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The Healthy Writer Ebook

The Healthy Writer Ebook

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

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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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Ronel Janse van Vuuren
Some good tips for common health issues writers experience

Some good tips for common health issues writers experience.

Having a blue light filter for your screens for eye care is crucial – my optometrist added it to my glasses in early 2021 and my eyes stopped hurting all the time (and it cut down on headaches originating from my eyes).

I like writing by hand, but typing it up has always triggered pain. Thanks to the ergonomic suggestions in the book, that has been sorted out.

I do disagree about on point: the authors suggest that having your pets sleep in your bed is bad for your sleep health. Since I’ve allowed my dogs to sleep in my room and on my bed, my sleep quality has been better – backed by my fitness tracker that also tracks my sleep.

I started my journey to be healthier before I bought, and finally read, this book. thanks to the advice of Joanna and Euan, I’m on a path to being (mostly) pain free.

A great book for every author to have, no matter the stage of the author journey they’re on.

Learning healthy habits early in your career will keep you productive, happy and pain free for the long life of your career.