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Why Writers Have Trouble Relaxing—and How to Do It Better!

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on August 12, 2019 4 Comments • views: 241
Why Writers Have Trouble Relaxing—and How to Do It Better!

August 15th is National Relaxation Day. Fourth-grader Sean Moeller of Michigan is said to have founded the day in 1985. The Des Moines Register reported on the 9-year-old boy’s thoughts on the matter. “People don’t think enough about relaxing,” he told the paper. “They think too much about working, and that’s not good because if […]

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7 Reasons Why Writers Need to Play More

Filed in Productivity and Time Management, The Healthy Writer by on July 1, 2019 2 Comments • views: 467
7 Reasons Why Writers Need to Play More

The other day, I spent the afternoon looking at bikes. The last time I rode a bicycle was over 10 years ago, and it wasn’t mine. I haven’t been on one since then, and have preferred to jog rather than ride anyway. But lately, I’ve been thinking that biking might be fun. I know myself […]

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Things to Help You Avoid Hand Pain as a Writer

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on March 11, 2019 4 Comments • views: 2131
Things to Help You Avoid Hand Pain as a Writer

Back when I first started working as a copywriter for a corporation, I experienced some hand and wrist pain. A little research compelled me to ask for a split keyboard, and once I got it, the pain disappeared. Since then, I’ve been super lucky, and haven’t had any more trouble with my hands. Others, however, […]

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How to Protect Your Eyes from Screen-Induced Damage

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on February 25, 2019 4 Comments • views: 1111
How to Protect Your Eyes from Screen-Induced Damage

Is your computer, tablet, and phone ruining your eyes? For years, we thought the worst screens could do was cause computer vision syndrome (CVS), which is bad enough. Newer studies, however, suggest the blue light from our gadgets could actually damage the eye’s retina, increasing risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)—a leading cause of blindness. […]

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5 Things Energetic Writers Do Every Day

Filed in Productivity and Time Management, The Healthy Writer by on January 21, 2019 4 Comments • views: 729
5 Things Energetic Writers Do Every Day

If you feel tired and draggy during the month of January, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s so common to feel chronic fatigue this time of year there’s a common name for it: “winter tiredness.” Not the most creative, but it does let you know this is a widespread problem. Those shorter days are mostly […]

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The Best Temperature for Your Home Writing Office

Filed in Productivity and Time Management, The Healthy Writer by on November 12, 2018 10 Comments • views: 1297
The Best Temperature for Your Home Writing Office

Temperatures are getting colder, which means you may be feeling it in your writing nook. I started using my handwarmers about a month ago. Even a slight chill can make my fingers stiff, and then my typing is clunky and slow. (Read more about handwarmers in our previous post, “Hands Too Cold to Type? Try […]

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Alexander Technique—The Solution to Back and Neck Pain for Writers?

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on October 10, 2018 0 Comments • views: 1293
Alexander Technique—The Solution to Back and Neck Pain for Writers?

by Kate Willett As a writer, you might spend a lot of time sitting at your desk. Whether you’re furiously typing the first draft of your novel or staring blankly at a notebook waiting for inspiration to strike, the slightly hunched-over sitting position you likely find yourself in may take its toll on your back, […]

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Writers, What Your Walk Says About You

Filed in The Healthy Writer, Writing Well Wednesday (WWW) by on September 26, 2018 6 Comments • views: 1061
Writers, What Your Walk Says About You

~Writing Well Wednesday Tip~ When you go for a walk, how fast do you go? I’m not talking about whether you push yourself to go fast or slow. I’m asking, when you go for a walk, and you’re just walking your “normal” pace, what is that pace like? Walking speed has been referred to as […]

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Another Reason Writers Need to Take Regular Vacations

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on September 19, 2018 0 Comments • views: 828
Another Reason Writers Need to Take Regular Vacations

~Writing Well Wednesday Tip~ Have you taken a vacation yet this year? If not, are you planning one soon? A recent survey by Project: Time Off found that even though Americans took an average 17.2 days of vacation in 2017—the highest level in seven years—about a quarter of employees had taken absolutely no paid time […]

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Writers Take Note of Restaurant Menu Changes

Filed in The Healthy Writer, Writing Well Wednesday (WWW) by on August 21, 2018 0 Comments • views: 621
Writers Take Note of Restaurant Menu Changes

~Writing Well Wednesday Tip~ Have you noticed it? Restaurant menus have changed. What’s new? Calorie counts. In May 2018, new regulations requiring restaurants to include calorie counts on their menus went into effect. It took a long time. The new labeling requirements passed in 2010 and were finalized in 2014, but various extensions along the […]

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A Healthier Way for Writers to Hydrate

Filed in The Healthy Writer, Writing Well Wednesday (WWW) by on August 7, 2018 0 Comments • views: 786
A Healthier Way for Writers to Hydrate

~Writing Well Wednesday Tip~ You know you need to be drinking lots of water during the warm summer days. Avoiding even slight dehydration also helps writers fight fatigue, reduce stress, and increase mental focus. (Read more on our post, “The Easy Way to Boost Brainpower and Energy for Writing.”) Nothing replaces water for hydration, and […]

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The Latest on Alcohol Consumption: Good for Writers or Not?

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on July 31, 2018 0 Comments • views: 1047
The Latest on Alcohol Consumption: Good for Writers or Not?

~Writing Well Wednesday Tip~ Writing and alcohol seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly, but recent research shows that writers may want to think twice about that second glass of wine. I know pretty much anytime I go to a writing event—conference, gathering, writer’s group, etc.—there’s alcohol involved. Many writers also talk about […]

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