While I was on my little sabbatical I was concentrating on trying to get my health back up to scratch. It was one of the reasons I took the break, along with many others. I came to, what I guess you could call, an epiphany. Want to know what it was? Of course you do, everyone likes an epiphany, right? All right, well here it is:
Your brain can’t work to it’s optimum best if you are not looking after your body.
There, I said it…and now you’re all going to hate me for it, but it’s true. I’ll go into all the scientific’s about how the brain works on junk food and on healthy food, on exercise and on sitting on your butt all day in another post later down the track.
Now, I’m all for sitting down at the computer with a nice glass of wine (or port as I’ve been known to indulge in) and a huge slab of chocolate for company while I write, but I can’t do that every time I sit down and write. Just the same, I can’t sit at my computer all day and forget to eat because the story is flowing through me so magnificently (I’m not speaking from much experience here, ah-hum). Your brain needs nutrients and oxygen to function well, and, I’m sorry, but chocolate and wine don’t contain the correct nutrients for proper brain function, nor does sitting all day provide your brain with a goodly amount of oxygen (never mind what sitting for days on end does to your rear-end…another post completely).
It’s a horrible truth, really, but a truth it is.
I know, the thought of exercise often dredges up feelings of utter dread in the average person, I know it does for me, but afterwards I know I feel amazing and the writing flows better for it. You don’t have to have a gym subscription, you don’t have to have a home gym, heck, if you don’t like walking, you don’t have to do that. Just a few simple exercises (although walking is a good one) done at home can make a world of difference. Trust me, I know. My writing has improved a heap since I started getting out of the chair every now and then, my treadmill has become my new idea generator. If you’re stuck for ideas, go for a walk in the outdoors, go somewhere you can people watch…always good idea fodder.
So, in short, don’t waste your brain by eating junk and sitting on your behind all day long trying to get those ideas out…get out there, do ten minutes of exercise before you start, take a break, eat better and save the chocolate and wine for a treat (I told you you’d hate what I was going to say). You’ll be doing your brain and your writing a favour.
For those of you who already do these things, what do you do to keep your brain functioning well?