Lately, I’ve been sporadic when it comes to blogging and posting on my various social media networks. The reality is I’m becoming more and more withdrawn.
I’ve been suffering from chronic pain for two years, and a few months ago, I asked my doctor how long I’m likely to put up with my chronic condition. She told me it ‘could last for quite some time yet.’ Earlier this month, I’ve been doing one-on-one sessions for my chronic pain through my local health service. Although they’re simple, these exercises leave me sore and tired (and some days, all I want to do is sleep). As recently as a few days ago, I was in the worst pain I’ve been in for some time. I could not put my left foot down, preventing me from walking as the pain shot all the way from my lower back down to my foot. I had to lean on my husband to help me sit down. Thankfully, the pain eventually went away, but I had to use an old crutch for a while. We’re considering purchasing a cane in case I ever experience such a thing again.
As a result, I’ve made the decision to take a large step away from social media. I will still use it, but nowhere near as often as I once did. It’s always been a distraction from writing, which has been so important to me, but for now, my health comes first.
Our health – both physically and mentally – play a large part of the writing process. It’s something that can easily be forgotten when it comes to being a creative. No matter how much writing advice there is, take it all with a grain of salt. Use what sounds reasonable to you and forget the rest. Listen to what your body is telling you.
When I self-published in 2019, I listened to all the advice – don’t do this, don’t do that, the ONLY way to be successful is to do X. I became anxious, overwhelmed, and exhausted. I began writing because I enjoyed it. Listening to all the ‘advice’ took that away from me. I want to find that pleasure once more.
Yes, I will continue to blog as I really enjoy it (it is writing, after all), however, you should find me reasonably quiet (especially on other platforms). How long for, I don’t know. Perhaps, this may become a permanent fixture. After all, silence is golden. 😉
What do you do to take care of your physical and mental health when it comes to writing? Have you had to take a hiatus from social media?