- Sleep – Everyone needs sleep. Some need more than others, so be sure you know how much you require to keep your mind sharp and your body healthy.
- Exercise/physical activity – This is one that I need to do for myself more. Running, yoga, even doing squats in your living room can help keep you healthy and invigorate your mind. As writers, we sit in front of a computer most of the time, trying to get our books and stories written. So much time seated and stationary makes for some wicked cellulite… Not that I’d know… Ahem.
- Relaxation – Different from sleep, this is important to recharge your mind and spirit. Too much work can exhaust a person to the point of mental breakdown. So do something that relaxes you, even if that is doing nothing at all! Try going to the spa, staring out a window, sitting in a hot tub, and even laying on a blanket in a field staring at the clouds in the sky… Provided it’s appropriate weather, that is.
- Social interaction – If you’re an introvert like me, this can seem counter-productive, but it isn’t. Even introverts need a bit of it now and then. Hang out with friends and family OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOUSE!! And I don’t mean on the doorstep to your house. I mean, get out of your house with your significant other and see a movie and eat at a nice restaurant (in other words, go on a date). Have a girls/boys night out. Join a book club or a writer’s group! Extra points if you do both=)
Now for the winner of NEVERWHERE by Neil Gaiman:
Congratulations! I will get in touch with you soon so we can get you your book=)