Finding Writing Inspiration

Hi everyone! Some of you have asked for writing insight. Here is some interesting reading I received from Write to Done I thought I’d share with the writers among us who need some help in finding writing inspiration:

It is a guest post from James Chartrand of Men with Pens, known for his sharp-shooting advice to writers

It is all been said. It has been written before. We feel like we are just rehashing the same old story everyone else has written. And inspiration dies like leaves falling from trees in autumn. There are ways to find inspiration again.

Most suggest taking a break, setting down the pen and paper to do other activities for a while. Reading a book is a good way to give our brains a rest. Going for a walk is another; any physical activity boosts creativity.

What if inspiration still does not come? What if you take a break, read a book, get active and still come up blank when you sit down to write? In most cases, all you have to do is look within to find the inspiration you need. Easy? No. Necessary? Yes.

Our mind plays tricks on us all the time. The events we have lived and the experiences we have had create perception issues. We may view our world through fears and self-set messages that fool us into believing lies we find comfortable.

“They all think this is silly¦ No one will want to read this. It is not interesting enough, not different enough. I am boring. I am not a good writer. I should not be doing this. I will never finish. I never finish anything. I am wasting my life. Why am I unable to come up with something good for once?” All are thoughts that can go through our heads…

Many of you may recognize some of your fears in these phrases. They are common ones, thoughts that even the best writers get from time to time. We could even say that they are inspired thoughts, negative messages fed by fears that get the best of us. So what do you do? How do you break through the writing mental barriers that hold you back to release the words you once loved? Here are some suggestions…

Simulate a scenario
Think of all the possible outcomes and look at the worst-case scenarios. If you write something and no one likes it, what do you feel might happen? What is the worst consequence you can think of? What is the best consequence, too? What would you do if these consequences occurred?

Consider the likelihood of each outcome as well and weigh the chances of you taking a risk. You may see that by subjectively thinking, your fears are not really founded in reality. Take that risk and give it a try.

Make it an experiment and analyze the results. Learn from the outcome you achieve. Did you have a negative outcome? If so, why? What will you do better next time? Did you have a positive result? How does that contradict what you believed? How does it make you feel?

Validate your feelings

We all tend to avoid feelings that make us uncomfortable. We do not particularly enjoy thinking about what scares us or makes us sad, and we avoid considering why we feel that way. Who knows what we might uncover?

Well, that is the point right there. Who knows what you might discover if you look your fears in the eye and say to yourself, “Okay, I am terrified of rejection.” Understand that it is a part of you. Accept that you have this fear. Then befriend the fear and treat it like a person that needs you to overcome this obstacle. By taking the focus off you and placing it in a third-party perspective, you will often find the courage you need to break through.

Confirm your reality

Most of our perceptions of the world are not accurate. Because of this we make huge assumptions about what people think of us (and what they are not telling us). But the truth is that these assumptions are, in most cases, completely false.

A good way to realign our thoughts with a more realistic view is to use confirmation as a fantastic tool. Do you think your work is boring or not good at all? The minute you have that thought, be accountable for taking action. Find an objective person you trust to immediately to tell you the truth.

Do not make assumptions on what other people think. The minute you start to imagine what others believe, seize the moment and ask a trusted person to tell you the truth. Confirm reality and remind yourself of this reality every time the whispered messages start. You will soon begin to eliminate them and feel confident about the truth.

These three tips may seem like a bunch of psychological mumbo-jumbo, but they are actually good ways to break out of negative self-talk that holds you back. That is the key to finding inspiration for writing. Only confidence and freedom lets us truly release our minds go to explore what we can create.

And when you do that, you will increase your chances of finding writing inspiration. You will also have the confidence to write. Go for it!

About the Author: Need more inspiration to break free and become a better writer? James Chartrand can help you improve your writing skills. Visit his blog at Men with Pens for more advice on writing.

