anonymous asked:

so my hand has been cramping up whenever I write/draw (like towards my outer palm) so I was just wondering if you think I should get that checked out or just take a break from drawing (I know you're not s doc, I thought maybe you've experienced something similar) (also, note to self, start stretching my hand before I draw, lol)

Yes it is VERY IMPORTANT TO stretch and warm up your wrist, shoulder, neck, and arm before and after drawing. I had to get physio and treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome when I was 18 because I had bad posture and never stretched. Here are some good stretches to help prevent CTS: 

Remember to have good posture (shoulder blades back, like you’re squeezing something in between them) and try not to hunch. Stretch your neck often as well! 

Some Guy’s Stretches/Exercises

Hey artists, writers who type a lot, phone gawkers, ect. Perhaps you may find this useful.

Turns out I probably had a pinched nerve in my neck which was causing my neck/shoulder pain, so I looked up some neck stretches.

I’m about to promote the hell out of someone, I do not know this guy but I hope he appreciates what I’m doing for him here. XD

However, if any of these exercises causes you extreme pain, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DON’T DO IT! I want to help, not seriously injure you. o__o

“Towel Derp”

I started using this rather silly looking exercise to help with my neck and it’s done WONDERS for it. It’s also just supposed to be good for those with poor posture and other neck pain.

If you try this, please note that while it may feel good at first, you WILL get sore the more you do it. XD It should pass in time though.

“Turkey Derp”

I also started doing this even more ridiculous looking exercise that is supposed to help neck, arms, hands, all of it.

“Dramatic One-Shoulder Shrug”

Just a quick stretch meant to help ease one-sided neck pain quickly.

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Now onto stretches just meant for HAND/ARM/WRIST pain from repetitive motion!

“Pull My Fingers”

I’m sure a lot of artists/writers have heard of the “pull your flipped hand downwards” stretch, but this one reveals that doing this by pulling the hand down by the fingers gives a much better stretch! Err, just watch if you didn’t understand. XP

“Pull Down Your Punch”

I don’t have a video for this one, but for a good stretch where the top of your arm faces upward - Stretch out your arm, put your hand into a fist, grab the fist with your other hand, pull down and hold it for a few seconds. Works better than if your hand is open.

One last hand stretch recommendation with no picture or anything - Simply open up your hand and spread out your fingers as much as you can! Rest it, repeat, ect.

Anyway, these stretches in particular have helped me quite a bit, ESPECIALLY my neck pain. It’s even helped my hand and arm pain a bit.

I am not CURED, mind you, especially not my hands, and for all I know even this will stop helping me in time, but it’s been a few weeks now and I’ve at least been functioning better than I was. SO, here are these videos to anyone who may also find them helpful.

Suffering from Back Pain? Try Exercise.

Approximately 31 million Americans suffer from low back pain, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). It’s the most common cause of worker disability worldwide, costing billions of dollars annually in both direct and indirect costs.

While many people who suffer from back pain struggle to perform otherwise simple tasks, mustering up the energy to exercise could prove beneficial. According to new guidelines published by the American College of Physician, individuals suffering from chronic low pain should seek non-drug therapy first, which includes heat wraps, massage therapy, and exercise.

Heat wraps work by stimulating blood flow to the affected region. When heat is placed over a body part, more blood flows to that region. This, in turn, encourages faster healing times while subsequently reducing pain and associated symptoms.

Massage therapy works in a similar fashion by also encouraging blood flow to the affected muscle or region. Furthermore, massage therapy “works out” muscle knots that could be the root cause of back pain.

So, how exactly does exercise offer relief of lower back pain? When you exercise, muscles are stretched and worked. It also promotes more blood flow; thus, speeding up recovery times. The bottom line is that exercise does in fact work to reduce lower back pain. It’s not 100% effective in all cases, but when used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle, exercise can certainly help to relieve lower back pain.

Given that most patients with acute or subacute low back pain improve over time regardless of treatment, clinicians and patients should select nonpharmacologic treatment with superficial heat massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation,“ the American College of Physicians says in its new guidance.

