Being a blogger is a great way to make money on your own terms and have a far more flexible working lifestyle. Plus, you’re getting paid to do the things that you love and write about them, which is why blogging is a lifestyle that is often romanticised. However, like anything, there are always going to be downsides. Most people wouldn’t think of blogging as a dangerous occupation that could damage your health but you’d be surprised. There are actually quite a lot of unexpected health problems associated with being a blogger that you should be aware of. These are the different ways that being a blogger could be harming your health.
A Lack Of Exercise
This is a problem for most workers in general because when you’re sitting at a desk all day long, you’re not very active at all. Everybody knows that exercise is important for your health and if you’re at a desk for half of your life, you don’t have that much time for it. This is an even worse issue for bloggers that are working from home most of the time. You don’t even get out of the house and move around when you’re travelling to and from work so, if you’re not careful, you might spend the whole day without doing anything active whatsoever. Over the years, that can have a seriously negative impact on your health. That’s why it’s so important that you factor regular exercise into your schedule. If you haven’t really exercised much in the past and you don’t know what to do, it might be worth getting some professional help to make sure that your workouts are effective. Having a personal trainer is a great way to make sure that you’re doing the right exercises and getting the most out of your workouts. Regular exercise will not only keep you healthy, it will also help you to improve your focus and work more productively so it’s an absolute must.
Vitamin D Deficiency
Another side effect of working at home and not going out of the house that much is a vitamin D deficiency. Sunlight is the major source of vitamin D and if you’re not getting enough of it, you could have all sorts of health issues. It can increase your chances of getting ill, make you tired all of the time and even increase your chances of developing mental health issues like depression. It’s important that you take regular breaks and make a point of going outside. If you’re particularly worried, you can also start taking supplements to boost your levels.
Everybody gets stressed out at work sometimes but it’s particularly bad for bloggers. People might not think it’s that stressful, you’re working to your own schedule and you’re at home most of the time rather than being stuck in a fast-paced office environment. But there is a lot of stress involved with being a blogger because of financial instability. You’re not getting a regular paycheck and sometimes, you might not earn that much at all for a few months. Trying to motivate yourself to work can be hard as well and if you aren’t making that much progress, it can lead to a lot of extra stress. It’s important that you learn how to manage that stress properly if you’re going to succeed in this business. Managing your money effectively so you’ve always got emergency funds is important as well. It’ll take the pressure off when you’re not earning that much and help you to relax a lot more.
Repetitive Strain Injury
Nobody thinks of typing as a particularly dangerous activity but when you’re doing it all of the time, it can actually do you a lot of damage. Repetitive strain injury in the hands is a big problem for bloggers because they’re always writing. If you want to avoid it, it’s important that you take regular breaks from typing every hour or so. You also need to watch your posture when you’re on the computer; make sure that you’ve got a straight back and your feet are firmly on the ground. You also need to keep your elbows at a hundred degree angle to the desk and never rest them on the surface. Getting the right equipment is a big help too. If you’re going to be writing a lot, it’s worth investing in an ergonomic keyboard with proper resting areas for your wrists. It’ll be a lot easier on your hands and stop you from developing a repetitive strain injury so easily.
These are the health risks that you need to be aware of if you’re a full time blogger.