Posted by: mamas2hands | February 2, 2010

Being a Hypocrite

Yep, I realized it is really the truth.  Because right now– in fact for the past 3 weeks– my hands and wrists have not been happy with me.  Sad to say,  I am wearing this brace on my right hand for most of my days and nights. It’s really fun to type with…. Not….

Strapped up for work

I write about and talk about hand health. All. The. Time.  It’s part of the reason I am known as Mamas2hands.  Yet here I am ignoring my own advice.  I know better.

I know that if I crochet for 3 hours non-stop, things will hurt when I finally get up to take that desperately needed bathroom break.  Not just my hands, but also my neck and shoulders, and even my backside from sitting in the same spot and basically the same position for all those hours.

Now for my excuses. You knew I would have some, right?  It’s all a matter of perception. I am just going to crochet for a few minutes or work on the computer for a few minutes.  And really, that’s all they felt like.  A few minutes.  But the reality is that Einstein never created a formula for perceiving time, even though he had calculations for the relativity of time.

Only the old saying, “Time flies when you are having fun” can explain it fully.  Though I would modify that  …Time flies when you are too busy to breathe.  So my body has forcibly reminded me that I may no longer ignore my knowledge and must instead take better care of myself.  Starting with…I will remember to breathe.

AND I will go to bed at a reasonable hour AND get at least 8 hours of sleep.  I will drink lots of water and cut down on the amount of sugar I eat. I will do my daily stretches and I will take regular breaks from the computer and crocheting.

Most importantly I will forgive myself when I screw up doing all the above, because like everyone else I’m not really a hypocrite…I’m only human.


Responses

  1. Yeah, I’ve got a support on my wrist right now, too. Stopped work early today because I was getting the twinges and only made it about 3 hours before I had to have a hook in my hand again. Got so engrossed in the new design I kept working until it really hurt. Planning errands for in the morning to give myself a bit more of a break.

    One thing I’ve started to do that helps remind me to stretch and keeps me on task is to set a timer. I work for 25 minutes straight, no distractions, no putting down the crochet. Then when that timer goes off, I set it again for 5-10 minutes and I do something else. I either check email, or play a game on my iPod, check Twitter, get up and walk around, etc. Then back to work. I got A LOT done today on a project that has been boring me to death.

    Feel better!


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