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SITE NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

Booktoots Healing is an award-winning site owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

How to Get the Most Out of Physical Therapy After Knee Replacement Surgery

Hi everyone. With so much information available knowadays about getting the most out of your total knee replacement, I thought it would be worthwhile to re-share a guest post written by the experts at The Joint Replacement Therapists. I am certain this insight about how to get the most out of  physical therapy after knee replacement surgery is the key to your success. Enjoy…
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Physical therapy is an integral part to any individual’s knee replacement recovery. There are thousands of physical therapists and physical therapy clinics throughout the country, and the majority of physical therapists are professional, knowledgeable, and caring.

Your therapists will provide you with all the information and resources you require to have a successful knee replacement. What you get out of your rehab after surgery will be a direct reflection of what you put into it.

With that being said, we’d like to share our advice for how to get the most out of your physical therapy after your knee replacement surgery.

Start Before Surgery

Rehab begins before surgery. This is known as prehab or preoperative rehab. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of physical therapy and physical training before surgery. Individuals who train and exercise before knee replacement surgery have better range of motion, strength, and overall function after the surgery.

This leads to a quicker recovery. (See our blog post titled: What is Prehab? )

Learn About Pain

Pain is complex and many factors in your life contribute to pain including physical, social, psychological, emotional, and environmental. The more you can learn about the contributors to pain, the more you’ll be able to make positive lifestyle changes to manage the pain effectively.

Understand the Process and Have Patience

Recovery takes time. You may only notice small improvements initially, and that is okay. The average course of outpatient physical therapy can last 12-16 weeks, but you may not experience 100% recovery for up to 6 months. Keep doing all the right things and eventually it will pay off with a great recovery and outcome.

Follow Instructions

Everything your physical therapist tells you is for a reason. Any instructions we provide is based off the goal of you having a full and positive recovery with no avoidable setbacks.

Ask Questions

Your physical therapists, and all the healthcare professionals, are there to help you. Do not feel intimidated to ask any and all questions. Being well-informed and knowledgeable regarding all aspects of your recovery will only benefit you more. There are no stupid questions.

Be Consistent

You won’t notice much change in strength or range of motion after just one therapy session. However, if you remain consistent with your exercises and activities, and regularly attend therapy, little by little you will see the fruits of your labors.

Consider Your Complete Health

Many factors play a role in your recovery after knee replacement surgery. Consider all aspects of your health and determine where you can make some positive changes. Consider things like nutrition, sleep, emotional health, mental health and more.

Continue After Therapy Ends

Your recovery does not stop once you are discharged from physical therapy. It is important to continue with all the exercises you learned in physical therapy and perform them on a regular basis.

It is also important to find ways to maintain the health of your knee and whole body. Great activities to try include walking, aquatic exercises, yoga, and much more.

About the Authors

The Joint Replacement Therapists, Doctors Jordan and Luke Pedersen, are two physical therapists and the founders of the Joint Replacement Therapists website at The Joint Replacement Therapists.

Jordan and Luke are orthopedic therapists who have worked with many individuals before and after joint replacement surgery.

They realized the shortcomings with a lot of the educational material available to individuals considering joint replacement surgery. The Joint Replacement Therapists strive to provide thorough evidence-based information in an organized manner for individuals considering or planning joint replacement surgery.

Their hopes are the information gained will help decrease patient anxieties and improve confidence regarding the entire joint replacement process.
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 Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other health concerns.

Booktoots’ Healing site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.  https://wegohealth.com.

When is Too Much, Too Much Exercise After TKR?

Hi everyone! I am resharing a popular post of mine regarding figuring out when is too much, too much exercise after a tkr? In other words,  knowing when you are overdoing your tkr exercise. Many of you have asked for it, so here it is. Hope it helps you. Keep on working….

While going to my physical therapist for my total knee replacement rehab, I asked her how to tell if I was overworking my muscles. “How do I know when too much is too much?” is what I asked her. She told me very matter of factly….”You can tell you’ve done too much when you hurt for two hours after your exercise is done.”

I’ve been using that as my benchmark ever since. It may work for you and other total knee replacement patients, also.

