I talk about what’s going on in my head a lot but a lot of that is possible through the other habits that I’ve developed alongside the practice of writing.
Exercise. Being a nerd, I used to disdain exercise entirely and as a consequence, coasted through my teens and twenties on a shitty diet and a good metabolism. Then the debt became due and I ended up fat. Not orca fat but I had a belly and attendant health issues alongside it.
I discovered Tim Ferris’ Four Hour Body and it was a revelation. It’s all good stuff in there, it helped build my writing practice and my physical protocols which work with my limited capabilities for recovery from training and a thirst for lifting heavy weights. My diet is fairly spartan but it works and I feel sharp and capable.
Find something that you can get into and commit to the least amount of time and energy for it to be effective. I like weights because I’m not a runner and I carry out barbell complexes which is a series of movements without any weight on the bar for cardio and to build my lactic acid threshold.
It also boosts my testosterone and allows me to connect to my masculinity in a way that’s healthy and doesn’t impose on anyone else.
I’ve started a basic yoga practice off YouTube and I’m three days in and feeling better for it. So it evolves as my needs change.
A small amount of time spent practicing meditation has paid off massively for me. It isn’t a catch all solution for your issues nor does it numb you to the pain of living but it gives you the tools to see things from a perspective that makes sense. It calms me down, gives me focus and it makes me feel more nuanced.
Pretty useful traits for a writer.