Of course, there are other steps you can take to relieve back pain, some of which include the following:

  • Avoid bending over and performing other motions that strain your lower back.
  • Take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like aspirin or ibuprofen.
  • Maintain a healthy diet, focusing on lean meats with fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Be conscious of your posture, keeping your body upright whether seated or standing.
  • When lifting objects, bend your knees until they are almost parallel to the floor, at which point you can grab the object and extend your knees back straight.
  • Avoid prolonged sitting or other long periods of inactivity.

anonymous asked:

URGENT: This friday I am going to write 1 out of 3 final exams which will determine if I get my degree / my degree's value and I don't have a problem concerning the subject itself (normally I have 13 (1-) /14 (1) points out of 15 (1+)) , but I am scared of having a panic attack making it impossible to participate. All exams will be up to 6 hours and I don't think I will be able to suffer through all of it.

Hello there!

Breathe. You got this. I understand that you are under a lot of pressure, and that this is very important to you, but remember, that no matter what happens, as long as you try your best, then the results will show. Even if something bad happens, you tried your best, and you should be proud at that. Remember that whatever happens during each exam that you’ll get past this no matter what the outcome is. My favorite quote is “this too shall pass” because no matter what anything happens, you’ll be able to get past it, and life goes on. You get life lessons in everything you do, and this is just another.

Ok, now that the philosophics are out of the way, I’ll give you some tips that have saved me from the terrors of examinations and their intimidating rooms.

The night before:

1.    If you’ve studied well, you KNOW you’re ready. It’s just the doubt that’s inside, and when that comes, push it away with something that calms you. Drink something warm that you like, whether that be coffee, milk, tea or water. Giving yourself a break from all the stress will relieve it temporarily and that temporary moment is sometimes just the thing you need to prevent you from stressing more.

2.    Review key concepts and everything that you are SURE you need. Don’t focus on everything if you aren’t sure it’s going to be on it.

3.    Take a shower and sleep early. Refresh yourself with a start of a new day that’s approaching.

The day of:

1.    A shower in the morning is a preference so you can choose. But time it right, you don’t want to be late.

2.    If you think you are up for the task, on the way to the exam room, try to think of key concepts in your head rather than straight panicking. Don’t look at anything, just zone out and try to think of critical points. It’ll prevent you from wasting time and also give you one last boost before you step in

3.    Bring some snacks if it’s permitted, and WATER. Don’t get any other type of beverage as it can alter your state of mind before or during the exam. Too much energy means your too excitable and not focused, and too little means you get lethargic. Try to balance your food and drink as healthily and as effectively as you can.

4.    During the exam, skip the ones you don’t know first and come back to them later. If you spend more than 5 minutes on a question that was only supposed to take 2, come back for it later. Your focus is to do well on the ones you know, and then come back and critically think more later.

5.    If you start to feel stressed, or your eyes get tired, flip your exam over, stretch a bit and close your eyes and depending on time, breathe in and out 5-10 times. In and out counts as one breath by the way.

6.    Try writing on your test paper or a scrap sheet they can give you. You can jot down any formulas, notes or mnemonics you remembered in case you get confused later or forget. Do this as soon as you get your test or scrap sheet.

7.    Read closely! Usually, when you focus, panic can’t compete. It trumps all feelings of anxiety once you actually focus and get into your zone. Try to be as precise and read everything closely so you don’t miss anything.

8.    Finally, as your exam is coming to a close, double check, heck triple check if you can. This is a tip. Checking doesn’t meaning doubting your answer, it’s making sure all the things are in their places, seeing if your name is on it, and reading every question closely and seeing if you are confident with your answers.

After you’re done:

1.    Do treat yourself! Go out with friends and relax a bit. Never regret this part. Even if your results come back and you feel like you don’t deserve, you’re completely wrong. First it’s already a hell of its own to sit there for more than 1 hour looking over questions, some random person created while probably having more than 3 cups of coffee in one sitting. You definitely deserve it, because you finished the exam, be proud you did, and be confident that you’ll be able to get through it.

2.    Tell yourself that I DID IT. As a young adult myself, with that amount of stress could make anyone a little off their marbles. So no matter what happens, congratulate yourself on your hard work.

3.    Take a nap, or go on a walk to let all that access adrenaline out.

Just know at the end of the day, a grade or a result doesn’t define you as a person. There are always new oppurtunities and chances, and as harsh as life is, it always gives endless chances to those who are willing to take them.

Good luck and sorry for being a little late!

~Ella ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

I don’t want to be stuck in one place. I want to visit Greece during the Summer and Paris when it’s snowing. I want to see Rome and visit the Sistine Chapel. I want to sail the coast of Italy on a beautiful sunny day. I want to be that skinny pretty girl who takes pictures and documents her adventures. I want to live life to the fullest.