Tag Archive - Health

How Writers Can Benefit from a Sense of Purpose and Routine

Today’s guest post is by author Tori Eldridge.

It’s a scary time in the world right now. We’ve been forced into a new way of living and are concerned about the well-being of our family, friends, and communities. Many of us have been confined in our homes for months and will be living this way for at least a few more weeks.

It’s important to adjust to this change in a way that makes us feel calm, safe, and sane—a tall order when faced with upsetting news reports and worsening statistics. Harder still, if serious family problems arise from being locked in or our financial stability crumbles.

This new reality is different for everyone.

We have our own adjustments to make and challenges to face. But we also have people we care about, close to our hearts and in the world at large. While we empathize with the suffering of others, it is vitally important that we also protect our own emotional well-being. This is easier said than done because once we open our hearts, emotions, of all kinds, flood in.

So, how do we keep ourselves emotionally sound and physically fit? Continue Reading…

Writers—Take a Hike . . . If You Know What’s Good for You

We’re continuing looking at healthy lifestyle for writers this month, so we can all start the New Year with vigor and focus. Today’s guest post is by author Ian Martyn:

I’m a hiker. When I venture out my door, I like to take photographs, which I often use to illustrate my blog posts. Now, I’m not fanatical, always out there, striding across the hills, but I do enjoy it when I can. This usually means a trip or two away for a few days, such as in the Lake District, as well as the odd day in the Surrey Hills.

I walk mainly for the simple pleasure of placing one foot in front of the other and the views that swing in to view round every corner. But I do believe there are reasons walking is especially good for writers: Continue Reading…

Taking Care of the Inner and Outer Writer

We’re continuing looking at healthy lifestyle for writers this month, so we can all start the New Year with vigor and focus. Today’s guest post is from author Harriet Hodgson:

Writing is hard work. Unfortunately, you may get so involved in a project that you keep at it longer than you should. Before you know it, hours have passed. Continuous keyboarding can lead to Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI), including tired eyes, headache, back pain, neck pain, sore hands, aching fingers, and even Deep Vein Thrombosis.

Staying healthy and in shape is a challenge for today’s writer—who is often parked behind a computer screen day after day. But these self-care tips will help keep writers healthy and productive.

Monitor snacks. When I was young and thin, I told myself that broken cookies didn’t contain any calories. I was delusional. Snack foods can be high-calorie and “empty calorie” foods with no nutritional value. It’s wise to keep healthy snacks on hand, things like baby carrots, grapes, and apples. Continue Reading…

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