Friday, Jan 02, 2009

Sound Body, Sound Mind

Dear Power Writer, 

Happy New Year! I pray that this will be your best year yet in every area of your life. 

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard the expression, “Sound body, sound mind.” I believe the reverse is also true. But today we’re going to focus on a sound body and its relation to a successful writing career. 

Let’s first define a sound body. A sound body is one that has all systems functioning properly, that is strong, and that is full of energy. Does this describe your body? If not, it’s time to do something about it, wouldn’t you agree? 

Having been through several health challenges over the years, I have learned that taking care of my body is paramount to fulfilling God’s call on my life to write. When I have not felt well, my writing has suffered. But when I feel well and energetic, my writing progresses in leaps and bounds. 

Here are a few tips to help you get your body in tiptop shape during 2009: 

1) Eat healthfully. The Bible is a great guide to what we should eat. Include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Drink plenty of water daily (half your weight in ounces). 

2) Exercise regularly, at least three times a week for a minimum of 20 minutes. Exercise increases circulation which increases white cell count which boosts immunity. 

3) Get enough sleep. Optimum sleep for most people is eight hours a night. Also, going to sleep at least two hours before midnight seems to prove more beneficial than going to sleep after midnight. 

If you have not been practicing the above tips, determine to do so starting today. Then look for the positive results in your writing that come from having a sound body. 



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3 thoughts on “Sound Body, Sound Mind

  1. Hi Mary Ann –

    I’d heard about getting 2 hours of sleep before midnight. I tested this out, and found I felt a lot better in the morning if I turned out the lights at 10:00 P.M. or earlier.

    Bizarre dreams may not be connected to depression or the supernatural. Going heavy on the sweets late at night can trigger some unique flights of fancy.

    Thanks for reminding us a healthy, energetic body will make us more productive.

    Susan 🙂

    January 2, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    • You’re right, Susan. Often if we eat late, we can experience bad dreams caused by indigestion. A good rule of thumb is to allow three hours between your last meal and bedtime.

      Thanks for your comments. 🙂



      January 2, 2009 at 8:04 PM

  2. I know these things are true … it’s something I have to come to grips on myself. It’s a matter of self-control and with the extreme amount of stress in my life, it’s difficult. But I’m trying!

    Eating right and exercising really do make you feel better.

    January 3, 2009 at 3:49 PM