Getting back on track: tips for supporting your health after sickness


April 12, 2023



This month has been dominated by sickness for me, mainly with fevers. My entire family has gone through a double cycle of illnesses, but I hope we're all done now and I can dive deeper into my creative work.

With this newsletter, I want to remind you all to take care of your body. As they say, "a healthy mind in a healthy body" really does apply.

The only positive thing about being sick was that I lost weight faster than ever before :-D, and I use Freeletics for exercise. What would you say about that?

But seriously... it's really important to take care of your health, not just physically, but also mentally. So, I'd like to take a break from work and remind you all how to properly relax. That is, the way I do it and what helps me. Let's get into it.

Go into nature - without your phone and technology

Truly, the most liberating thing is to simply "get away" and go out into nature. You don't need anything for that. You don't even have to travel far. I'm sure everyone has a piece of nature within reach where they can go for a walk, alone, with kids, or with anyone. Go without technology. Personally, I try to completely disconnect from technology, like my phone, after work and be more independent of it. It's liberating in its own way, but it's especially relaxing after a day of being on the computer.

Exercise, exercise, exercise

Personally, I'm no Hercules, and after these months of illness, I can hardly be called an athlete :-D, but... exercise creates endorphins and gives a great feeling, recharging your energy for the next days. Find time for it and practice it even in small doses.

I personally do Freeletics for about 30 minutes every day and go for a run. I used to do more, but with young kids, it's more challenging, so I chose Freeletics so I could exercise at home every morning while everyone is still sleeping, and sometimes I go for a run on a free day during the week.

Try it, and you'll see that your body will thank you, and your mind will feel relieved. You don't have to work like a machine. It just takes trying it out and practicing it in small doses.

Limit your time on social media

The hardest point is social media - especially Twitter, which is my main source of inspiration - I follow people and search for tips. However, it's a double-edged sword that also holds me back from personal development by devouring my time, and most importantly, it makes me constantly compare myself to others and feel less valuable when I see someone else's work :-D

Spend time on social media, but ideally, set how often and how long you want to spend on it.

Disconnect from digital - create creatively, be a child again

It's great to just turn off technology and go back to childhood roots. Call your friends, play board games. Take out plain paper from the printer and draw. Buy a notebook and write. Take a book and read. Just like that, without technology. Your mind will relax, and it will definitely thank you.

I was never a crazy reader, but over time (around 25 years old), I found my way to reading. I won't say that I read 20 books a year, I don't. But I try to read for at least a while in the evening instead of sitting in front of the TV. If you like sci-fi reading, I'll gladly recommend See of Rust.

Be curious!

Be curious! It doesn't matter what you enjoy, be curious about it. Every activity and curiosity is important and supports us in inspiration.

Here are a few "post-sickness" tips from me on how to keep your mind and body healthier. This time, I didn't quite succeed despite all my efforts :-D, but that doesn't mean I won't continue what I started. I will definitely do more, and most importantly, I'll work more on supporting my resolutions because it seems like a zero-sum game for me in 2023. :-D

By the way, don't forget that the most important thing in the world is your body and mind. So, try to give them all the energy in the world :-)

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