Daily #84: Back pain

The first thing I did this morning was some yoga. I woke up, and instead of spending the following 30 minutes in bed mindlessly browsing my phone like I usually do, I brought up a yoga video on my phone and followed it for the same amount of time.

It’s not the first time I’ve done some yoga, but it’s definitely the first time I’ve done it as early as that. Last year, I completed Yoga With Adriene’s 30 Days of Yoga challenge (successfully, too). Unfortunately, I stopped once I’d finished. I absolutely recommend looking at her channel – she has loads of incredibly well-made videos for yoga tutorials, and she is a born teacher. Her tutoring isn’t obnoxious, and it can be so encouraging and well-timed that it feels like she’s talking directly to you.

The reason I finally tried yoga again is because my new routine of writing all day at work, then coming home and writing all evening is taking its toll on my back. Neither my home or work desks have standing capability, so I’m stuck sitting for most of the day by virtue of what I’m doing. My back has been becoming stiffer and stiffer, to the point where it’s straight up frustrating to deal with the pain all the time.

I’m happy to report that my experiment this morning was a success, and I intend to try it again tomorrow. I felt a bit more limber during the day. For now, to ease myself into it, I’m going to be following the same routine each day: Yoga For Writers (fitting, right?). It’s a fairly straightforward routine which obviously hits the points I need to hit to be a bit more comfortable during the day. I hope to progress onto completing more of her 30-day challenges after getting used to the morning routine.

The reason I’ve decided to do it in the morning is simply because I feel like I have too much to do in the evenings. Almost all of it is self-inflicted, and I enjoy it, but it’s piling on a bit so I have to try and fit as much into my day as possible. Those things include:

  • Proofing my friend’s novel – I believe I have around ten chapters left to go on this.
  • Writing a blog post (500 words) each day
  • Writing a short story I’m working on
  • Writing a week’s worth of blog posts in advance – I’ll explain this soon!
  • Maintaining my social media profiles and engagement
  • Writing my novel draft
  • And now, doing yoga (or otherwise maintaining my health).

Considering I also work 40 hours a week, it’s a lot. I’m still getting used to this relatively new routine, and the more I do, the more I want to do. It’s a struggle to make sure I have enough time to complete everything each day. That’s why I’m using my mornings before work, as well as my lunch break (in which I try and write at least 500 words of my novel draft) to get through as much as possible.

There’s only so much time in the day and week, and I have to factor in other things I end up doing – for instance, I went out for a meal tonight for my partner’s mum’s birthday, there’s another meal on Friday for our friend’s birthday, and I’m going to a gathering at my other friend’s new house for the whole of Saturday night. Of course, not every week is this busy, but those are other things which can wipe out a day or evening.

Speaking of wiping out an evening, it’s time for bed for me. Hopefully I’ll have some more time tomorrow!

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