Friday, January 29, 2021

Digital Soul Care for Writers


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

As writers in this day and time, we combat a specific kind of stress—digital. Because of that, I've discovered there are certain things I need to build into my life to stay healthy—spiritually, physically, and emotionally. So below are my tips, along with helpful Bible verses for each one, and a short resource section of other places to go for Soul Care.

17 Digital Soul Care Tips for Writers

1. Decide on boundaries, write them down and STICK with them. (Psalm 16:5-6) These are some of mine: 
  • My time is no longer driven my phone. 
  • I set a time to return text messages, emails and phone calls—and it’s not during lunch or after working hours.
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I have set office time. And my phone is NOT my office.
I don’t work during family time. 
  • I am specific with clients on what type of correspondence I expect. For example, while I will answer emergency text messages, all other correspondence should be in email. 
2. Weekends off are now the norm, NOT the exception. (Mark 2:27) 


3. Learn to limit digital meetings. Zoom Fatigue is a real thing! (Psalm 127:2) 


4. Work smarter, not harder when connecting with your audience. (Proverbs 2:11) 


5. Families come first. (1 Timothy 3:5) 


6. Be aware of the pressure coming at you right now and make your own decisions. (Colossians 2:8) 


7. Kick up the volume. I love to play praise music while I work, and at other times. It really refocuses me. (Psalm 71:14) 


8. Relationships matter, and beyond that, they need nurturing to survive. (Romans 12:10) 

9. Reach out when you’re down. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)  

10. Field trips are time well spent. (Hebrews 11:3) 

11. Mix it up. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

12. Quit judging how you’re doing by what you’re accomplishing. (Mark 6:31) 

13. It’s okay (even encouraged) to have hobbies that have NOTHING to do with writing and/or reading. (Ephesians 2:10) 

14. Keep moving. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) 

15. Be gentle with yourself. (Luke 12:7) 

16. Write it down. Journaling helps me process life. In addition, it gives me good material for future projects. (Matthew 13:52)


17. Seek time apart with God. (Psalm 1:2) 

Additional Resources
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Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.Connect with her on her website, through Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram.

15 comments:

  1. Edie,

    What a great series of digital insights for our soul care as writers. Thank you. I especially like the one "keep moving"--something I try and remember to do rather than sit over my keyboard for hours at a time.

    Terry
    author of 10 Publishing Myths, Insights Every Author Needs to Succeed

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  2. Sometimes I feel like I am a slave to my devices. I feel pressured to answer text messages immediately. I prefer email with clients as well. Great tips, Edie!

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    1. Crystal, that's been hard for me, but soooo freeing to break the chain to my devices! Blessings, E

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  3. Great suggestions, Edie. I plan to put them to good use. Thanks for sharing. Bless you for all the good things you do.

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    1. Diane, thank you for the encouragement! Blessings, E

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  4. Well done. Is it possible for me to hand letter this list for my vision board at home? Or copy and print it? I'd like to do some "memorizing" of these ideas!

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    1. Or do you have a printable? Is this your next book title? I'm so full of questions.

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  5. Edie, I appreciate you so much. Your wisdom has truly helped my writing.

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  6. Thank you so much for this great list! I need to change a few things in my life and guard my time more.

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  7. Thanks for these (great reminders) digital insights for our soul care as writers. I totally agree and appreciate your wisdom on this subject.

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  8. This is a great article. Thanks for taking the time to find and post it! Great job, Deena!

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  9. This is a great article. Thanks for taking the time to find and post it!

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  10. Thank you for these suggestions of ways to take care of our souls in this digital world. And for encouragement to embrace them!

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  11. Thank you, Edie! My weary soul needed these reminders.

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