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The Remarkable Ways Yoga Supports a Writer’s Success

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on June 16, 2015 4 Comments • views: 3419
The Remarkable Ways Yoga Supports a Writer’s Success

I conducted my own very non-scientific survey. I searched every author feature on this website—all of those obtained over the short lifespan of Writing and Wellness. (Just over a year—older posts in the Archives were carried over from a previous blog.) Total number of writers: 60. The results? Over a quarter talked about how yoga […]

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How to Boost Your Health in Less Than a Minute a Day

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on June 9, 2015 4 Comments • views: 1742
How to Boost Your Health in Less Than a Minute a Day

We writers tend to beat ourselves up every day. We sit too long. We snack on unhealthy things. We don’t make time for exercise. It’s not easy trying to manage a writing career, take care of our families, and do what’s good for ourselves at the same time. The nice thing about self-care is that […]

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The Best Indulgent Treat for Writers—You’ll Like This!

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on June 2, 2015 6 Comments • views: 1624
The Best Indulgent Treat for Writers—You’ll Like This!

I’ve noticed it on Twitter. There are two things writers like, a lot. The first is coffee. There are a number of tweets most every day singing the praises of this one beverage. The second? Chocolate. Mentioned the word chocolate, and a number of writers will comment. It’s like mentioning “squirrel” to the dog in […]

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What Your Eye Twitching is Telling You—and It’s Not Good

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on May 26, 2015 147 Comments • views: 33332
What Your Eye Twitching is Telling You—and It’s Not Good

For about the last three weeks, my left eye has been twitching. I’ll be typing away and all of a sudden, I’ll feel that telltale muscle spasm or nerve jump or whatever it is, and it’s like a butterfly beating its wings on my eyelid. It seemed I should be lurking in the shadows in […]

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The Best Time to Nap for Optimal Creativity

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on May 12, 2015 2 Comments • views: 4868
The Best Time to Nap for Optimal Creativity

I have a confession to make. I take a nap, pretty much every day. It’s in the late afternoon, after lunch, which follows my morning fiction writing and a heavy several hours of typing out my freelance articles. By that time of day, my brain has had it and needs a break. It’s usually only […]

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The Surprising Ways Tea Can Make You a Better Writer

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on May 5, 2015 28 Comments • views: 6691
The Surprising Ways Tea Can Make You a Better Writer

The great C.S. Lewis was quoted as saying: “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” Turns out he wasn’t the only writer who loved tea. Simone de Beavoir couldn’t start the day without a cup of tea. The great German philosopher Immanuel Kant got up […]

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Why Print Books are Much Healthier for Reading Before Bed

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on April 28, 2015 8 Comments • views: 10545
Why Print Books are Much Healthier for Reading Before Bed

First of all, don’t misunderstand me. I’m not against ebooks. I love them. My brother got me an iPad for Christmas a couple years ago and I’ve really enjoyed filling my ebookshelves ever since. It’s that immediate gratification. See a book you want, and you can purchase it and start reading it right now. What’s […]

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What Your Computer is Doing to Your Teeth

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on April 21, 2015 4 Comments • views: 5253
What Your Computer is Doing to Your Teeth

One of the most popular blogs on this site is “What Your Computer Could Be Doing to Your Face.” Unfortunately, the disturbing news doesn’t stop there. That one-eyed monster staring back at you every day could also be harming your teeth. Vicious little beast, isn’t it? Computer Cavities: It’s Not Me, It’s You Of course, […]

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Get that Creative Euphoria Without Alcohol or Drugs

Filed in Boost Creativity, The Healthy Writer by on March 17, 2015 4 Comments • views: 8534
Get that Creative Euphoria Without Alcohol or Drugs

Writers and alcohol. They go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Look at the list of famous authors who were alcoholics and you get names like Raymond Chandler, John Cheever, Tennessee Williams, Dylan Thomas, Edgar Allen Poe, Truman Capote, Jack Kerouac, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, and […]

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7 Ways You Need to Change Your Work Area to Improve Your Writing

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on March 3, 2015 8 Comments • views: 4391
7 Ways You Need to Change Your Work Area to Improve Your Writing

Where do you do your writing (or other creative) work? You may not have thought much about it, but it’s important. Really important. Did you know that certain things about your writer’s nook can actually make you stressed out or sleepy? Other things can cause you headaches, make you less productive, or distract you from […]

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Defeat the Devil that Keeps You Chained to Your Desk

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on February 17, 2015 6 Comments • views: 2959
Defeat the Devil that Keeps You Chained to Your Desk

Last year, I reported on studies indicating that the more hours we sit every day, the shorter our lives will be. One study, for example, showed that women who reported sitting more than six hours per day were 37 percent more likely to die during the study period than those who sat fewer than three […]

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Conquer Drowsiness with 10 Easy Exercises You Can Do in 5 Minutes

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on January 20, 2015 2 Comments • views: 3094
Conquer Drowsiness with 10 Easy Exercises You Can Do in 5 Minutes

In his book Awaken the Giant Within, Tony Robbins said something that has stuck with me ever since I read it: “Emotion is created by motion. Everything that we feel is the result of how we use our bodies….If you repeatedly use your body in weak ways, if you drop your shoulders on a regular […]

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