Don’t Worry: How to Easily Stay a Healthy Blogger, 12 Ways

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You can be a healthy blogger by following these 12 tips

Do you consider yourself a healthy blogger?

How long have you been blogging?

I’ve been blogging for two and a half years.

In that time, I’ve experienced health trouble and I’ve read about health trouble other bloggers have experienced.

I believe, as do others whom I will cite in this article, these health concerns are a direct result of blogging.

This post will list some of those conditions both physical and emotional, why they are caused by blogging, and explain how you can avoid being affected by them.

I am certainly not a doctor. However, in this article, I will explain what helped me return to being a healthy blogger and what has helped others.

If you want to be a healthy blogger, read on.

Do you have any of these physical or emotional conditions?

Blogging Causes Health Problems

Blogging Causes Physical Problems

First, obesity can be a problem. If people are intensely focused on the article they are composing, they may not realize how much they’re eating while sitting at the computer.

Prolonged sitting, of course, means less calorie burning which can also lead to increased weight gain.

Also, blood circulation can be a problem. I’ve read about bloggers who had poor blood circulation due to sitting at the computer too long blogging.

Bloggers have reported eye strain from staring at the computer too long or the smartphone performing blogging-related tasks.

In the time I’ve been blogging, these are the health problems I’ve experienced:

  • sleep deprivation – Okay, I admit it. On many occasions, I had so much fun blogging, I didn’t stop until late into the night even when I had to go to work the next day.
  • dehydration – A water break? Don’t be silly. I’d have to take my hands off the keyboard and stop blogging!
  • poor posture – I am always hunched over my laptop.
  • backaches – I get these when I sit too long.

These are health problems the following veteran bloggers have experienced:

(When discussing burnout) Walking away may not be appropriate for everyone but I find that if I don’t, I start to get physically ill from being in front of the screen too much. Sitting for hours is so bad for us and I feel health has to come before anything else. –  Source: Gilly Madison

I have had a serious health setback and I am determined to change it around.  I am cutting back on blogging… so that I have more time to concentrate on my health. Source: Kathleen Aherne

Bloggers don’t bathe, get dressed or see sunlight… for days. Straight up. I am pasty white from lack of sunshine, I smell because I haven’t bathed and I am not sure how many days I have spent in my pajamas… 

Bloggers have trouble sleeping at night. You wake up at night with a new idea or you are too excited about a new project or you are checking to see how your latest post is doing. Source: Elena Peters

A long-awaited specialist appointment  (now waiting for more, er, stuff and trying new, er, stuff) opened and reopened my eyes. No worries, it’s not fatal, to the best of my knowledge, it just feels like it’s killing me… I need to take a break and focus on my health. I need to find new ways to de-stress. I’m just not well enough to continue now. Source: Donna Parker

(Note: While doing research for this article, I asked Donna if blogging caused her health condition. While she didn’t indicate it was responsible, she admitted blogging may have exacerbated her condition.)

Blogging Causes Emotional Problems

Bloggers report that emotional health suffers as well as physical health when you blog.

Blogging is addictive. When you first do it, you feel like you’re standing naked (sorry for the visual), exposed… You have to silence your inner critic (she’s just jealous). Source: Donna Parker [So Long and Thanks for All the Fish]

Bloggers are constantly having to fend off bloggers’ envy. Everyone else has awesome blogs… but you, you, will always feel subpar. Source: Elena Peters [The Ugly Side of Blogging]

It’s really hard to stay motivated when you don’t get in return what others get, every like and comment at times can raise your heartbeat or ease the pain… I will be lying if I say it’s all that rosy, it’s not for faint-hearted people. When you open up about your life to people, they have their own views, interpretations, and, at times, criticisms, and if you can’t handle them, it’s not a place for you. Source: Chhiti [How to Have a Popular Blog, and Should You?]

For many of us, our business is about putting others first; helping them to fulfill their needs and achieve their goals. There are few feelings better than knowing that you have helped another person in a huge way. But when this becomes the norm, when our own needs take a back seat, so to speak, how can we avoid the feeling of constant burnout? Source: Elizabeth Bradley [Self-Care for Entrepreneurs]

 Solutions: How to Be a Healthy Blogger

 How I changed my behavior and became a healthy blogger:

  • I asked for an Apple watch as a gift. It tells me when to stand and breathe and how to meet other fitness goals.
  • I set a reminder to hydrate on my iPhone.
  • I routinely stretch many times a day.
  • The Pomodoro Technique says to stand 10 minutes per hour. I used to set this time on my phone until I received the Apple watch. Now the watch tells me when to stand.

