For many, autumn brings to mind new beginnings.
Memories of new school years and associations with new subjects, new books – maybe even a new uniform and a new school – can create a feeling of starting afresh.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could tap into that feeling of resetting your life and starting anew whenever you wanted?
The good news is you can and doing so could help your writing.
How is your energy?
Energy can be a key factor influencing mental state. If you lack energy, you may feel lethargic and unable to motivate yourself to write. Having too much energy, however, can make you agitated and unable to settle into the task ahead.
Take a moment to check your energy levels. How do you feel?
If your energy is out of balance, one of the simplest ways to reset it is through your posture. Well-worn phrases such as ‘my heart lifted’ or ‘my stomach sank’ are clichés to avoid in writing but they demonstrate that posture has a direct impact on how we feel.
Assuming you don’t have any underlying health issues, you can shift your mental state by changing your posture and set yourself up for a good writing day.
There are two, simple techniques you can use to balance your energy and each requires just a few minutes to complete.
If you have any health concerns or you are unsure if the exercises are suitable for you, however, do check with a medical professional before having a go.
Boost your energy
If your energy levels need a boost, The Shimmy is for you.
- Stand with your feet roughly hip-width apart and have a little shimmy. Think of a dog shaking itself dry and imagine doing the same; shaking yourself from your head to your feet. You don’t have to do it vigorously or for more than a few seconds but try and move your whole body.
- Once you’ve finished, stand up straight again, raise your arms up over your head and stretch up.
- If you feel comfortable, and your back will allow you to, arch your back slightly, lifting your chest and literally lifting your heart.
- Hold that stretch as you take one or two deep breaths then lower your arms and relax.
Enjoy the sense of renewed energy as you get going with your writing.
Calm your energy
Sometimes, rather than increasing energy levels, you may need to calm and ground. Do this with The Curl. It’s the opposite of ‘heart lifting’ and should make you feel relaxed.
- Again, start by standing up straight with your feet roughly hip-width apart. Now bend forward from the hips and let your torso hang. You can bend your knees as much as you need in order to be comfortable – the point of the exercise isn’t to stretch your hamstrings but to lower your heart.
- You could even do this seated in a chair. As you bend forward, relax and let go of any stiffness in your neck and shoulders, letting your head and arms hang down towards the floor.
- Stay in this position for one or two breaths or for as long as feels comfortable. When you’re ready to stand up, do so slowly and bring your head up last as you straighten up.
- If you’ve held the position for a while, you may want to hold onto something as you come out of it to make sure you don’t lose your balance.
Notice how much calmer and more relaxed you feel – ready to settle down and tackle your latest writing project.
With these two easy techniques, you can reset your energy levels to the optimum whenever you want to write or focus. Write well!