Self-Care for Writers: Do You Really Need It? This Will Help You Decide

Becoming an established writer is a long ride to pain and disappointment. We face a lot of rejections, deadlines, and even the most dreaded thing of all – writer’s block. Few are patient and committed enough to get through the ups and downs to build a successful career out of writing. Sadly, many give up when things become tougher for them to handle. We can’t blame anyone for giving up when things are not going as they want them to.

We can see the world right now – it’s moving at a faster pace than ever before. In the past, there were fewer blogs circulating the internet. This would mean one thing for your blog – gaining a lot of exposure without working so hard as there were few people to compete with at that time.

Currently, the blogsphere is expanding. Anyone can start a blog for free on WordPress or any other content management system with the qualification that they had something to share.

The amount of Information and stimuli we receive is increasing every day. Many that want to grow their blog quickly are forced to produce content in batches to keep readers coming and keep the numbers growing.

Consistency, a word that was alien to veteran bloggers, has somehow penetrated the blogosphere and has become a metric for Google. Writers are now judged by how often they publish on their blog. If by any chance you spend a month without posting, your blog traffic will decline terribly. And therefore, we keep creating.

Balancing the world’s constant need for information with our own needs is something few writers have thought about deeply. When was the last time you bothered to asking yourself very personal questions such: How are you doing? Or Have you been feeling energized?

As writers, we give to the world more than we receive, so in order for us to keep creating and producing content for others, we have to prioritize self-care in our writing routine.

Self-care is about paying attention to our physical, mental, and spiritual needs. However, Self-care is not about thinking of our needs while ignoring those of our loved ones.  We should pay attention to our needs because it’s helpful in multiple ways.

1. Our inner critic

One reason self-care is valuable is that it helps you deal with your inner critic or manage negative self-talk. As writers, we are our biggest critics. Whenever we write something, we get the tendency to revise a lot. One of the reasons we do that is that we are not content with what we write, so we try to make it seem perfect.

However, self-care is learning that perfection is immeasurable, especially when it comes to creativity. Writing just like art is developing something from a mistake. A narrative that deviates from its apparent initial direction plot can be turned around to inspire a new plot. One of the best quotes I got from a friend was that a writer is a word weaver. You can turn a bad plot into something better.

2. Manage stress

Another reason self-care is valuable is that it helps you deal with stress that arises from the creative process. We are constantly creating something. It doesn’t matter what it is – It could be a poem, a story, or a blog post. Some of us write for media companies where we have to meet deadlines. Work deadlines are one of the main reasons some writers get stressed out. If you know how to manage your time and attention, you won’t be prone to stress.

3. Prevent loneliness that comes from isolation

Writing is a solitary activity. Aside from our loved ones, most of our time is spent alone with our thoughts. Distraction for some is a hindrance to creativity that’s why some creatives/ writers prefer to isolate themselves from others whenever they’re going to write.

Self-care is knowing that human beings are social animals and isolation contrasts that. Lack of interaction is harmful to one’s mental health. Therefore, be mindful of yourself as you write. Find time in between to talk to someone whenever you can.

4. Manage writer’s block

self-care for writers: writers block

Who has heard of a writer that doesn’t experience writer’s block? If you have, I definitely need to meet them soon because I need to get some tricks from them. Writer’s block is a common occurrence for any writer.

According to the Wikipedia, writer’s block is a condition associated with writing where a writer is unable to produce new work or experiences a creativity slow down. There will be moments during your writing process, where you lack ideas but that doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with you. Sometimes you just need to take a break to refresh your brain to let in new ideas. Self-care might help you do that.

5. Handle critics

As writers, we are constantly faced with rejections and criticism from others. Rejection is a blow to one’s pride and ego and so is criticism. Some of us writers have a hard time putting our work online or even publishing a book because we’re afraid that people will say bad things about it. And so, we keep it from them so people won’t know about our existence.

One of the best advices I got about dealing with critics is to listen to their intention and decide if their feedback is destructive or constructive. If someone was just trying to pick a fight with you on the internet, the best thing you could do is not to give them your attention. I learned all this when I tried to pay attention to how I felt about what others said about my work and so can you.

6. Burnout and all its nasty side effects

Burnout for writers is where one endures prolonged stress from writing. When you’re so stressed out, you tend to feel exhausted every time you try to write. And worst of all, you get to a point where you start to lose interest with your passion. One of the main causes of burnout is extreme activity with a lack of work and life balance. If you notice this, you should try to take action.

7. A critical component in maintaining creativity

self-care for writers: creativity

If you want to reconnect to your creative side, it’s important to have self-care as part of your daily routine. You need to be your number one cheerleader, supporter, confidant, and champion to fully unleash your creativity. You have to treat yourself with love, respect, kindness, and compassion if you want to share the best work to the world.

As writers, we have to stay connected to our creative side. But we can’t do that all the time, so we need to look after ourselves first before sharing what we have with others. We have to face the world head-on to get to where we want to be. All that matters at the end of the day is that we are healthy, happy, and contented with what we do.