[Related: 19 Strange Ideas That Will Amplify Your Productivity gives more information about the Pomodoro Technique.]

How other people changed their behaviors and became healthy bloggers once again:

  1. A tip from my husband was that I stand up on my toes and lower my heels back down again to tone leg and calf muscles and to keep the blood circulating in my legs. I do 50 repetitions of the toe-heel exercise every 30 minutes unless I get up for other reasons. Some people hold the back of a chair to do this exercise, a better way is doing it without holding on so that we improve the very important ability to balance.

2. Another tip I read was to drink more water so that you have to get up and go to the bathroom more often.

3. If you are watching TV, use the commercial breaks as your cue to get up and move.

4. You could schedule some household chores in between blogging ones to keep you moving.

5. My best days for not sitting are the days that I cook my blogging recipes.

6. Of course, the usual activities like use of the stairs and not the lift is a good one for me as I live on the second floor and I never use the lift.

7. Office supply companies are now making desks that can be lifted up so the worker can stand to do their work. Others are combining desks with treadmills.

Source: How Blogging Relates to Our Health by Kathleen Aherne

The DivasRunforBling blog has solutions to many of the medical concerns listed in this article:

8. Water is so important to help keep your body functioning and I always make sure to have my water bottle handy so that I can be sure to drink enough each day. Also, a lot of times we think that we are hungry and eat some snack when we are really just a little dehydrated and need to drink water.

9. Whatever it takes to get away from the computer, even if only for a few minutes at a time. This means that I have to make myself get up and move every so often (usually once an hour or so). Source: 10 Smart Strategies to Stay Healthy at Work

The Listiller blog suggests,

10. If you sit in front of a computer most of the day, or you’re always looking down at your smartphone, you should stretch or do yoga regularly to correct the issues that extended periods of sitting can do to your back, neck, and legs.

According to Katie Hanes, a health coach,

11. It’s so easy to push that workout off the schedule when life gets busy. Perhaps you need to get that blog posted, and that spin class is one of the first things to get cut. But, regular exercise is one of the most important habits you can cultivate as an entrepreneur.

12. The INC blog recommends putting a single post-it note in front of you when you blog that says, “20-20-20.” This is a reminder to stop work on your computer every 20 minutes and stare 20 feet ahead of you. The blog insists this technique will stop eye strain.

Wrapping Up:

How to Be a Healthy Blogger


If you are a blogger who has not experienced any of these health problems, you might one day.

If you already have health problems caused by blogging, you are in good company.

However, while blogging can cause health problems, they are easily rectified.

Are you ready to be a healthy blogger?

For example, you can set an egg timer to make sure you don’t sit too long, get in a water break so you stay hydrated, stand and walk around so you don’t wind up with blood circulation problems.

Other than the minimal cost of an egg timer, these are all free tips.

Even the emotional problems described here– blogging envy, burnout, and low morale– are at least eased when you realize you are not alone in these emotions. We have all experienced them. I have quoted some of the most successful bloggers I’ve met, bloggers with longevity. They, too, have experienced these emotions.

Readers, please share so other bloggers know how to remedy any health problems that arise and can become healthy bloggers.

Have you experienced health problems caused by blogging? How did you solve them? I look forward to your answers in the comment section.


More information on healthy living can be found at Digital Health Post.

  1. Avi singh

    yup.. one should follow your tips to stay healthy specially bloggers (because of their long time sitting habits)
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Avi,
      I agree. I recently received the Apple Watch as a present. It tells me when to stand, but often I’m so busy blogging, I ignore it which defeats the purpose entirely. Thanks for writing.

  2. Robbie Cheadle

    A very informative post. I do get back ache from sitting at a computer all day – my day job is more responsible for this though than blogging but blogging adds to it. I also have started pilates once a week and try to walk at least twice in a week. I use the stairs at work.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Robbie,
      Thanks for the great ideas. My classroom was just changed to upstairs (no elevator) so I’ll be taking the stairs more than I used to. I also have stairs in my home.
      I didn’t know you worked outside the home. What do you do? (If I may ask).
      Thanks for contributing to the discussion with your tips.

  3. Cathy Lawdanski

    Health comes first! But I can relate to what Elena says about sleep. I love blogging so much, I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and can’t wait to get started on it!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Cathy,
      Great to see you. Thanks for writing. Since I am too busy blogging to nap when I get home from work, I sleep like a baby. However, I have Google Keep on my phone so when I get a great idea, I record it in the app.

