Wrist Exercises For Carpal Tunnel & Tendonitis

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I work part time as a librarian. Before that I, like many of you, had some preconceived notion that librarians had relatively easy jobs. You shelved books, gave people library cards, and wore cardigans like they were going out of style. Well, all of these things are true, but I didn’t realize just how much physical stress was involved in the job.

Now, I’m sure there’s a difference in public libraries and reference libraries. I happen to work in a reference library, so I can’t speak for those public librarians out there, but the physical strain my arms, wrists, and hands go through in a days work is enough to have already caused some serious problems.

Librarians Do A Lot Of Heavy Lifting

What goes on behind the closed doors of a reference library might surprise you. No, there’s no scientific experimentations or yakuza headquarters, but there is a lot of physical work going on. When you request materials, the librarians go in search of your requests in the tombs of the archives. Sometimes this means lifting heavy boxes and books for extended periods of time. Doesn’t sound too bad, though, right?

Except that when you consider the angle one must use to pull a book from the shelves, you end up with your wrist at a very odd angle. An angle that wrists aren’t that accustomed to. Too much of this can lead to carpal tunnel or even tendonitis. Just imagine pulling endless amounts of heavy books off a shelf with little time in between to rest your forarms and wrists. I recently reorganized a few shelves of my library, moving book after book to different shelves, as well as incorporating new books into the collection. The next day, my wrists were killing me. They ached relentlessly, which left me massaging my forearms in hopes the pain would stop. Unfortunately my feeble attempts didn’t do much good. I knew I had to go in search of something better.

What Are Carpal Tunnel And Tendonitis?

According to OrthoInfo,

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm. The condition occurs when one of the major nerves to the hand — the median nerve — is squeezed or compressed as it travels through the wrist.

In most patients, carpal tunnel syndrome gets worse over time, so early diagnosis and treatment are important. Early on, symptoms can often be relieved with simple measures like wearing a wrist splint or avoiding certain activities.

If pressure on the median nerve continues, however, it can lead to nerve damage and worsening symptoms. To prevent permanent damage, surgery to take pressure off the median nerve may be recommended for some patients.

while, according to HSS,

Tendonitis (also known as tendinitis or tenonitis) is a general term used to describe inflammation associated with a tendon. Tendons connect muscles to bone, and inflammation of these rope-like tissues is the most common cause of soft-tissue pain. Tendonitis differs from arthritis, which refers to inflammation of a joint. Common areas for the condition include the shoulder (which involves inflammation at one of the tendons of the rotator cuff), the elbow (tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow), the wrist, the knee (above and below the kneecap), the back of the ankle (Achilles tendonitis) and the foot.

The onset of tendonitis can usually be attributed to overuse of the associated area, but can also occur in areas where calcium deposits have developed.. As we grow older, repetitive motion can injure the tendon where it attaches to the bone, promoting an inflammatory response by the body. This inflammation can cause “pain on motion,” swelling, warmth, tenderness, and redness. This latter symptom is called “erythema” and refers to the dilation of the blood’s capillaries as part of the inflammatory process.

I’m sure there are countless ways in which a wrist could develope carpal tunnel or tendenitis. You can find cases of these wrist pains in secretaries, hairstylists, I.T. workers…the list goes on. And if you, like me, don’t know the proper stretches you can use to alleviate that built up stress, you could find yourself in a lot of pain!

What To Do About It?

First of all, let’s list the obvious ways to alleviate this problem, or at least make it more managable.


You can always try to:

Give it a rest
Wear a splint
Stretch the inflamed area
Avoid repetitive movements
Ask a medical professional


Sometimes these work, but you can’t always avoid repetitive movements if it’s for your job, and wearing a splint can make other tasks uncomfortable. It is always best advised to see a doctor if you are concerned you may be developing carpal tunnel or tendonitis. But I also understand that visits to the doctor can be expensive in this era and young professionals don’t always have the resources available to afford these costs. (Hello, this is why we need universal health care!)

I’d like to share with you some of the exercises I have found that helped ease those wrist pains to become more managable. My particular case of pain started in the lower palm of my hand, where it attaches to the wrist. The pain eventually spread to my thumbpad and the upper side of my wrist, encasing most of my thumb with a steady dull aching. I was having difficulties finding exercises for this particular area. These resources are the ones I have found most helpful.

After trying the very first exercise, I felt immediate relief. I couldn’t believe it! It still hurt, but the pain wasn’t a constant throb like it had been seconds earlier. Instead it only hurt when I moved my hand in a certain position. I continued to do this stretch and I do believe it triggered the exact tendon that was cramped, because the relief continued.

