Guest Blogger, Margie Lawson
By Margie Lawson
A big THANK YOU to Rose McCauley for inviting me to guest blog!
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This is one of those small things writers can do that has a HUGE IMPACT.
Taking several stretch breaks throughout your day is a simple way to keep yourself feeling good. YET – so few people do it.
When asked, most people say they know they’d feel better if they stretched. Then they confess that they rarely stretch. Or – they wait until they hurt, then stretch.
Why don’t they JUST DO IT?
They forget. Or they don’t want to take the time.
Do you STRETCH several times EVERY day?
Do you have stretching exercises that you do each time? Or is it more of a random bend-this-way, bend-that-way, kind of stretch?
Do you spend 3 to 5 minutes during each stretch break? Sometimes longer?
Do you make sure you’re stretching various areas of your body?
If you do ALL of the above, congratulate yourself. You’re smart! You’re stretching your body and your mind.
I bet you could each design at least 15 minutes of stretching to do during breaks. If you need a nudge – here’s a link that shows you how to do NECK, HAND, WRIST, FOREARM, SHOULDER, UPPER BACK AND ARM, and LOWER BACK STRETCHES.
HERE’S THE LINK: http://ehs.virginia.edu/ergo/stretch.html
If you need more instruction, you can research the web for free stretch demos (like the link above) or purchase software. You can buy DVD’s, connect with an exercise-buff friend, take an exercise class, or hire a personal trainer.
You can make up your own mini-stretch routine. We’re talking about 3 to 5 minutes of stretching. You have multiple options – and no excuses.
For those who have injuries (i.e., back, neck, shoulder), you can stretch your good parts. Still – no excuses. :-)))
STRETCHING is low-impact. Not intended to do more than give you a gentle stretch. Stretching will increase your circulation, increase your energy, and help reduce the incidence of a repetitive motion injury. Stretching also relieves tension and reduces stress.
Stretching is also a warm-up and cool-down for your exercise session. Create your stretching routine and use it for breaks and before and after you exercise.
If you chose to put more energy into stretching, you could sit on a yoga ball at your computer. You could pop in a DVD and do 5 to 10 minutes of yoga or pilates work during short breaks from writing. You could do Tai Chi or any number of movement-based, stretching, and stress-reducing activities. It’s all good.
Stretching stimulates your body. Stimulates your mind. Stimulates your creativity.
If you want to feel better physically and emotionally – and be more creative – you’ll stretch!
Are you ready to make the commitment? Take stretch breaks every day?
Chime in. Let us all know:
1. What you plan to do
2. How often
3. How you’ll remind yourself . . . use a timer?
4. How you’ll reward yourself when you stick with your plan!
Thank you for dropping by! Again, I appreciate Rose for inviting me to guest blog.
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Margie merges her two worlds, psychology and writing, by analyzing writing craft as well as the psyche of the writer. She presents 1) Empowering Characters’ Emotions, 2) Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices, and More, and 3) Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors in one and two day master classes internationally. She also teaches these topics in month-long on-line courses and offers Lecture Packets through PayPal from her web site. www.MargieLawson.com