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Got Writer's Cramp?

VQ Staff - Friday, June 27, 2014

You're sitting at your desk, and you've been writing for hours upon hours to meet a looming deadline. Sitting at your desk, hunched over, staring at the computer screen, typing and scrolling away, completely engrossed in the task. Well, it's time for you to take a quick break and give your body a rest for a few minutes. While you may not have enough time to get outside to take a walk, there are plenty of fast exercises to stretch.

Here are some wrist and forearm stretches:

Some ideas for stretching fingers include:
-Alternating making a tight fist and spreading and stretching your fingers out as wide as you can.
-Make circular movements both clockwise and anti-clockwise from the main knuckle joint with each finger.

And while your arms, wrists, and fingers may be tired of typing, you can ease additional tension in your shoulders and neck by stretching as well. For your neck, "gently move your neck from side to side in a smooth motion" and repeat for about a minute. Another exercise to try is to "slowly lift your chin up from near your shoulder to point towards the ceiling." For your shoulders, swing your arms from side to side to squeeze and extend your shoulder blades.

Taking a few minutes to look away from your hard work and to stretch your body, or even just walk around your house for a little while, is very beneficial. Though it's important to meet deadlines, writing, typing, or editing for hours on end strains our bodies and staring at the screen for long periods of time is not good for our eyes.

Is your body still tense, but you need to continue writing? Try listening to an endless playlist of film soundtracks. There are no distracting lyrics, and it can help motivate you and give you just the push you need to finish: 

Good luck, and keep on writing! We'll be cheering you on!


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