Afterwards, I found this video, and discovered that it stretched parts of my arms that I never really noticed were tight. I don’t know if this specifically helped my aching wrists because I couldn’t feel an immediate relief, but feeling the other muscles stretching in my arms, shoulders, and neck made me realize just how tight I was. I followed his instructions and my arms felt great afterwards. Of course it always feels good to stretch.


If anyone has any other suggestions, I would be so grateful for your input. If you are experiencing wrist pain, I urge you to contact your doctor if possible and practice self care by following some of the suggestions above. If you found this post helpful, please leave a comment, like, share, and subscribe!

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Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!

Kat

Starting A New Bullet Journal For 2019

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Are you interested in getting your life more organized? Are you interested in keeping track of habits and timelines? You may want to consider bullet journaling. It’s a wonderful time of year to get started, as we are coming up on a new year. I made a post about Bullet Journaling For Beginners, but I wanted to make a step by step post about how to start or transfer a journal specifically for the new year.


Transferring From An Old Bujo

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Are you transferring a journal from an old book to a new one? Some people choose to do this. They begin in one journal and decide to switch to another. This can be confusing if you’re unsure how to do this. Last year I ran into this problem. I had all my yearly trackers in one journal but ran out of room for the whole year, so I had to continue in a new journal, which left all those trackers behind in my old journal. I had to continuously switch back and forth between the two journals in order to keep track of my progress.

 

Starting A New Bujo

Or perhaps you are starting your very first bullet journal and need a little inspiration and guidance. That’s where this post comes in!

Firstly, if you are starting out brand new, you’ll want to find yourself a journal. I used a moleskine brand dotted journal for my first, but there are so many options to choose from. Some versions have numbered pages, hard covers, soft covers, place marker ribbons, and vary in length and weight. It will be a trial and error until you find one you really vibe with. But for me, I went to my local bookstore and picked up a moleskine because it was easy and readily available.

However, for the new year, I decided to try something a little different. I went with a Leichterm 97. The reason I decided to try this one out is because it has numbered pages and I wanted to make a front index, which is something I’ve never done before in my bullet journaling.


What To Include

 

Index

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This will be a new feature for me. If you don’t have numbered pages, you can number them yourself or skip this step. As I mentioned above, I didn’t have an index for the first year of journaling and this is something new I’d like to try.


 

Yearly Spreads

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Next, you want to list off the habits you want to track yearly. For me, I chose to track all the new people I’ve met, the books I’ve read, and new things I’ve done during the year, as well as adding in a bucket list. 


 

Future Log

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Following these spreads, you can include a future log, which is essentially every single month written out so you can see the whole year ahead. Leave space to write in your important dates like birthdays, vacations, and projects.


 

Months

Then you can get into your months. Mostly everyone separates their journals by months. You make a title page and then get into your monthly spreads. I tend to stick to the same spreads every month; calendar, to do’s, monthly goals, expense tracker, wishlist, daily gratitude, daily habits, mood tracker, notes, and reflection. You can check out many facebook groups for more ideas for spreads.


Design and Aesthetic

Besides all of the spreads, you might want to decide how you want your journal to look. Some people like to get artsy with it by adding colors, doodles, and sometimes full out sketches. I found that I could not stay consistent with the artsy stuff, and fell into a much more minimalist style. I do incorporate colors, but rarely add much else. But that’s what’s so great about it. You can customize your journal any way you like it!

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Essentially your bullet journal is a way to keep your life on track and keep your rooted in reality. So good luck with starting your bullet journal! Don’t worry about making mistakes. Have fun, and I hope bullet journaling helps get your life a little more organized.


Was this post helpful? Do you have any other spreads you always incorporate into your journals? Leave your comments down below!

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Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!

Kat

Yule Ritual

Hey there, friends!

I’d like to share with you a little Yule ritual my sister and I performed a few nights ago. We wanted to have a fire, but it was raining as it so often is in Pittsburgh. So instead we lit a candle to serve as our bonfire.

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The purpose of the ritual was to set our intentions for the new year ahead. We made a list of positive affirmations, wishes, and desires for 2019.


On my list I had things like:

Fearlessly embrace love

Spread kindness

Practice yoga

Grow my blog

Use my voice and set boundaries

Buy a new car


After creating the list, we meditated and visualized what we wanted to manifest. This was a very emotionally charged experience, in a good way. I was in a good mood to begin with, and focusing on the person I wanted to become made me that much happier.

