I’ve been waking up every morning for a week with a stiff neck. A tendon in my left wrist still aches, despite four months of doctor’s appointments and three different prescriptions.
My massage therapist says the muscles in my back are so tight that she uses every muscle in her own hands, shoulders and legs to knead the knots out of them. She tells me I need to return to yoga classes, pronto, and start taking better care of myself.
That’s what I get for sitting in front of the computer, sometimes up to 10 hours a day.
Then I read the New York Times story In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop.
A growing work force of home-office laborers and entrepreneurs, armed with computers and smartphones and wired to the hilt, are toiling under great physical and emotional stress created by the around-the-clock Internet economy that demands a constant stream of news and comment.
In the last few months, two technology bloggers have died suddenly and a third has survived a heart attack.
Enough already. Here’s what I’m doing, starting today:
—Attending yoga class twice a week.
—More frequent breaks, at least one per hour.
—More frequent massages.
—Doing the stretching exercises a physical therapist ordered two years ago when I damaged my rotator cuffs from using weights in Jazzercise class.
—Lying backwards on the giant red rubber ball I bought from my chiropractor to relieve the “hunched shoulders” syndrom caused by hours in front of the computer.
—Lying on the floor, on top of a giant styrofoam tube that runs the length of my spine, again per my chiropractor’s instructions, to help stretch my back and shoulders.
OK, bloggers and Internet marketers. What are you doing to avoid death by blogging? Authors and writers, do you have the same problems?
Let’s hear from some physical therapists, too.