 2019 at 8:17 am

      Hi Agnes – How lucky is that writer friend of yours!

  • Reply Nancy Dobbins November 22, 2019 at 3:33 am

    Thanks Maia and Min,
    Great tips and I agree with each one. My biggest challenge is to take a break as when I am on a roll I just want to keep going…but better to get up and move every once and a while. #MLSTL

    • Reply Min November 22, 2019 at 8:46 am

      I am much the same Nancy. Usually it’s back or neck pain that finally gets me up from the chair to move around a bit!

  • Reply Nancy Andres November 23, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Thanks Min and Maia for posting this. I use all the tips you mentioned. It’s good to be reminded that these self-care practices are available to us . All we need to do is choose them. Visiting you from #MLSTL and I pinned this post.

    • Reply Min November 28, 2019 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks Nancy and yes it’s always good to be reminded about self-care. It’s essential for our wellbeing. xo

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan November 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Taking a break, a walk, a bath can help me put things into perspective. Walking away from writing and returning to it can help when I am ‘stuck’.

    • Reply Min November 28, 2019 at 12:09 pm

      Taking a break can make a world of difference can’t it? Getting outdoors even better! xo

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