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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: 1845
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: 948
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: 1048
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: 815
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: 1556
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: 1608
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: 1711
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: 2071
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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A Garden of One’s Own—How Green Spaces Can Benefit Writers

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on June 6, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1459
A Garden of One’s Own—How Green Spaces Can Benefit Writers

Writing and gardening. Do they go together? It depends on who you ask. George R. R. Martin famously said, “I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners…. And I’m much more a gardener than an architect.” He was talking about those who outline and those who don’t—the plotters and the […]

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Why Depression is Not a Good Thing for Writers

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on May 23, 2016 0 Comments • views: 1948
Why Depression is Not a Good Thing for Writers

By Ben Allen J.K. Rowling once described her experience with depression in an interview with The Times: “Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced…It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from […]

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The Simple Approach to Weight Loss Perfect for Writers

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on May 16, 2016 2 Comments • views: 992
The Simple Approach to Weight Loss Perfect for Writers

If you’re a full-time writer—or even a part-time writer working at a desk for your day job—you know it’s true. We’re at risk for weight gain. It’s all that sitting. Plus we’re likely to eat the wrong things when we get hungry. We don’t want to leave our chairs, but we need fuel our brains, […]

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Why You Should Ask Your Doctor if He Reads Fiction

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on May 2, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1493
Why You Should Ask Your Doctor if He Reads Fiction

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a doctor. It’s not just the fact that some are more experienced or efficient than others. It’s that a good relationship with your doctor is important to your health, and let’s face it: we simply get along better with some people than others. So how […]

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