Spring and the Writer

Like everything else, our bodies react when the seasons change. Now that spring has officially come, I’m short on patience. I want to go outside, dig in the dirt, walk everywhere, and get everything in my house cleaned and reorganized. I want to bake, write the great American novel (ha, ha…), make new friends, go adventuring…

I’m awake. I’m alive, and boy, do I know it this time of year.

Some things (writing included), are more cerebral than others, and while they are good tasks, and necessary things to accomplish, they tend to be less desirable this time of year, if you’re anything like me. Granted, not a lot of people are as “driven” as I am; I have a high energy level, a high metabolism, and if I don’t do enough physically, the leftover energy transfers to emotional energy, which leads to issues more often than not. (Too much information, I’m sure, but I wanted to give you a frame of reference for how nuts I am…)

So, this week, I decided to talk about some ways to get out some of your physical energy and recharge your mental energy. These methods work fairly well for me, but they may not work for everyone. Let’s dive in!

  • Walking outdoors.
    This method is very effective, though not always an option; inclement weather, severe allergies, tick-heavy areas, bad health, or loose dogs/strangers wandering the neighborhood can be an issue. If you live near a park, this can eliminate some of those problems, though not all of them. Switching up your route can be beneficial for your physical and mental development; new sights and sounds are healthy stimulation, and differences in terrain or length of walks can push your body to new limits. A friend of mine swears by walking her dog, but I walk with siblings or alone. (No dog; too many allergies. 😉)

    During your walk, you can bring some hand weights (to help with excess energy), an audiobook/mp3 player (for extra mental recharge), or a paper with things to pray about/for on it. I’ve been known to burst out into slightly-tone-deaf song, but I have traffic to compete with, audibly, so I don’t think anyone really minds. (That being said, if you have been sick of hearing that crazy person singing up the street from you, dear reader… I’m sorry. Let me know to keep it down in the comments.)

  • Exercise indoors.
    This can include calisthenics (squats, push-ups and the like), following along with an exercise video (some good ones can actually be found on YouTube if you don’t personally have access to many), and/or using an exercise bicycle or weights, if you have access to those.
  • Cleaning a closet/dresser.
    Not even a closet or dresser, necessarily; just think of a small centralized project, one with clear boundaries. You would be surprised how refreshing completing a small cleaning job can be, and “a cluttered area equals a cluttered mind”, as a close friend of mine says. Removing a distraction can be very calming, especially if you choose your desk! Having order around you is stress-relieving, and the feeling that you’ve accomplished something, even if it’s small or silly, is a beneficial mood-booster.
  • Window shopping.
    Lots of people go to stores with the intent of buying something. If you have the time to spare, just go to a secondhand store, or an antique store, or a craft store, and wander. Make a point of going down aisles you wouldn’t normally, or looking at every item within a specific section, or just looking for things that would work with a current story idea. Don’t buy anything; or don’t go with very much money, if you needed to make the trip for something else. These sorts of trips are for the refreshment of your mind, and for fun. There’s no obligation involved, and you might find inspiration in the strangest of places. Yard sales are also good for this, especially neighborhood sales where you can wander for longer.
  • Household chores.
    Doing dishes is one I personally do a lot, although if you can find one without too many others vying for it (say, cleaning the bathroom), those work just as well. As I said before, the feeling that you have accomplished something, especially something useful, is a mood-booster.

  • Dancing.
    Put on your favorite CD and dance! If you are uncomfortable with someone watching you dance, go to a private place. Put on some headphones. If you want some company, invite your siblings, roommates, etc. to join you.

  • Gardening.
    Acquire a pot or plot, and spend some time outside taking care of it. Even if you just have a tiny porch, interaction with plants is good for your mind. Plants depend on you, though not as much as a pet does. Deadheading, watering, and such take time and care, and investing the time yields worthwhile rewards.

  • Playing a game standing up.
    Board games are great, though if you have a video game system that would work well with standing, you can try it… though I suggest keeping time to half an hour or less. Screenless stimulation is better for your creative energies.

  • Running an errand.
    Sometimes just getting out of your home/school/work is nice. Even if it’s a boring, mindless task. Get a list together and go out, run all your errands at once, and get something accomplished.

  • Compose a letter on the fridge or a whiteboard.
    Sometimes changing up what sort of thing you’re writing can help, (and handwritten letters are a dying art that should be revived!) and getting off of your seat can also help! Plus, this helps you keep in contact with people you love and care about.

  • Playing outdoors.
    I like to play a rowdy outdoor game with little siblings (fox and pies is a particular favorite), but you could ride a bike, or do some chalk art. If you’re brave enough, the temperature is high enough, and you can spare an egg, you could even try frying an egg on the sidewalk. It has been done before… although this may be more of a summer activity, in the long run. 😉

    So there’s a few ideas to manage your various energies this time of year, especially as a writer. Thank you for coming by! Have a good week!

    Writing progress: 3747 words.


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