Winter can be tough on a writer’s body. We spend so much time at our desks that we may not realize how the combination of cold weather and inactivity are impacting our bodies. But with a few environmental changes, you can take better care of yourself while still focusing on your work.
Problem one: Cold temperatures. If your writing space isn’t close to your house’s heat source, consider a few modifications so you’ll be more comfortable while you write. Install a small portable heater close to your desk. Be sure the heater is in good working condition and that you turn it off when you’re out of the room. Wear a pair of fingerless gloves while you’re typing. Wear socks or slippers, rather than sitting at your desk in bare feet. Keep a sweater or shawl draped over the back of your chair. It’s better to bundle up when you sit down and shed layers, rather than finding you’re cold and stiff halfway through your writing session.
Problem two: Dry skin. Even in the most humid climates, our skin suffers in winter. Keep a non-greasy hand moisturizer on your desk. Two of Kelsey’s favorites are Trader Joe’s A Midsummer Night’s Cream and Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy. Also consider dedicating a spot for a box of tissues and possibly hand sanitizer. Don’t forget the lip balm. Kelsey likes Nature’s Lipcare, but if you need sunscreen in your lip balm, try Neutrogena’s Lip Moisturizer SPF 15. If you keep your feet warm by wearing socks, consider slathering on Vaseline on your feet beforehand. Your soft heels will thank you later.
Problem three: Lack of exercise. Many of us fall victim to the holiday treat syndrome and then find it difficult to shed the pounds because we can’t get outside to exercise. But you don’t have to join a gym to shape up. Consider buying a resistance band and placing it close to your desk. When you take a break each hour (which you are taking, right?), you can grab your band and do a few biceps or triceps exercises. You could also purchase a couple of exercise DVDs to do in your home.
Take stock of your winter health issues and take a few helpful steps. You’ll be healthier, happier, and very likely more productive!