When we were finished visualizing and meditating on our lists, we burned them in the candle flame and gathered the ashes in a pot. Mine burned quickly so my sister said I must have had very good energy and that my intentions would surely come true in the new year.

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We took the ashes outside and sprinkled them into the wind. I watched as my wishes and affirmations blew away into the universe with a beautiful moon looking on.

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I wish you all a very prosperous and productive 2019. May all your dreams come true and may your loved ones be happy and healthy.

Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!

-Kat

FabFitFun Starter Box

Whale, whale, whale, what have we here?

The FabFitFun starter box finally arrived! I was lucky enough to get a free starter box through one of the ladies facebook groups I am a member of. All I had to do was pay for shipping. I had my eye on this subscription box for a while but had mixed feelings because of some of the reviews I read.

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I can absolutely say that I was blown away by the quality of this box. Many reviews online said that the items were junk and could be bought from Marshall’s, which, first of all, as far as I know, the items in this box are all first runs whereas items found in Marshall’s are overstock or items that did not sell in stores.

Second of all, I know what I signed up for. I didn’t subscribe to a Prada box. I know the items in here are ones you can buy in stores. The point of the subscription box is not to wow you with really expensive items. The point is that you can get a surprise mixture of fun girly things delivered to your door every three or four months without shopping around and having to pick the items out yourself.

Who has time for that? Not me, and I’m sure not several other women who may be stay at home moms, work six days a week, or don’t like putting on pants to run out to the store. Not to mention, this makes a great gift for girlfriends, sisters, and even moms when you don’t know what else to buy them for their birthday or the holidays! (Wink, wink, guys. They will love it. Trust me.)


About FabFitFun

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Fabfitfun is a subscription box that offers full-sized beauty, fashion, fitness, tech, and lifestyle products. The box is seasonal, so it comes out four times per year. The box retails for $49.99 per season, and the contents are valued at over $200!


In The Starter Box

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The first item in the box was the Ahava deadsea water mineral hand cream. Weighing in at 5.1 fl. oz, this is a full sized hand cream which is paraben free and safe for sensitive skin. This item is also cruelty-free and vegan! The scent to this cream is subtle, not overpowering like some other hand creams, and leaves your hands super soft. This will be great in the winter months! This item retails for $33.00.


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Next we have the Spongelle Freesia Pear Body Wash Infused Buffer. I can’t wait to try this out. The infused sponge cleanses, exfoliates, hydrates, and is designed for multiple uses from one sponge. This sponge is also cruelty-free, vegan, and retails for $16.00.


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One of the coolest things in the box is the Free People x Understated (Vegan) Leather Travel Eye Mask with a removable non-toxic cooling insert. I love the muted colors on this eye mask. As someone who rarely uses eye masks, I am excited to give this a try. This retails at $40.00.


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Lastly we have the Summer & Rose Brittany Tote. Again, vegan leather, this item is a full sized tote that will be perfect for a trip to the beach come summer. This bag is great quality with sturdy rope handles and two interior pockets to carry your cell phone, wallet, or other necessities. This tote retails for $54.00.


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The total retail value of this box is $143.00. As you can see, not so junky, right? I went ahead and subscribed after seeing the items in the starter box. It will be fun to receive some surprise girly items in the mail every season. But hey, I get it…subscription boxes can be expensive.

Click here to receive $10.00 off your first box!

That means you will be receiving a box with a $200+ value for only $39.99! This is an affiliate link, which means if you purchase your first FabFitFun box through my link, you’ll also be helping out me and my blog with a little commission at no extra cost to you. it’s a win/win!


Have you tried any good subscription boxes? Share your stories down below!

Thanks for reading!

Take care, and as always, don’t forget to take your medications!

Why I don’t like Emilia Fart

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Emilia Fart is an “iconic” YouTube personality that puts out the most bizarre and unorthodox content you could imagine. She has changed her appearance to be the most outlandish and annoying eyesore on the face of the planet. She says whatever comes to her mind, no matter how embarrassing or shameful it is.

And this is why I don’t like Emilia Fart.

I love her. Yes. LOVE HER.

I wanted to hate her. The first video of hers that I watched had me utterly confused and I left that video questioning how I view society, culture, and my own personal conformity. I think a lot of her content could be misunderstood, but that is just a first impression. The deeper you go into her videos, the more you begin to understand why she does what she does. The more you begin to see the person that Emilia is, as well as the character she becomes.

Emilia Fart is a smart woman. She utilized her creativity, imagination, and braveness to create a YouTube channel that not only offers entertainment but really makes you think twice about the things you say and how you view others around you.

