A good many of you will be writing madly for NaNoMo this month, trying to finish a book in 30 days. How will you stay healthy during this time? As a veteran of numerous NaNoMo’s (otherwise known as the deadline blitz), I have a few suggestions.
1. Drink a lot of water. Then drink some more. Aim for that solid 6-8 glasses every single day to help keep your brain, your joints and your eyes hydrated. It will help get rid of toxins you build up when you’re stressed, too.
If you don’t like plain water, try sparkling water with a splash of fruit juice and plenty of ice. Fill a pitcher with sliced oranges, lemons, limes and fill it with water. Let stand overnight. Hot water with lemon is surprisingly satisfying.
If your local water is not tasty, spring for the bottled version.
2. Eat properly. That means the super easy, super boring idea of having a nicely balanced diet with different colors and textures and not too much of anything. Watch the sugars and excess carbs, because they will make you sleepy at the computer. Save them for rewards after you get your work done.
3. Work in a half hour of fresh air, preferably walking. If you can’t walk, just going outside to breathe counts for a lot. Don’t bring your iPod or your phone or multi-task. Just go out and walk/breathe and let all the stress flow away.
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