I’ve seen bloggers rig their laptops up to their treadmills and bloggers who use those tilting chairs where all of your weight is on your knees. I’ve even seen bloggers use those large exercise balls for desk chairs. Personally, I don’t see how they do it without breaking something important. Here are five easier tips to help you be a happier, healthier blogger.
Step away from your computer
When I started blogging I was one of those bloggers who sat at my computer 18 hours a day. That lasted for a while and then I started noticing something. Every three or four days I accomplished absolutely nothing. I just sat there, staring at the monitor, trying to force myself to write.
Get away from your computer. No matter how productive you think you are, you’ll be even more productive if you set a work schedule and stick to it. Quit working from the minute you rise to the minute you go back to bed again. Your brain needs a break.
Get some regular exercise – regularly
Every two hours I get up from my computer and do something for 10 minutes. I might do some housework. I might do some laundry. I might walk my dogs or walk to the corner coffee shop. Sitting in the same position for hours on end causes back, neck and leg pain and you could even do some permanent damage.
Eat a decent meal every day
The last thing I want to do when I’m in the middle of a killer blog post is stop and fix myself a meal. Consequently, the pizza guy knows exactly what I want when he sees my number on his caller ID and the guy at the convenience store across the street keep my favorite chips and soda behind the counter.
Eating a diet of nothing but junk food and not only will you gain weight, eventually you can do some serious damage to your digestive system, your heart, your liver, and even your immune system. Put some of your favorite fruits in a basket on your desk. Buy pre-made salads and keep them in your fridge. And cut out the soda pop, candy bars and chips.
Get 8 hours of sleep every night
I know, I hate to make time for sleep just as much as you do, but the adult human body craves 7-8 hours of sleep every single night. Skip one night and you’ll probably be fine. But if you’re only getting 4 hours of sleep every single night you’re doing some serious harm to your body. Again, set yourself a blogging schedule and stick to it.
We really don’t worry about being a happier, healthier blogger until we start having some serious health issues. After all, we’re thoroughly engrossed in work we enjoy. But it’s important to remember we’re only human and even bloggers who sit behind a desk all day need to take care of their bodies.