Learning How To Recharge Yourself

Stop Making Recharging Your Battery So Difficult

If you continue to try operating on a dead battery, you will never hit those targets.

I’ve said this on more than one occasion. We writers are sometimes our own worst enemies. We push ourselves a lot of times, forcing ourselves to perform some of the most herculean efforts of binge writing the world has ever witnessed.

And then we fall, and fall hard.

Lying on the mat staring up at the glimmering lights above, our brain continues to tell us, “I told you so. I told you we were about to run out of juice. All you had to do was take a few breaks along the way to recharge your battery but noooooo. You thought you knew better. You’re the writer you tell me. You know what you’re doing. Well, riddle me this Batman. How much writing are you gonna try when like the fool you are you let your battery die?”

I’m sure a lot of us probably learned by falling down and smashing into parked cars, but eventually, we learned.

But nobody ever taught us how to recognize the moment our mental and physical batteries were about to fizzle out and it was time to recharge. Worse, no one showed us how to even recharge when we needed to.

Correct, habits and routines.

It’s just like the habits we creatives adopt in order to maintain our regular writing pace.

We need to stop making it so difficult for ourselves.

Teach yourself to:

  1. If you write heavily on the weekends as I do, then quit early on both Saturday and Sunday. Say around two-thirty or three in the afternoon and spend the rest of the day doing absolutely nothing but taking walks with your partner if the weather permits or sipping coffee or tea or your beverage de jour curled up in your favorite hideaway with one of your favorite writers.
  2. Read your favorite writers here if you must, but do not break the cardinal rule of trying to write something after you’ve just quit for the day.
  3. Sleep for God’s sake. I don’t mind admitting that I turn into a pumpkin around eight-thirty in the evening and normally I sleep until five AM. It doesn’t matter what the experts say about needing less sleep when you get older. I’ve been drooling on my pillow for eight and a half hours a night for years and I’m soon to be turning sixty-seven in a couple of months and I intend to keep on doing it.
  4. Listen to music (not while you’re writing another article) just for the joy of hearing the sweet sounds and melodies. Sing or dance along with the music like no one is watching.
  5. Cry if you feel like it. I know that sounds pretty weird, but sometimes the weight of things gets so heavy shedding a few tears has a way of releasing the burden.
  6. Make recharging your mind and your soul a priority and never, never, ever, put your passion to create above your physical and mental health.

Recharging needn’t be a task so difficult that no one can, or is willing, to perform it.

But without it, there is only so long we can go before our mental and physical batteries discharge completely.

Thanks for reading

Let’s keep in touch: paul@pgbarnett.com

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A published author enjoying married Texas bliss. Dog person living with cats. A writer of Henry James' stories. Featured In MuckRack. Top Writer In Fiction.

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