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Pilates Stretching Exercises

I take my body for granted. I know I have a relatively functioning, young, capable body but in the 28 years I’ve been inhabiting it I’ve done very little to look after it, in the grand scheme of things. I take spa days and I get manicures/pedicures but I neglect the things that will ensure it runs smoothly in the future – READ: muscles. That was until recently when I recommenced physiotherapy and pilates. It’s made a world of difference to my wellbeing but it’s been one key realisation that has changed my way of thinking. We need to stretch ourselves.

I am talking about stretching both physically and mentally but for today we will concentrate on the physical. Our muscles are kind of like rubber bands – if we stretch them regularly they stay in shape and continue to work, but if we leave them unused they dry up and will likely break when we do go to use them. Just like with those rubber bands, a little regular stretching can give us an extended period of use.

Now that I have you thinking about all the rubber bands you have that may be starting to dry-up, let’s hear from an expert on the important topic of stretching. Pilates pro, Peta Serras, has a list of 5 things we all need to know.  Continue Reading

3M Futuro Night Wrist Splint Glove

I love working online but there’s a very serious downside to the constant typing I endure on my computer and phone, day and night. I’m in my mid-late 20’s and already have fairly debilitating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I have none of the common risk factors to have developed this problem at such a young age other than the repetitive use of my hands and wrists for typing. I’d heard of a Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) occurring in people older than 40 years of age but rarely in someone my age. As my doctors and physiotherapists would come to agree, I’m a rare case.

Most sufferers of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome will first experience their symptoms at night and feel fine during the day, but mine is so advanced now that I experience pain 24/7 and excruciatingly more during the night. The most effective relief for the symptoms of CTS is to wear a splint to stabilise the wrist joint and keep the hand in a comfortable resting position. In my case, I need to wear it all day and night but most splint designs can become uncomfortable after just a couple of hours wear. Having to wear one 24/7 means I need it to be extremely comfortable.

During the day I’m currently wearing a 3M Futuro for Her Slim Wrist Support but in the evening I want a change, especially because my day one needs a wash every second day. When I heard 3M had released a version for sleeping I was keen to try it. After wearing it for over a month I’m ready to share my review.  Continue Reading

FAT GIRL BEAUTY PROBLEMS

For a long time I’ve been learning startling things about the human body from the TV show, Embarrassing Bodies. Recently I discovered the spin-off, Embarrassing Fat Bodies, and immediately thought to myself,”hey now, isn’t this just going to be a whole show of fat shaming?”. I was wrong, it’s actually incredibly informative but it also made me realise something I hadn’t noticed previously. As I’ve discussed many times, my weight yoyo’s dramatically but something that clicked while I watched this show was that there are certain beauty issues that flare-up when I’m heavier. These are Fat Girl Beauty Problems.

All of these ailments can present in any person – age, weight, race, etc is irrelevant, but I’ve personally found they’re at their worst when I’m carrying extra flub. The emotional and health issues a girl can face from being overweight is enough to deal with. It goes without saying that losing weight is the best solution for these problems but I’m going to tell you how you can ease the burden in the meantime. Continue Reading

Woman Lower Back Pain image source

I have a terrible back. Like, really terrible. If you were to guess my age based entirely on how often I throw my back out you would probably put me at around 80 years old. The problem is that I know exactly what is wrong with it – I have a weak back. I sit on a computer day & night, I don’t exercise as much as I should, my boobs are getting heavier the more weight I put on and I carry a handbag that would exceed airline luggage limits. Unfortunately I am not the only one experiencing back pain at a young age as it is becoming more common due to our inactive lifestyles. So what can we do to change this and prevent back pain?

I put the question to Jason Smith, Physiotherapist, Founder of Back In Motion Health Group and author of ‘Get Yourself Back In Motion’. Jason has compiled these 5 important things you need to know about preventing back pain.  Continue Reading

Getting Personal Wellbeing Checklist

I love to-do lists. Actually, I only love crossing things off them and not so much actually writing things on them. All my to-do lists consist of business related reminders. If something personal does pop on the list it’s usually something along the lines of buying dog food or paying a bill. This has got me thinking that I should possibly have a personal to-do list as well. Something to remind me that I need to take care of myself.

Despite being relatively healthy, there is a lot of things I avoid when it comes to looking after myself. I will only go to the doctor when I am so sick I think I’m  dying. If I am stressed or sore I will book a spa treatment (which is a good thing) but I won’t look further into what may be causing the problem. And I am a natural-born procrastinator, so I haven’t had a dental or eye check-up in I don’t know how long. This is why I have decided I need a Wellbeing Checklist. And you do too!

Writing a checklist is important because the act of writing down what needs to be down has a strange way of implanting itself in your memory, more so than just trying to remember it without writing a note. Placing the checklist in a location you will constantly see it, such as on your fridge or next to your computer, will make you see the reminder and eventually you will do what you need to do just so you can cross it off. Today I am sharing my checklist with you so that you will hopefully feel inspired to create your own. I will also need some help from you on a few of my items, so I hope you will join in. Continue Reading

Professional beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries shares her personal blogger burnout advice and tips.

This article is Part 1 of a three-part series about my personal experience with Blogger Burnout – My Demise + My Recovery + My Future

In Part 1 of my Blogger Burnout story I shared about how my 5+ year blogging career was blown apart. In Part 2, I shared with you the work I put in to learning some big lessons. Now, in Part 3, I’m going to share what happened as a result of my blogger burnout and absence, and what the future may hold for The Plastic Diaries. I have some important blogger burnout advice and let’s not forget, like all trilogies, the third instalment is the best, right?  Continue Reading

Professional beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries shares her personal blogger burnout recovery story and experience

This articles is Part 1 of a three part series about my personal experience with Blogger Burnout – My Demise + My Recovery + My Future

In Part 1 of my Blogger Burnout story I shared about how my 5+ year blogging career was run into the ground. In this post, Part 2, I’m going share with you what took place after burning out. I’ll share the journey of my blogger burnout recovery and how rebuilding a life meant destroying it a little more first.  Continue Reading

Professional beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries shares her personal blogger burnout story and experience

This article is Part 1 of a three-part series about my personal experience with Blogger Burnout – My Demise + My Recovery + My Future

I started The Plastic Diaries in 2008, became a full-time blogger in 2010 and vanished from the blogging universe in 2015. Where did I go? Why? What happened to me? These are questions that have been asked of me during my 18+ month disappearance. The short answer was blogger burnout – a rarely spoken of condition that is fast becoming a serious concern amongst the influencer industry. Have you ever followed a blogger and notice that one day they have just disappeared? Their blog stopped posting new content, their social media went untouched – it happens often. In my almost 9 years of blogging I have lost count of the bloggers that have come and gone, most of which I have no idea why or where they went.

Upon my return to blogging at the end of last year I’ve put off explaining what exactly occurred in my life. I confided in a few select friends and trusted individuals about my story but I’ve brushed over it with the wider community by saying the cause was “personal stuff”. I don’t believe bloggers owe anyone an explanation when they disappear but I know that when my favourites have gone AWOL I’ve missed them and been concerned for their wellbeing. I didn’t want to be another blogger who vanished without a trace and leave you wondering. I also believe Continue Reading

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