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The Healthy Writer Paperback

The Healthy Writer Paperback

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Do you suffer from physical pain relating to your writing life?

Paperback edition.

Are you struggling with back pain, weight gain related to sedentary working, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, neck pain, eye strain, stress, loneliness, digestive issues, or Repetitive Strain Injury?

These are the most common issues reported by writers and if you struggle with any of them, you are not alone.

Writing is not a physically healthy job, but if you want a long-term writing career, then you need to look after your body.

I've been through my own pain journey over the last six years. I used to get crippling migraines that sent me to a dark room, and back pain so bad that I couldn't sleep, as well as stress levels so high that I wasn't able to breathe normally.

Now, my back pain, migraines and RSI have almost gone completely, and I manage my writing life in a far healthier way than ever before. I share my personal journey and insights with you in this book.

My co-author is Dr Euan Lawson, who shares his insights into how we can reduce pain, improve health and build a writing career for the long term.

The book covers:
  • Introduction and survey results from 1200 writers
  • 7 Reasons why writing is great for your health

Part 1: The Unhealthy Writer

  • Stress, anxiety, burnout
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
  • A personal journey to a pain-free back
  • Writing with chronic pain
  • Sedentary life and inactivity
  • Sleep problems/ insomnia
  • Eye strain, headaches, and migraine
  • A personal story of headaches and migraine
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Joanna's Letter to Sugar
  • Digestive issues and IBS
  • A personal journey through IBS with FODMAP
  • Mood and mental health
  • Riding the Waves: Writing with depression
  • Alcohol - the good, the bad, and the ugly
  • Coffee and caffeine
  • Supplements, substances, and nootropics

Part 2: The Healthy Writer

  • Improve your workspace
  • Sort out your sleep
  • Sort out your diet
  • From fat to fit
  • Sort out your back
  • Lessons learned about writing from yoga
  • How to use dictation for a healthier writing life
  • The active writer mindset
  • Strategies for the sofa-bound
  • The active writer: Three golden rules
  • The running writer: Three rookie mistakes
  • Lessons learned about writing from walking a double ultra-marathon
  • Find a community
  • Build wellbeing with mindfulness
  • Develop healthy habits for the long-term

Conclusion: It's your turn. Choose life.

It's time to be a healthy writer!

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