Tools to Write Pain-Free

How to Ease Back Pain from the Comfort of Your Chair

Filed in Tools to Write Pain-Free by on October 18, 2017 0 Comments • views: 820
How to Ease Back Pain from the Comfort of Your Chair

by Luisito E. Batongbakal Jr. We’ve all heard about the evils of prolonged sitting: The longer you sit, the higher your chance of suffering lower back pain. Not surprisingly, almost every corner of the Internet is advocating the use of standing desks to curb occupational back pain. It’s true that standing can help break up […]

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How to Breathe New Life Into Your Creative Career

Filed in Tools to Write Pain-Free by on October 1, 2017 29 Comments • views: 1413
How to Breathe New Life Into Your Creative Career

by Benjamin Sobieck Congratulations to: Laurie B.! You won a free pair of Writer’s Gloves. Not every entrepreneur is a writer, but every writer is an entrepreneur. The same forces percolating creative juices every time you sit down at a keyboard can pour you a cup of words or, sometimes, something completely different. Don’t dismiss […]

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How to Solve This Painful Standing-Desk Problem

Filed in Tools to Write Pain-Free by on September 18, 2017 2 Comments • views: 880
How to Solve This Painful Standing-Desk Problem

Oh we thought we were so clever, didn’t we? After we heard about all the health hazards associated with sitting at the computer so much (read more about those here), many of us switched to standing desks. Some of us bought new ones to fit into our writing spaces, and some of us made our […]

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Harpist Shares Secrets on Back-Saving Good Posture

Filed in Tools to Write Pain-Free by on March 13, 2017 17 Comments • views: 2019
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: 911
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: 1695
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: 1677
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: 2422
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: 1589
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: 993
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: 1987
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: 2426
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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