Did you find this blog helpful? If there’s anything you’d like to share, feel free to leave a comment.

Published by Yuri

Hi, I'm the blogger behind happecactus. Welcome to my corner of the internet.

21 thoughts on “Self-Care for Writers: Do You Really Need It? This Will Help You Decide”

  1. Writing is TOUGH WORK!

    It is stressful and mentally draining.

    This is why self-care is more than important!

    I take enough naps when I can and exercise daily.

    Writers deserve all the self-care they can get.

    1. Yuri says:

      I agree with you on that. Writing is really tough and mentally draining. Rest is truly important when it comes to self care for creativity. I’m glad that you look after yourself very well. Wish you a great day! 😊

  2. Very helpful tips Yuri😍

    Writing is therapeutic for me, it helps me detox and release myself of stress. However, I get overwhelmed so easily just having to pour out my heart. So I take breaks and step away when I feel overwhelmed.

    1. Yuri says:

      Your right, writing is therapeutic. Sometimes it feels good to let our emotions out even if that means writing them down.

      I keep a journal and I try to write down what I feel when I have time. It’s such a breather! 🙂

      I also agree that pouring our hearts can get overwhelming at some point and it’s nice to take breaks or pause for a moment whenever we can. 🙂

  3. pag na burn out talaga ako. bahala kayo jan i wont do anything even write. pero pag masipag ako nakaka quota na ako ng blogs for the day ganun. i just wish im always masipag para matapos ko na ang backlogs!

    1. Yuri says:

      There’s a way burn out makes you feel unmotivated to do things. I think we can really do a lot more when we take care of ourselves mentally. Thank you so much for stopping by 😊

  4. Totally great list you have here! Yes, we need to manage our stress because now, we constantly have to have an output. TBH, sometimes, having to produce blogs can drain the life out of me. I’ve been burned out so many times so I totally agree we need to look after ourselves as well.

    1. Yuri says:

      Thank you, May for sharing. I also had a similar experience before. Back then, I didn’t know what to do until I discovered self-care. I started to see the positive effects of self-care on my mental health and work-life when I began taking little steps. I was so happy.

  5. I think we all do need self care regardless of your profession. We all need a break from our work, routine, etc because we need time fo ourselves to relax and do something we really love to do that where creativity comes!:)

    1. Yuri says:

      Thanks for stopping by. I agree with you that self-care is really necessary regardless of your profession. What’s really important is that we are rejuvenated mentally and physically before we can take on another day or any task.

  6. Writing is not as easy as others think it is. Seriously, it’s a lot of hard work. So I really agree with you that self-care is important. Not only does it help us ease our mental health but also helps us work efficiently 🙂

    Cielo Fernando | The Girl Behind the Pen

    It might be too late but I just want to share that I wrote something about Valentine’s Day outfit that any girl could pull off! ❤︎ Hope we can also connect here 🙂

    1. Yuri says:

      Hello Cielo,

      Thanks for sharing. I’ll definitely check out your article soon.

  7. This is such a great read specially now that I just started to practice my writing skills too. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Yuri says:

      Thanks for reading. I’m glad you found this article beneficial now that you’ve begun your writing journey. I wish you well.

  8. I got a lot of very useful tips from this blog that i so desperately needed as a writer. I agree with everything you said and I guess what I need right now is some time with my friends, but yeah it’s hard right now because of quarantine.

    1. Yuri says:

      Hi Christian, I’m happy to hear that you found these tips useful to you as a writer. It’s really nice to include self-care in our writing routine. We can do more when we do so.

      I agree with you that quarantine has made it hard for most people to meet and interact. With the availability of technology, I hope we could still connect despite the restrictions.

  9. Veeyah says:

    This hits me in places, haha! I remember joining the blogoshpere in 2009 because i wanted to keep a virtual diary. It was really simple back then too and because blogging wasn’t as saturated, you could upload twice a month and people would still find your blog. Nowadays, it truly takes a lot of effort. Consistency is a huge factor talaga.

  10. I consider writing to be my therapy, my outlet especially when things become stressful. I must admit though that the long process of thinking, drafting, reviewing the draft, publishing, and processing photos for articles can be tiring so, yeah, I take a break by doing non-writing-related stuff.

  11. would you believe that until now, i only write articles and not stories anymore? the writer’s block is so strong that i just wanna cry. this list is a great one to remind me that it’s ok to rest and not worry about writing.

  12. Rowena says:

    Burnout and critics and writer’s block are the challenges that I also face. Hardest I guess is writer’s block specially if you need to finish an article that has a deadline. The other two are sometimes bearable.

  13. Hello Yuri! Hope you are doing well this quarantine.

    Finally, someone has written it. It’s my first time to read an article about self-care for writers and I can relate to the tips you have enumerated. Sometimes we lose the creative juices or slip off from the momentum, but maybe we just need to take a break to bounce back.

    Now, I am inspired to write more frequently and consistently. We just need to be patient with ourselves!

    Keep safe.

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