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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: 2671
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: 2217
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: 1915
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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Are You Making These Mistakes That Lead to Carpal Tunnel?

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on January 13, 2015 8 Comments • views: 19741
Are You Making These Mistakes That Lead to Carpal Tunnel?

Could you be making mistakes today that increase your risk?

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7 Reasons to Enjoy Your Morning—or Afternoon—Cup of Coffee

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on December 11, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1166
7 Reasons to Enjoy Your Morning—or Afternoon—Cup of Coffee

My father always loved coffee, but when he got into his later sixties, his doctor recommended he avoid it. It’s an acidic drink—hard on aging or sensitive stomachs—and my dad was swallowing too many antacids. If you have a sensitive stomach, too, you may want to avoid coffee, or at least limit your intake. Those […]

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What My Grandmother Taught Me About Being a Grateful Writer

Filed in The Healthy Writer, The Writing Life by on November 18, 2014 11 Comments • views: 2215
What My Grandmother Taught Me About Being a Grateful Writer

I’ve attended several writing events this year. Conferences, awards dinners, signings, etc. At every one, without exception, I heard one thing: writers complaining. It’s an easy habit to fall into. This isn’t a cushy career, by any means. We have a number of challenges in front of us, from the blank page to the rejection […]

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Why Your Job is Causing You Headaches—and What to Do About It

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on October 21, 2014 4 Comments • views: 16659
Why Your Job is Causing You Headaches—and What to Do About It

People who work at the computer for hours each day—full-time writers, designers, office workers, etc.—get more headaches than other folks. I don’t have any studies to back me up. I could be completely wrong—but I don’t think I am. I used to work at a corporation, a really long time ago. I was in a […]

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Fibromyalgia: How to Weather the Pain and Keep Creating

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on October 9, 2014 6 Comments • views: 1470
Fibromyalgia: How to Weather the Pain and Keep Creating

Guest post by Annette Mardis I started my writing career in the newspaper industry, not known for fostering healthful lifestyles. Thankfully, we’ve long since left behind the era when ashtrays overflowed on desktops, smoke hung heavily in the stale air, and booze bottles shared drawer space with notepads and pens. But newspaper reporting and writing […]

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5 Reasons Why I Do What I Do

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on September 23, 2014 6 Comments • views: 1092
5 Reasons Why I Do What I Do

The Romantic Notion of the Self-Destructive Writer We’ve all heard the romantic stories of writers who lived on alcohol and drugs and still wrote masterpieces: Truman Capote experienced frequent breakdowns, was in and out of rehab clinics, and died at the age of 59 of liver failure caused by phlebitis and frequent drug intoxication. He […]

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What Your Computer is Doing to Your Eyes

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on September 2, 2014 0 Comments • views: 7449
What Your Computer is Doing to Your Eyes

It’s not your imagination—your computer is hurting your eyes. If you’ve been using more eye drops lately or wondering if you may have dry eye syndrome, it may have nothing to do with aging. According to a recent study, it could be that you’re just staring at the computer for too many hours a day. […]

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Computer Elbow is Real—10 Tips to Prevent & Relieve Pain

Filed in The Healthy Writer, Tools to Write Pain-Free by on August 19, 2014 47 Comments • views: 102650
Computer Elbow is Real—10 Tips to Prevent & Relieve Pain

Over the last few weeks, I’ve felt a nagging and persistent pain in my elbow, right between those two little bones on the underside (if you hold your arm slightly bent). “Tennis elbow” was the first thing that came to mind, but I haven’t played in years. I type, though. A lot. That got me […]

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7 Reasons Why Writers Should Do Housework

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on July 22, 2014 6 Comments • views: 3034
7 Reasons Why Writers Should Do Housework

Housework is a bad thing for writers. It’s intrusive, creeping into our thoughts when we least want it to. Blank screen? That’s when we realize the bathroom needs immediate attention. Plot struggle? It’s time to mop the floor. We try to stop it. A messy house isn’t going to self-destruct, after all. But housework is […]

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