As writers, when the mood strikes, we may find ourselves sitting at our computers all day long frantically pecking away on the keyboard to get our thoughts on paper before the thought-well runs dry. The problem – When we finally come up for air, and return to reality, our hands, arms, backs, necks, and eyes are sore, Ugh!
A pain-free writer is a more productive writer so the question becomes…how can we make ourselves more comfortable and more productive? Following are some helpful tidbits I’ve either read about, or have been told about in the recent past:
Eyes: Look away from your computer screen periodically, and roll your eyes up and down and from side to side. Also, close your eyes periodically for a minute or so just to give them a rest.
Hands and arms: Stop pecking at your keyboard periodically and stretch your hands open, then ball them into a fist, and repeat the process. Extend your arm, palm up, and apply downward and backward pressure against your fingers. Flip your arm over and repeat the stretching process. Don’t forget to apply the same type of pressure to your thumbs as well.
Back and neck: Take a moment to lean back in your office chair and stretch your arms up and legs out. Close your eyes, flex and extend your feet, open and close your hands. Place your hands on your lower back and turn your head and shoulders slowly to each side. Stand up and stretch, arching your lower back. Bend your head gently from side to side, and then up and down, hold for a moment in each position, and repeat the process. Slowly turn your head from side to side and hold for a few seconds, and then repeat the process a couple of times.
Try these exercises and see if it helps your writing productivity. Do you have any other suggestions? If so, please feel free to post them in the comments.