  4. Melody Lassalle

    It can be really easy to get up in things when blogging. As a person with chronic health issues, I struggle with the balancing act and not getting caught up in stressing when my health interferes because that is just an endless cycles.

    I do have a 4 legged timer who tells when it is time to get out of my chair. When it is time to take our walk, we walk, or she bugs me incessantly. She needs her potty breaks and that reminds me to take my own breaks.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Melody,
      1. I’m sorry to hear about your health concerns.
      2. Before I read the rest of your comments, my brain paused at “4-legged timer,” then I realized what that was. I thought it was a funny comment.
      3. I vowed to walk the dogs when my daughter was traveling and couldn’t do it. I never did. Now she’s home, so I certainly don’t. However, I teach, so I walk around a large middle school campus daily. I’m also always rushing so I walk pretty fast!
      4. Thanks again for sharing my post on Twitter.

  5. Steven Jude

    This post was very timely for me. I have not been consciously taken care of myself physically for a while now. Thanks for this post.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Steven,
      They say, “Everything in life is timing.” I’m glad my post came in handy.
      I am always so busy blogging, I don’t know how bloggers have time to stay fit.
      Happily, as a teacher, I spend a lot of time walking all over my large middle school campus. I figure that counts.
      Thanks for commenting.

  6. Poonam Kaushal

    A very good article about how to stay healthy while blogging. I read articles like this but this article has distinction and very practical approach. The language was simple and steps you take to understand are very good. Great article please keep writing articles like this

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Poonam,
      I appreciate your kind words about my post. You encouraged me to write more articles like this. I plan to and already have many about the emotional downsides of blogging.
      I encourage you to sign up for my blog posts.

  7. Eugenia

    This is a great subject to address. Some don’t realize the stress relating to blogging. My rule is to get up and walk around or clean or exercise or anything that keeps me moving. I also do chair exercises.

  8. Stephanie

    This topic is great inspiration so thank you. I have small children and so the time I dedicate to blogging cannot usually be accomplished without interruption. When they come in to talk to me, I make eye contact and give full attention. It’s just a couple of minutes in the whole scheme of things, and my eyes and mind get a break. I also do as many jumping jacks as I can every time I stand up.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Stephanie,
      Thanks for contributing to the discussion by sharing your ideas.
      It can be difficult to blog with children in the home who need our attention. For that reason, I have posts ready to go in case my daughters come in from college or need me when they’re home.
      Regarding jumping jacks, I stretch when I stand. I bet yours burns off more calories!
      Thanks for writing.

  9. Lisa P. Sicard

    Hi Janice, I laughed when I read that sometimes you can’t sleep because you have a new idea. I can relate to that one.
    I’ve also had carpel tunnel and siatic issues over the years. I do try to break more often now and go for walks in the good weather.
    It really can be addictive. I can’t believe I’ve been at it already 1 1/2 hrs today. Time flies when we are having fun with our blogs.
    Thanks for the tips on how to stay healthy and for us to pay attention to it as well. Very easy to forget!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Lisa,
      Thank you for commenting. I never thought about the dangers of carpal tunnel. Thank you for letting me know about the importance of taking breaks. I’ll be sure to listen to my new Apple Watch when it tells me to stand. For a while I was trying to stand five minutes every half hour but I quickly forgot because I was having so much fun blogging as you said.

  10. Elvis Michael

    Janice, this article is a breath of fresh air. I’ve always wondered why the subject isn’t brought up more often. It’s easy to “let go” of healthy habits once you work as a blogger or content writer full-time.

    It’s rather convenient to type, have a snack, and wash it all down with a bit of soda. But we all know there’s a big difference between convenience and doing what’s right 😉

    Oh, and thank you very much for the mention; this has been proudly shared!


    • Janice Wald

      Hi Elvis,
      Thank you for the compliments on my article and the share. Much appreciated!

  11. mehedi hasan//meheditrick

    Health comes first! But I can relate to what Elena says about sleep. I love blogging so much, I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and can’t wait to get started on it!
    Thank you.

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  14. Kim Land

    Hi Janice,

    a great article! I often have strained eyes and sometimes bad posture, because I work too long in front of my laptop. That’s why I’m making an effort to take more breaks to rest my eyes. I also bought a better chair, suitable for longer work.

    Anyway, I bookmarked your website.

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