Punxsutawney Phil has my vote for any office he wants this year, because I’m fully in favor of his current platform.

Did you know that this groundhog has his own team of handlers to check in on his well-being year ’round? As writers, we pretty much have to do this for ourselves. So this week, I’m giving a shout out to Joanna Penn’s collaborative work with Dr. Euan Lawson entitled, “The Healthy Writer: Reduce your pain, improve your health, and build a writing career for the long term.”

If you struggle with back pain, weight gain related to sedentary work, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, neck pain, eye strain, stress, loneliness, digestive issues, or repetitive strain injury,.. you might be a writer!

This is not a career in which it’s easy to stay swimsuit-centerfold ready, but if you want a strategy for long-term writing health, Dr. Lawson outlines top ways to reduce pain and improve your overall fitness.

Joanna surveyed 1200 writers to discover our biggest medical shortcomings and shares her own personal experience of writing with chronic pain as well as her journey to solving that through a few new practices. If your sweet tooth ever contributes to weight gain, you may also enjoy her heartfelt “Letter to Sugar.”

In addition, the authors tackle topics like coffee and caffeine as well as alcohol — which have all fueled the pens of notorious writers through the ages.

With sections on improving your workspace and sorting out your sleep, as well as being mindful and creating long-term healthy habits, you must know that I most fully embrace the idea of finding a community to support you in your goals.

Any way around it, I wish you six-plus weeks of healthy writing habits… no matter the outdoor temperature!

Write with joy!

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