Do you suffer from physical pain relating to your writing life?
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
- Why writing is great for your health
Part 1: The Unhealthy Writer
- Stress, anxiety, burnout
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Writer's cramp and Repetitive Strain Injury
- 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
- Writing with depression
- Alcohol, coffee, drugs and other substances
Part 2: The Healthy Writer
- Build resilience
- Improve your workspace
- Find a community
- Start moving
- Sort out your diet
- Sort out your sleep
- Develop healthy habits
- How to use dictation for healthier writing life
- Lessons learned about writing from walking a double ultra-marathon
- Breathing, mindfulness, and meditation
- Yoga and writing
- Longevity: writing for the long-term
It's time to be a healthy writer!