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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: 1912
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: 1393
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: 8418
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: 118183
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: 3480
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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10 Ways to Soothe a Crick in the Neck

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on July 1, 2014 4 Comments • views: 3830
10 Ways to Soothe a Crick in the Neck

I woke up with one of these a week ago. Yuck! There’s nothing like trying to work for hours at the computer when your neck hurts. In the past, I’d always just lived with it, slowly working it out through my yoga practice over a series of days. It got me wondering. Was there a […]

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Forest Bathing—the Secrets of Writers and Trees

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on June 3, 2014 8 Comments • views: 20136
Forest Bathing—the Secrets of Writers and Trees

Forest bathing—it’s something I’ve done many times, but I didn’t realize I was doing it. You don’t need a washcloth, soap or shampoo—just a good pair of walking shoes, some comfortable clothes, and all your stress and anxiety. That’s because forest bathing—or as it’s more commonly known, “taking a walk in the forest”—has been reported […]

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Are You Suffering from Spock’s Brain Syndrome?

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on May 20, 2014 0 Comments • views: 731
Are You Suffering from Spock’s Brain Syndrome?

I have to admit it. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have a body. Then I could work on a project as long as I wanted to without worrying about a sore neck, sore back, tight hamstrings, sagging muscles, dry eyes, and all the rest. This is especially true when I’m on a roll. The writing […]

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7 Reasons Writing is One of the Most Dangerous Professions

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on April 22, 2014 1 Comment • views: 1573
7 Reasons Writing is One of the Most Dangerous Professions

Most people probably think writing is a pretty cushy gig. Kick back in your easy chair with your bon-bons and jot down a few words when the inspiration strikes. Go for a walk in the park. Enjoy the sunset from a rocking chair on the porch as you indulge your musings. Surely just about every […]

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Can’t Focus? Could Be Your Lunch—5 Foods to Help

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on April 8, 2014 2 Comments • views: 1809
Can’t Focus? Could Be Your Lunch—5 Foods to Help

You’ve got thirty minutes of uninterrupted time. You sit down to write, paint, compose, or work on that personal project you’re passionate about. You have only thirty minutes, and then you’ve got to go back to work, pick up the kids, make dinner, or take a loved one to the doctor. You sit down, thrilled […]

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Why You May Want to Swap Your Cola for a Clearer Option

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on March 25, 2014 0 Comments • views: 600
Why You May Want to Swap Your Cola for a Clearer Option

Office workers—or those that regularly work at the computer —are notorious soda drinkers. Healthier options include tea, sparkling water, and even coffee, but from my experience, many people have a hard time sticking with that commitment forever. Sometimes, one just needs a Dr. Pepper. (Or Pepsi or Coke or whatever the choice may be.) If […]

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Cerebral Congestion—How It Ruins Your Work in Progress

Filed in Boost Creativity, The Healthy Writer by on March 18, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1422
Cerebral Congestion—How It Ruins Your Work in Progress

If you go too long without taking time off—real time off—you run the risk of suffering from cerebral congestion, which sabotages creativity and imagination.

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