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Featured Writer on Wellness: Whitney Boyd

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 21, 2014 0 Comments • views: 548
Featured Writer on Wellness: Whitney Boyd

When I am at a computer for long stretches of time, I tend to get snack-ish. It’s a guarantee. I will crave sugar and chocolate and chips and soda and everything unhealthy I can imagine. When I used to work in an office, I gained ten pounds in a year (which may not seem like […]

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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: 988
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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Featured Writer on Wellness: Julie Trimingham

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 14, 2014 0 Comments • views: 529
Featured Writer on Wellness: Julie Trimingham

I don’t like to sit still, so I find that I write in spurts, and sometimes standing up at an improvised desk (my laptop atop a fat dictionary atop a short bookcase). I make all my phone calls when I’m out walking. I need to get outside and move, otherwise I get crabby and can’t […]

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7 Things You’re Doing That Cause Back Pain

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on March 11, 2014 0 Comments • views: 4829
7 Things You’re Doing That Cause Back Pain

The American Chiropractic Association states that one-half of all working Americans suffer back pain symptoms each year. Talk to any serious writer or office worker and you’ll likely hear about back pain. “Like many writers,” says author Jana Richards, “I spend a lot of time sitting in front of my computer. Add to that the […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Becky Rickman

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 7, 2014 1 Comment • views: 595
Featured Writer on Wellness: Becky Rickman

I do suffer from a degenerative disc and that gives me quite a lot of pain some days. I also get lost in my writing and forget to cook meals for myself. For my back, I keep changing positions. I make reasons to jump up and move around at least once an hour. I also […]

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What Famous Writers Know About Walking

Filed in The Healthy Writer, The Writing Life by on March 6, 2014 2 Comments • views: 4207
What Famous Writers Know About Walking

By now most of us know that walking is good for us. Research has linked it to a lower risk of diabetes, stronger bones, a healthier cardiovascular system, reduced body fat, increased energy, and a more focused mind. Long before modern studies revealed these benefits, though, writers had already keyed into the wonders that walking […]

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What Your Computer Could be Doing to Your Face

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on March 4, 2014 25 Comments • views: 28807
What Your Computer Could be Doing to Your Face

As if our culture wasn’t already obsessed enough about aging, now comes “computer face,” a new term to describe the premature aging effects of sitting for hours at the computer. What is computer face, and do you need to worry about it destroying your looks before your time? What Is “Computer Face?” In September 2010, […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Elizabeth Brooks

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on February 28, 2014 0 Comments • views: 579
Featured Writer on Wellness: Elizabeth Brooks

A few things came to mind when I started thinking about the physical challenges of writing: the slouchy way I sit at my desk for example, or that unpleasant feeling of being mentally but not physically tired. However, if I had to pick the biggest challenge, I think I would say it is the difficulty […]

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Your First Novel—Keep Trying, or Give It Up & Move On?

Filed in The Writing Life by on February 27, 2014 2 Comments • views: 569
Your First Novel—Keep Trying, or Give It Up & Move On?

Author and visionary Steven Pressfield recently addressed a question from a hardworking writer. (Read the entire post here.) In essence, the question was: “When do you know if you need to return to a project and polish or start anew?” The writer had put years into his first novel, seeking feedback and making changes, and […]

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Allergy Headaches? I Tried Butterbur—It Helps!

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on February 25, 2014 0 Comments • views: 2541
Allergy Headaches? I Tried Butterbur—It Helps!

I’ve suffered from allergies for years, but it’s only been in the last decade or so that they’ve manifested into painful and frequent migraine headaches. Spring, summer, fall, winter—doesn’t matter. For the longest time, regular over-the-counter antihistamines worked fine for me, but then came the day when the regular dosage just wasn’t touching my headaches […]

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Sitting > 6 Hrs a Day? Your Risk of Death Just Increased by Nearly 40%

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on February 20, 2014 2 Comments • views: 1015
Sitting > 6 Hrs a Day? Your Risk of Death Just Increased by Nearly 40%

Sitting kills. I know. I’ve experienced the back pain, stiff muscles, and headaches. But it gets worse. In addition to fostering weight gain and too much padding on your backside, sitting can actually shorten your life. Proof Sitting Kills A study published in 2009 looked at sitting time and mortality in over 17,000 participants 18-90 […]

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Hands Too Cold to Type? Try These

Filed in Tools to Write Pain-Free by on February 18, 2014 0 Comments • views: 13484
Hands Too Cold to Type? Try These

My mom got me these cool hand warmers for Christmas one year. They stretch up over your wrists and forearms to help keep your fingers warm while you’re typing. Handmade, they were a find from a local farmer’s market. As we go into the the fall and winter seasons, there are a lot of mornings […]

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