What are the main health concerns for bloggers?

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A collaborative post by Joseph Peake.

If you write a blog for a living, then you are going to have to be aware of all the ways in which it can harm your health. You might think that blogging is a relatively safe thing to do, and on the whole it is one of the safer professions. But this is not to say that it is entirely without its problems.

In this post, we are going to discuss some of the main health concerns bloggers need to keep on top of. As long as you focus on these, you should be in better health.

Weight control as health concerns

Many people who sit at a desk all day end up putting on weight. When you are not moving around too much, this is just something that is going to happen. Because of this, it is important for bloggers to find ways to counteract likely weight gain.

The easiest way to do this is to ensure you are moving around for a few hours at least every day. You should at least be taking an hour’s lunch break, and using that time to go for a walk is going to make a huge difference by itself. Getting a walk in at the end of the day should help too.

Although the idea of getting your 10,000 steps a day is not necessarily always true, it is at least a good aim if you are trying to be less sedentary. Also going to the gym once or twice a week will help keep on top of your physical fitness. This will put you in a much better position when it comes to your weight.

The other main thing to consider is to be careful about your diet. You should be focusing on eating correctly, or you are going to struggle to keep the weight off. Diet really is the main thing you need to think about, so snack on healthy items, eat plenty of whole foods, and avoid the fatty or unhealthy foods which are so easy to reach for so often. This will help you avoid gaining too much weight.

Eye strain as health concerns

Looking at screens for long stretches at a time is not going to be good for your vision. It’s no surprise one of the main things bloggers have to be careful about and look after is their eyesight.

If you find you sometimes get eye strain, think about what you can do to avoid this happening in the future. There are some simple ways to ensure you can deal with this and avoid any eye problems developing over time.

First, try to look away from the screen at regular intervals. Ideally every twenty minutes or so at least, but more often could be even better. The best way to avoid eye strain is look somewhere far away. If you sit next to a window, look at a point on the horizon for a few minutes. If not, at least look at the other side of the room.

Go to an optometrist every two years at least. If you blog all the time, you might want to go once a year, just to make sure. They will be able to spot any potential issues with your eyes early on, such as anything serious. Optometrists can also offer expert, personalised advice, so it’s a good idea to tell them that you are a blogger, so they know what it is that you do all day.

If you do need eyeglasses, feel free to shop around. There are many places online you can look, such as here, which offer glasses you can really enjoy wearing. Once you are happy with them, involve them a part of your life, and if anything you might look even more like a true blogger. Looking after your eyes really is important, especially if you have chosen a blogging career.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

You have probably heard of this, and you may have experienced it yourself, perhaps without knowing it. However, it is a serious thing which you need to try and learn how to deal with, otherwise you could end up causing some serious damage in the long run. So what is carpal tunnel, and what can you do to prevent and treat it?

Essentially, carpal tunnel is pressure on the wrist, specifically on a nerve in your wrist. This pressure causes tingling, numbness and pain throughout your hand and fingers. The good news is you can usually treat it yourself at home, but it can sometimes take many months for that to happen.

You will know you have carpal tunnel if you have an ache or pain in your fingers, numb hands, tingling or pins and needles, and a weak thumb or otherwise having difficulty gripping items. You might find these symptoms start slowly at first, or that they come and go. They are usually worse at night.

The most effective way to treat this problem is to wear a wrist splint. You can wear on your hand to keep your wrist straight, as it relieves pressure on the nerve. You may have to wear it at night, so it takes some getting used to. Generally, it takes at least four weeks before you notice any effects.

Other guidance may be to stop what is causing the problem. That is obviously not easy for a blogger, but you might need to cut down in order to get better in time. You could always think about typing less, perhaps by using a voice-to-text service. These are pretty good these days, so you might find that this is a good compromise to enable you to keep writing your blog.

Bad posture as health concerns

There are many terrible things which are a result of bad posture. Not least you might end up damaging your spine or end up causing yourself severe pain in later life. It is very important to keep your posture straight as you sit at the desk. But if you are struggling to do this, what can you do to get on top of it and ensure you don’t overlook it?

A simple trick is to imagine a golden thread extending from your shoulder blades down to your hips. Imagine this is taut and yet flexible. This simple visualisation process can help you to remember to sit up straight, but also to remember how it feels when you are doing it right. Set yourself a timer every few minutes as a reminder – after a while you won’t need it – sitting up straight will happen automatically.

Once you have sorted out your posture, you will be in less pain and you can sit at the desk for longer, enabling you to write more and spend more time on your blog. This is true for all of the health concerns we have looked at in this article, so it is absolutely worth going through them and ensuring that you are taking them all on board one by one. You’ll find it really helps.

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Alice Elliott writes the award winning Fairy Blog Mother blog for beginner and post-beginner bloggers to “explain things really simply” about blogging and WordPress. She provides simple, easy to understand, highly visual courses and tutorials using ordinary, everyday words. Visit her new Beginner Bloggers blog to find her latest learning resources.
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