Is she all mentally there? That’s debatable. In fact, she herself has often questioned her own sanity in certain videos. But one thing that is true is that she is unapologetically herself. She speaks her mind and shows a vulnerability that pulls you in and has you laughing and crying right along with all her crazy antics. She knows she’s a little off the wall. She knows it. And that’s what makes her so unforgettable.

After watching her first video, I found myself thinking about her content throughout my day, unable to shake the images and messages she presented. I found myself singing her theme song in the car and changing my mindset to be more “Emilia”. She promotes unequivocal acceptance of all humans, no matter what they look like, as long as they are kind people. And if she doesn’t like something about you, she damn well is going to be real with you about it.

Something else I highly respect from her is that she films in her home and doesn’t try to fabricate her surroundings. She doesn’t pretend to have a minimalist life or to be perfect. She films in her dirty kitchen, she films her knick-knacks, and she films her unshaved legs; something I have mad respect for. Because as women, hell, sometimes you just don’t want to shave your legs. That level of acceptance encourages her viewers to be unabashedly themselves. Hairy legs and all.

One of the videos that spoke to me the most was her video, How To Stop Giving A Shit. The level of truth in that video just floored me. She speaks to all the weirdos out there who ever felt sad or attacked by someone’s comments, even if they were meant good naturedly. She speaks to everyone who has ever put themselves out there and been judged. She speaks to those who are scared to take risks or be themselves because they think that it’s better to fit in than to express the magic inside of them. Just have a watch for yourself. You be the judge.

I went into the Emilia Fart experience thinking she was a clown, an annoying showoff, and a desperately sad narcissist in need of attention. And she is. But she is so much more than that. She is a deeply complex person, just like everyone else, and she has some very powerful messages of acceptance to share with the world.


Have you seen Emilia Fart? What are your thoughts on her outlandish, in your face, absurdity?

Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!

Fabfitfun Winter Box 2018 & Discount Code!

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Hello, friends!

I’ve had my eye on a few subscription boxes recently, but couldn’t decide which one I wanted to take the plunge on. There are makeup boxes, self care boxes, and skin care boxes, but I wanted something that was a little more than that. Winter can be a tough time to get through and I wanted to get something special for myself to combat the winter blues. Who doesn’t love getting a box full of surprises? And you don’t even have to leave the house!

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After much deliberation, I decided to go with Fabfitfun! I have purposefully avoided looking at spoilers online so I can be really surprised when my own box comes, although if you are interested, you can find reviews online.

Fabfitfun is a subscription box that offers full-sized beauty, fashion, fitness, tech, and lifestyle products. The box is seasonal, so it comes out four times per year. The box retails for $49.99 per season, and the contents are valued at over $200!

Subscription boxes can be expensive. Click here, use the code “joyful40”, and you’ll get $200+ in goodies for just $29.99! I just like the fact that it’s a box of cool stuff that I didn’t have to go to the store to piece together myself. Ain’t nobody got time for that when you’re lounging in your bed with no pants on!

If that code doesn’t work, you can also use “santababy” to receive $200+ in goodies for $39.99.

Stay tuned for a review!


Have you used any subscription boxes? I’d love to know your favorites!

Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!

Top Songs This Month

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Happy December, friends! This year has flown by and here we are at the end. I hope everyone has been doing well and getting their goals ticked off on their lists. Does anyone listen to music to help them get productive? I know I do!

For some, music is life. This used to be the case with me as well, but I have recently fallen into a duldrom of music where nothing seemed to make me happy. That is until I stumbled across these few gems. The following songs have reignited that spark of inspiration that has been missing from my life for several months.


December Playlist

Don’t Stop – Little Violet

Cinnamon GirlDunkelbunt Feat Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar

IC3PEAK – Грустная Сука / Sad Bitch

IC3PEAK – THIS WORLD IS SICK

Lorn – Acid Rain

IC3PEAK – СКАЗКА / FAIRYTALE

Viktoria Modesta – Prototype

Hobo Johnson & The LoveMakers – Peach Scone


My friend introduced me to IC3PEAK recently and I fell in love. Hailing from Russia, these girls have a cool witchy vibe about them. If you are or have ever been goth at heart, these guys will give you exactly what you need to amp up your badass goth game. It is highly recommended that you listen to this while driving fast on dark roads. Something cool about their music is…remember I said they have a witchy vibe? It sparked my inspiration into thinking how cool it would be to have a group of witches as musical artists who cast their spells with their songs, with their lyrics being the incantations. Wicked!


What have you been listening to recently? One can never have too many music recommendations! Share your monthly selections down below; any genre, any style!

Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!