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What You Need to Know About Potential Laptop Dangers

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on February 13, 2017 3 Comments • views: 1239
What You Need to Know About Potential Laptop Dangers

I love my laptop. I do all my fiction writing and blog writing on it, and I take it with me everywhere. My desktop gets a great workout on my freelance projects and submissions, but for just about everything else, I’m on my laptop. Imagine my dismay, then, when I read recently that it may […]

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How Reading Books Can Boost Your Life Expectancy

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on December 12, 2016 6 Comments • views: 1929
How Reading Books Can Boost Your Life Expectancy

Writers are regularly told to read. It’s through reading that we become immersed in story. We learn from the masters, and intuitively gain experience in plot, characterization, pacing, and more. Most writing teachers will tell you that if you’re not reading—a lot—you can’t expect to become a better writer. Well, now you have even more […]

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8 Easy Chair Exercises to Keep Writers in Shape

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on November 1, 2016 2 Comments • views: 845
8 Easy Chair Exercises to Keep Writers in Shape

by Jane Dizon According to a 2013 survey, 86 percent of American workers sit with an average of 13 hours a day. That accounts for more than half of a day. Throw in your seven- to eight-hour sleep, and you’re looking at a staggering 21 hours of sedentary lifestyle, and that’s just in one day. […]

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3 Ways to Keep Sugar from Killing Your Creative Mojo

Filed in Boost Creativity, The Healthy Writer by on October 10, 2016 4 Comments • views: 945
3 Ways to Keep Sugar from Killing Your Creative Mojo

To say I was skeptical would be putting it mildly. Years ago, some of my clients started asking me to write about the “dangers” of consuming sugar. Sugar? Please. I felt like John Travolta when he plays the angel in the movie, Michael. In one scene, after pouring heaps of sugar on top of his […]

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Why Your Standing Desk Isn’t Doing You Any Good

Filed in The Healthy Writer, Tools to Write Pain-Free by on August 29, 2016 10 Comments • views: 1536
Why Your Standing Desk Isn’t Doing You Any Good

I’m just now getting used to standing up while I work. After researching the dangers of sitting for hours (over six hours increases your risk of, um…death), and looking into the options that are out there today for standing desks, I kind of convinced myself of the need to make a change. I haven’t invested […]

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3 Ways Essential Oils Make it Easier to Be Creative

Filed in Boost Creativity, The Healthy Writer by on August 16, 2016 0 Comments • views: 806
3 Ways Essential Oils Make it Easier to Be Creative

This post originally appeared on “T’s Stuff” as part of a book tour for “Loreena’s Gift.” I’ve been a health writer for over 17 years, and during that time I’ve learned quite a bit about natural oils and how beneficial they are. There’s a reason we’re seeing more and more of them in skin care […]

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How to Keep Your Stomach Happy While Writing

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on August 9, 2016 0 Comments • views: 948
How to Keep Your Stomach Happy While Writing

We’re a nation who loves to eat. Not only eat, but snack, graze, piece, munch, drink, savor, and slurp. And a lot of that is done while we’re writing. We don’t think about how it affects our tummies…until it does. Then we complain. Stupid stomach! Who has time for bloating, cramps, gas, diarrhea, constipation, and […]

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How Creative Entrepreneurs Can Get Critical Time Off

Filed in Boost Creativity, The Healthy Writer by on August 2, 2016 2 Comments • views: 685
How Creative Entrepreneurs Can Get Critical Time Off

Time off, or downtime, encourages creativity. A number of studies have shown it to be true. One published in 2014, for example, reported that a vacation could increase creativity by boosting cognitive flexibility when employees returned to work. Other studies have reported that catching up on sleep, getting “away from it all,” taking time in […]

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7 Ways to Stop Your Brain from Crashing When You Need It Most

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on July 25, 2016 4 Comments • views: 1362
7 Ways to Stop Your Brain from Crashing When You Need It Most

If you’re working in a creative career, you know the drill— everything relies on your brain. I grew up on a ten-acre ranch, and when I get the chance to go back home for a few weeks, I’m always amazed at how easy it is to get things done even when I’m tired. That’s because […]

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Writers and Exercise: The Rewards That Lie Beyond the Excuses

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on July 11, 2016 8 Comments • views: 1320
Writers and Exercise: The Rewards That Lie Beyond the Excuses

You may not like the idea of exercise. You may even hate it. When you think about getting on the treadmill, going to the gym, heading out in your running shorts, or signing up for a zumba class, you may break out in a cold sweat. It doesn’t matter. The bottom line is: If you’re […]

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5 Ways Tai Chi Can Make You a Better Writer

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on July 4, 2016 10 Comments • views: 1398
5 Ways Tai Chi Can Make You a Better Writer

How about an exercise that stretches your sore muscles, centers your scattered thoughts, and reduces your stress? An exercise you can do in the privacy of your own home, whenever you need to—even in between projects? An exercise that not only improves your physical health, but your mental health as well—and that might even boost […]

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6 Red Flags Telling You to STOP and Take Care of Your Wellness

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on June 27, 2016 6 Comments • views: 1879
6 Red Flags Telling You to STOP and Take Care of Your Wellness

by Elizabeth Haltom I love that Colleen’s website is titled Writing and Wellness, because those are my two favorite things in life. The latter I practice so that I can be a fully functional human. The former I practice because it’s just what I do. But there are times when preserving the one means walking […]

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