3 Reasons to Schedule Time for Self Care

Increasing productivity, Mental Health
You have a job. You also have a couple paid writing assignments, a blog to maintain, friends to visit and a family who seems convinced that they deserve some of your precious time. Oh, and you're trying to write a novel in your "spare time". With everything else going on in your life, it's easy to ignore self care. When was the last time you read a good book purely for pleasure? Enjoyed a sunset by yourself? Had a relaxing bath? Did yoga? Odds are you've heard about how important it is to take care of yourself, but how deeply have you thought about it? Is self care part of your daily routine? Here are 3 reasons why it should be: 1. You need your health to write. This includes…
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Eliminating Guilt

Inspirational, Writing
Today I'd like to start with an item that didn't make it on last week's list but that's at the core of why many of us don't write. It's the guilt we feel when we're writing and we think we should be doing something else, the guilt we feel when we refuse other activities in order to write. It's particularly acute when dealing with family and close friends, or when faced with the many tasks of running a business. This guilt is a double edged sword because most of us also feel guilty when we don't write. But this guilt does us no good. It weighs us down and we spend time focused on being guilty that could be spent working on our writing, or doing all the other things…
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