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When You’re Not Well

Writing is hard enough without ill health getting in the way. So how do you write when you’re not well?

When I say ‘ill’ or ‘sick’ I’m referring mostly to long term issues. Constant pain, fatigue or weakness can make life extremely difficult. Even more so when you want to be creative and just can’t or can’t do much.

We look at other writers who can pound out a book or two a year, write a blog, make writing courses, travel the world and speak about writing and juggling kids and home, all the while wearing their wonder woman or superman onesies (and looking fabulous). Just thinking about it makes me tired. There are those out there that are blessed with good health and are doing something with it. I say good for them.

So that’s what a healthy writer looks like. Sort of. So what does it look like when a writer isn’t well?

Here’s some insider insight for you.

I’m not well. I’ve always struggled with my health. Due to a heart condition, overactive thyroid and recently diagnosed fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and pain have plagued me all my life and has greatly affected my ability to do as much as I want to. Having said that, and not because I want to whine or gather sympathy, I am doing well enough, at least at the moment.

For more on fibromyalgia go to: The Fibromanual: A Complete Fibromyalgia Treatment Guide for You and Your Doctor 

“I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

You may have experienced sickness like mine in one way shape or form. I’m glad if you haven’t. Whatever illness is restricting you, what does it look like? How does your writing suffer? What small steps can you take to improve your ability to write? If you’re stuck for ideas, why not write about your illness even if you never publish it? It can be very therapeutic.

One thing I keep telling myself is to take it one day at a time. Yesterday is gone. Today is new and different. Tomorrow isn’t promised. So take today as a gift and do what you can. Even if it’s one thing, it means you are still moving forward, albeit slowly. Other days will be more productive. It’s okay to take a breath and regain some energy from the day before and refocus.

I try to choose my writing times wisely. Usually when no one is home or the kids are in bed. Writing in between household chores is good too because I’m not sitting for too long and getting a headache. Breaking up my day into smaller manageable chunks definitely helps my productivity.

Writing is my passion and if you’re reading this then it’s yours too. We can’t let illness or other things to get in the way of what we love to do. So keep going, bit by bit and you won’t be as discouraged. You CAN do it. Because you’re amazing. I mean it.

No matter what, keep going. You’ll thank your past self for sure.

What helps you to keep going when you’re not well? How do you manage your day?

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Thanks for reading!

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