BTW…..I totally trusted my physical therapist. She was the only one who truly knew what I was going through. If you go to a physical therapist, you need to trust the person. You are in their hands, literally and figuratively. You two work as a team.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This award-winning  tkr blogging site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.  https://wegohealth.com.

My New Etsy Store

Hello Everyone. I am proud to announce the opening of my new Etsy Store titled Booktoots Healing. Here you can purchase ALL of my ebooks with immediate download capabilities. Simply CLICK on the ETSY STORE page above to see all my listings. Could not be easier!

There are multiple ways to pay, so there is bound to be a method that floats your boat and suits your needs.

Why an Etsy store to sell my ebooks? Thanks to many of you notifying me of current issues with the software found on this site – Booktoots Healing – Etsy seems to be a viable solution to bring smiles to everyone’s faces. Hopefully it will work for you without any glitches.

I also have other items listed and will be adding more when available.

Try it, please. If you have any concerns, kindly let me know. Marie B aka Booktoots

Democracy Needs Us

Hi Everyone. As many of us are horrified and outraged about the evils of Putin’s actions…there is something we can do to stand up for democracy in Ukraine. Democracy needs us. The people of Ukraine need us. How can you help?

There is a nonprofit charity organization in Ukraine titled “Come Back Alive”. Funds received help support soldiers fighting these atrocities. Donations go towards buying soldier supplies, training, body armor and much more. Thank you to Ryan Holiday of Daily Stoic fame for sharing the news about this much-needed and helpful charity.

Click on this link to be taken to “Come Back Alive” website. Make your secured donation there. https://comebackalive.in.ua.

Thank you in advance for caring about helping humankind and standing up against Russian powers.

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Notice To My Readers…Beware Of Scammers!

Hi everyone. I just became aware of scammers visiting my site and contacting readers. Usually they contact those leaving comments. This appears to be very common nowadays with online communities. So…notice to my readers…Beware Of Scammers!

If anyone contacts you posing as me…Booktoots or MarieB….ignore them. They are known to ask for money or personal contact information. Most notably…the scammers are from Russia. How do I know? I check my Live Traffic daily and notice them and their failed login attempts to both this site and my comment section.

Know that I will NEVER ask for your money or personal contact information via my Comment Section. The only time I ask for money is if you are purchasing one of my books.

It is too bad things like this are happening, but we are living in upheaval times.

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Author Note: Booktoots Healing is an award-winning site that is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr patient, and tkr blogger who is living with various health conditions such as leg length discrepancy, double vision, total knee replacement, and after affects of various injuries. She enjoys sharing her personal experiences to help others feel less alone.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader. WEGO Health has recently become part of Health Union. Visit them at https://wegohealth.com.

Thanks to my readers

Hi everyone. I wanted to take a short moment and extend thanks to my readers for all of your support, comments, and online friendship. I just read an article in WebPro News about how 95% of blogs are abandoned within six months. That’s unbelievable to me! This one has been around for YEARS! It has also made me realize how lucky I am to have this one be so popular. It has turned into a nice support community for those involved with a tkr (aka total knee replacement), dealing/living with various health challenges that we all share (double vision, leg length discrepancy, shoe lifts, etc,) – and more!  

It is thanks to each and every one of you.

Kudos to you all!!

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8 Ways To Speed Up Your Total Knee Replacement Recuperation

Hi everyone. I have been receiving inquiries from many of you for ways to speed up your total knee replacement recuperation. Here is an updated article I wrote when going through the initial tkr rehab. The information still holds true today.

Having your tkr surgery is only part of the process. How you deal with the total knee replacement recuperation that allows you to effectively utilize use your new bionic knee is another segment. It, actually, is the hardest part. Only you can determine the extent of your success.

Below are some ways I have noticed an improvement in my own total knee replacement recuperation. My knee is getting better every day because of them. They may work for you.

Drum roll, please….

1. Become mobile as quick as possible. Every hour on the hour, get up and walk around. Your level of total knee replacement recuperation (and physical therapist) will determine whether you use a walking aide.

