I've got two special guests here today Dr Sylvia Greene a general medical practitioner and Mark Bastian a naturopath and acupuncturist both characters from Juliet Madison's new book THE JANUARY WISH. They'll be sharing their top health tips for writers with the help of their creator who has a health science degree in complementary medicine and is a qualified naturopath.
(PS They've also got a bit of a giveaway for you too!)
Welcome to Téa Time Treat Juliet, Sylvia and Mark I can't wait to hear your top tips!
Dr Sylvia Greene’s Top 5 Health Tips for Writers:
1. Follow a balanced routine and take regular breaks. Allocate time for each important part of your life, and don’t forego sleep or exercise for your writing.
2. Sleep eight hours a night if possible and use an eye mask to maximise your melatonin levels for better quality sleep (if you have young kids that wake you up, take the odd nap when you can to catch up, though try to stick to the same bedtime and waking time each day). Also get a dose of sunlight first thing in the morning both for vitamin D and for setting your body clock.
3. Be consistent with exercise, make it a priority and schedule it in your diary each week. Treat it like an appointment you have to attend. Writing involves a lot of sitting and you need to counteract this to help prevent obesity and cardiovascular problems.
4. Have an annual health assessment with your GP. Also have regular blood pressure checks. Just like actors, writers’ bodies can undergo physiological changes as they experience different emotions during the writing process, and sedentary occupations or stress can lead to a higher incidence of high blood pressure.
5. Don’t overdo the alcohol, keep to the recommended guidelines for adults based on your gender, and be sure to have two or more alcohol-free days each week. Remember, alcohol inhibits brain function and results in reduced concentration and planning skills. Save it mostly for celebrating those publishing contracts and writing achievements.
Right, I hope you've taken those in - especially #5!
Mark Bastian’s Top 5 Health Tips for Writers:
1. Stay hydrated. Inadequate water intake is a common cause of fatigue and poor concentration. Aim for 6-8 glasses a day and use a quality water filter. You can also add a squeeze of lemon to help normalise pH levels in the body and counteract acid-producing foods such as grains, meats, and dairy. If you forget to drink water, set a reminder beep on your phone or computer every hour.
2. Eat small, low GI meals or snacks every 2 hours or so. This will help keep your blood sugar levels steady which will help concentration and energy. Good meals include protein like lean meat, poultry, fish, or eggs, along with high-fibre vegetables or salad and a small amount of carbohydrate. Snack on fruit, nuts and seeds, a little dark chocolate even, and try homemade healthy muffins made from almond meal and sweetened with either Xylitol or stevia. You can also use these natural sweeteners in place of sugar if you drink tea or coffee, though I recommend minimising intake of those beverages. Caffeine actually reduces blood flow to the brain. Dandelion tea is a good substitute.
3. Take quality nutritional supplements for overall health including a good quality multivitamin & mineral, and fish oil for brain function and concentration. A naturopath can advise you of the best formula for your needs, as not all are created equal and some cheaper brands are not well absorbed by the body or may have synthetic ingredients. A naturopath can also test your zinc levels through a simple taste test. Zinc deficiency often results in poor concentration too, among other things.
4. Reduce intake of artificial additives including preservatives, flavour enhancers, colours, and artificial sweeteners as they can affect behaviour, mood, and concentration, and put an extra load on the body to process them. Stick to basic, natural foods at least 80% of the time.
5. Keep good posture while writing to prevent structural problems and pain. Stretch regularly, exercise daily, and use massage and acupuncture for those niggling pains in the back, neck, and hands.
So there you go, writers, some great tips to help you maximise your concentration and overall health! Why not give some a try? But of course, these are not a replacement for individual medical advice so remember to see your health professional with any concerns you may have.
There's a serious absence of chocolate. It definitely maximises my concentration!
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THE JANUARY WISH
When Dr Sylvia Greene makes an impromptu wish at the Tarrin’s Bay Wishing Festival, it's the most out of character action she can think of. Hers is not a life of wishes. Hers is a controlled life of order, plans and preparation…of science and research and diagnosis and treatment. But her past has been weighing on her mind, and decisions made long ago have far-reaching consequences.
A week later, the daughter she secretly gave up for adoption at sixteen arrives in Sylvia's small coastal town with secrets that can't be shared. Between feelings of guilt, gossip, and a growing attraction to an emotionally unavailable colleague, Sylvia's well-ordered life is soon thrown into chaos. She is no longer alone, and for the first time she feels as if her world is open to possibilities.
They say be careful what you wish for, but, for Sylvia, the unexpected consequences may be just what the doctor ordered.
You could also win a $25 Amazon gift voucher and a coastal photographic print of the setting of THE JANUARY WISH. Competition is open worldwide and the winner will be drawn at the
beginning of February.
That's only a week away - don't miss out! Thanks for stopping by Juliet and friends - I am heading off to put all your advice into practise....tomorrow!
Living near the beach on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales, Australia, Juliet spends her time running her internet business, raising her son, writing as often as she can, and doing her best to avoid housework.
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