It’s simple: The healthier you are, the better you feel and the more you accomplish in all areas of your life, including your freelance writing.
If you’re sick, you obviously don’t feel well and you won’t get much done, writing or otherwise.
Avoiding Communicable Diseases
For starters, minimize your risk of catching communicable illnesses. These include colds and the flu, and also intestinal and other diseases, that are transmitted by others. Viruses are most commonly transmitted through the air and also from touching surfaces that contain infected bodily fluids. Other communicable diseases such as many intestinal ailments are transmitted primarily through contaminated water and food.
Here are 8 tips for avoiding communicable diseases:
1. Wash your hands frequently, especially after shaking hands, touching surfaces such as door knobs and other items often touched by others, preparing food, being around sick people, or any time after you’ve touched something icky.
2. Minimize the amount of time you are in close proximity to people who have colds or the flu. You can catch these just by breathing in airborne viruses.
3. Get flu shots every year, as early as possible. They are quite safe, although a small minority can have a reaction that is similar to the flu. I’ve gotten flu shots just about every year since the mid-1990s and I haven’t had the flu since.
4. If you get a cold or the flu, do the world a favor: stay home and minimize contact with everyone, including household members. Always sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow or into a handkerchief. Basically, keep your saliva and snot away from others as best as you can.
5. Drink water that has been adequately filtered or treated to remove or kill pathogens.
6. Eat fruits and vegetables that have been thoroughly washed with clean water.
7. If you eat meat, be sure it has been properly processed, stored, and cooked.
8. Make sure that all the other foods and drinks you ingest have been handled and stored properly.
Avoid Major Diseases
Do what you can to avoid the biggy diseases that can really get you down, and even kill you. Here are the major diseases that kill people in the West and how you can decrease the chances you’ll get them:
Heart disease. Eat a heart-healthy diet, minimize stress, and get regular and moderate exercise.
Cancer. Eat a good diet rich in vegetables and whole grains. Minimize exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.
Lung problems. Don’t smoke. Do everything you can to breathe air that’s as pure as possible. Exercise regularly.
Note: For all health issues, you should get advice from your doctor. You should also get regular check-ups. I get a physical on a nearly annual basis.
Here are 8 general points on staying healthy:
- Eat the right foods in the right quantities.
- Maintain your proper weight.
- Drink lots of water.
- Exercise in moderate amounts.
- Enjoy loving relationships.
- Minimize stress.
- Read books by qualified professionals on the latest research related to all of these, and apply what you learn.
No One Has Perfect Health…
Including me. The point is to do the best you can and keep improving. And if you have a serious health issue, follow your doctor’s advice on the best ways to treat it and stay as active as possible.
How does your health impact your writing — and other areas of your life? What are you doing, or what will you start doing now, to improve your health?