2. Do as much as you can for yourself. Do not rely on others when you can easily (or not that easily) do it yourself. You will only be hurting yourself.

3. Know that it will be painful. You cannot get around having pain after a major surgery. That’s common sense, but I was completely unprepared for the immense pain afterwards.

4. Take a pain med prior to your exercise. I find that 30-minutes beforehand works best for me. Taking the med takes the edge off of the discomfort you will feel during movements. Of course, your pain meds will decrease as time goes on and your level of recuperation increases.  The sooner the better, I say.

5. Set a goal for your knee flexibility. Increase in small increments. Find a ‘hash mark’ on the floor that you want to stretch your foot to. Lift your leg farther than an earlier attempt.  Your physical therapist can help with this.

6. Keep icing. After every total knee replacement recuperation exercise routine, I use a variety of icing methods. The best is a simple ice pack. You can buy them prepared or make your own. Simply put some ice cubes in a sealable plastic bag. Cover your knee with a towel before applying. I have also found that frozen peas & carrots work well.

7. Elevate. Keep your leg elevated when not exercising. This helps the healing process.

8. Exercise! Keep exercising, even when done doing physical therapy. In addition to doing your recuperation maneuvers, add walking and/or other physical activity to your daily routine. This is essential for your overall success.

Total knee replacement recuperation takes effort, determination, and perseverance. There were many times when, if looks could kill, my physical therapist wouldn’t be there.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing. Good luck and keep at it!

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or variety of other health concerns.

This award-winning tkr blogger site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader. WEGO Health is now known as Health Union..as of today’s publishing date…02/22/2022.

https://www.wegohealth.com

A Rocking Chair For Total Knee Replacement

Hi everyone. We all know the importance of improving our flexibility after a tkr. How about using a rocking chair for total knee replacement exercise? When done correctly, you will feel a wonderful stretch along the front portion of your tkr.

All you need to do is position yourself in your favorite rocking chair. Sit upright, being sure to use good posture. Make certain your feet are firmly planted on the floor’s surface. Gently start rocking back and forth at a slow pace.

* Just keep rocking forward until you feel a pull. Slowly return to the original position. For myself, this works well for 5-10 minutes. It’s a wonderful warm-up exercise maneuver. It also works well on those days when you are feeling a little stiff.

Don’t have a rocking chair? Don’t worry..you can use an exercise bike. Put your feet on the pedals. For your right knee, bring the right pedal to the uppermost position.

* Gently start rocking/moving the pedal back and forth until you feel a gentle stretch. Use your left leg as an anchor to add resistance. Hold this position for five seconds, if desired. Do the opposite with your left leg.

Yes, it likely will be painful. No one ever said that recuperating from a total knee replacement is easy. As you progress in your post-tkr period, the pain will diminish.

Hopefully this will work for you, too. Good luck!

Of course, be sure to check with your medical care provider before starting any new tkr exercise maneuver.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

Why You Must Not Quit…

Hi my favorite readers,
Here’s an uplifting and inspirational poem titled ‘Why You Must Not Quit’ written by American author John Greenleaf Whittier. I believe we could all use it….

Why You Must Not Quit
by: John Greenleaf Whittier

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit.
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns.
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out:
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems so far:

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various health concerns for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.  https://www.wegohealth.com  

Distracted Driving…STOP IT!

Hi everyone. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it with seeing people talking or texting on their cell phone while driving. I do informal surveys and find that it happens in three out of five cars.  It is known as distracted driving.

When someone tells me that using a cell phone while driving is not a distraction, they obviously have never been in a serious car accident. It does not take much to be distracted. And, all it takes is a split second. Driving is a privilege and needs to be treated as such. Vehicles are not toys, but lethal weapons. You can be killed or injured for life in one. Wake up.

There have been campaigns in the past such as  Oprah’s “No Phone Zone” campaign to put an end to this serious issue. Do your part to value the privilege of driving. If you do not appreciate your own life, kindly appreciate others.

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