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Writers and Depression – part 2

April 10th, 2013

Right, after last week, I bet some of you are fretting. Well, there’s no need, because writers’ depression is easily avoidable.

There are plenty of things you can do to help yourself:

Join a writing group

Attend a creative writing course or go to writing conferences – this way you can get out of the house and meet other people legitimately – it’s part of your research. This will help keep you from feeling lonely and getting down.

Go for a walk

Moving is a great preventative for depression, it produces the feel-good hormone serotonin. And, frankly, there’s nothing better for making you feel happier than getting outside and feeling the sun/wind/rain (delete as appropriate) on your face. Take your notebook and pen with you so you can note down flashes of inspiration as you go.

Eat the right diet

Make sure you eat a varied diet with plenty of foods that are rich in vitamins E and B, which have happiness boosting properties. Plus, ensure you include adequate time to eat during your day and stop writing while you are eating. It’ll give your eyes and brain a rest and allow you to concentrate on enjoying your food.

Get adequate lighting

Make sure you have plenty of natural sunlight. If you don’t, get a sunlight simulation bulb. This helps keep your eyes strain free by boosting the contrast between dark and light making it easier to read. This reduces the likelihood of you getting headaches too. Plus, they are energy efficient, using 80% less energy while lasting 10 times longer than a normal bulb.

Take care of your posture

Again, there are plenty of things you can do to make sure your posture is good. Wave stools are one good way to start. They make you sit in the correct position which alleviates and prevents all kinds of issues later on, such as repetitive strain injuries.

Exercises at your desk or ‘deskercize’!

There are some small exercises you can do to make sure you keep your posture good and aches and pains away. Here are some to get you going – Computer and Desk Stretches.

Call a friend

This sounds so simple, but if you start to feel lonely, call a friend. A few minutes chat will give your brain a rest and cheer you up.

Listen to music

Some music has anti-depression effects. For example Baroque music has 60 beats per minute, which creates an alpha brainwave state and synchronises the left and right brain, which can help boost writing creativity and concentration. Here are some great tracks to try:

Corelli’s Concerti Grossi Op. 6, Violin and Orchestra in No. 2, 8, 5, 9.

J.S. Bach’s Fantasy in C Minor and Trio in D minor

Vivaldi’s Five Concertos for Flute and Chamber Orchestra

See, it’s not so hard is it? Just do these simple things, all of which are really pleasant, and you’ll keep the blues at bay. If you have any other suggestions, please let me know so I can pass them on to others.

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