Tools to Write Pain-Free

Harpist Shares Secrets on Back-Saving Good Posture

Filed in Tools to Write Pain-Free by on March 13, 2017 16 Comments • views: 607
Harpist Shares Secrets on Back-Saving Good Posture

I’m excited to welcome guest author Sarah Close to Writing and Wellness. Sarah plays the harp in the local symphony orchestra and other various musical groups. In addition to admiring her skill with the instrument, I have found myself on more than one occasion amazed by her posture. She sits perfectly straight and tall while […]

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Have You Tried Merino Wool Handwarmers?

Filed in Tools to Write Pain-Free by on February 27, 2017 0 Comments • views: 460
Have You Tried Merino Wool Handwarmers?

The sky is glowing at Writing and Wellness! About three years ago, I wrote a post about some handwarmers my mom had found for me at a farmer’s market. They were handmade, and she thought I might find them useful. Boy, did I ever. There are many mornings throughout the winter season when my fingers […]

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Introducing a New Tool to Warm Up Writers’ Hands

Filed in Tools to Write Pain-Free by on October 19, 2016 4 Comments • views: 1084
Introducing a New Tool to Warm Up Writers’ Hands

by Benjamin Sobieck The pursuit of wellness during the act of writing can take some unusual twists and turns. Case in point: what began as having cold hands while I typed at the keyboard ended as an unexpected opportunity for my writing career. Cold Hands Can Equal Missed Deadlines Cold, stiff hands during the winter […]

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Will Inversion Therapy Help You Work Pain-Free?

Filed in Tools to Write Pain-Free by on September 19, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1137
Will Inversion Therapy Help You Work Pain-Free?

If you’ve ever struggled with back pain, you’ve probably heard of inversion therapy. It’s the idea that inverting the body (upside down) can help treat conditions of the spine, potentially easing back pain, reducing pressure on spinal nerves and discs, and even increasing the space between the vertebrae to promote a healthier spine overall. The […]

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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: 1536
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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Hands Hurt? How to Keep Writing Anyway

Filed in Tools to Write Pain-Free by on August 2, 2016 1 Comment • views: 1191
Hands Hurt? How to Keep Writing Anyway

by Anne Goodwin Along with a keyboard and a good dictionary, fingers, hands, and arms are essential items in a writer’s tool bag. But long hours in the company of QWERTY can result in significant strain that, if ignored, can lead to permanent damage. In days gone by, this might have spelled the end of […]

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What to Get Dads Who Are Writers for Father’s Day

Filed in The Writing Life, Tools to Write Pain-Free by on June 13, 2016 0 Comments • views: 654
What to Get Dads Who Are Writers for Father’s Day

Dads are notoriously hard to shop for. My father was always happy with tools, but then I knew that he had most of the ones he needed, so it was always difficult not to get a duplicate. Any other gift was a gamble. This year I’m thinking about all the writers out there—those who are […]

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The Best Energy-Efficient Light for Improving Productivity

Filed in The Healthy Writer, Tools to Write Pain-Free by on April 4, 2016 0 Comments • views: 1498
The Best Energy-Efficient Light for Improving Productivity

It’s getting harder to find regular incandescent bulbs. They’re being replaced by compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), halogen, LED (light-emitting diode), and other more energy efficient options, including a higher efficiency incandescent that includes halogen gas to slow the deterioration of the tungsten filament. According to the National Geographic, “On January 1, 2014, in keeping with […]

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How to Protect Your Hands: It’s Hard to Write Without Them

Filed in The Healthy Writer, Tools to Write Pain-Free by on February 15, 2016 4 Comments • views: 1815
How to Protect Your Hands: It’s Hard to Write Without Them

When I was in college, I had the opportunity to take piano lessons from an extremely talented professor. I still remember him telling me one day how careful he was of his hands. If something happened to them, he explained, he would have a hard time making a living. The statement set me back. Having […]

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How to Find Your Best Standing Desk

Filed in The Healthy Writer, Tools to Write Pain-Free by on November 30, 2015 3 Comments • views: 2036
How to Find Your Best Standing Desk

Thinking about a standing desk? A lot of writers are. We sit so much—often for hours at a time—and we know it’s not good for us. A treadmill desk can be pricey, and the movement may also be distracting when we’re really trying to focus. (Read more about treadmill desks here.) Might a standing desk […]

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Save Your Money—Treadmill Desk Imperfect Solution for Writers

Filed in The Healthy Writer, Tools to Write Pain-Free by on September 29, 2015 14 Comments • views: 1580
Save Your Money—Treadmill Desk Imperfect Solution for Writers

Sitting is the new smoking, as they say. Of all the things that wear away at our health, sitting for hours is one of the big ones. I covered this in a previous post. (You can read more about the dangers of sitting here.) Briefly, recent studies have found that the more we sit, the […]

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10 Tools to Keep Writers Out of the Doctor’s Office

Filed in The Healthy Writer, Tools to Write Pain-Free by on August 11, 2015 6 Comments • views: 1451
10 Tools to Keep Writers Out of the Doctor’s Office

Going to the doctor’s office was never fun, but it’s gotten worse lately, what with the rising medical costs, rushed appointments, and increasing uncertainty about which doctor you’re going to get this time. Writers can find themselves in those offices more than they’d like, though, if they’re not careful. Full-timers, especially, spend hours at the […]

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