I know, it actually sounds insane. What can polishing my own nails really do to help me with my injuries?
It’s going on 3 months since I haven’t been at work, until further notice. I was involved in a car accident in September which was serious enough to actually keep me out of work this long. Honestly speaking, it could’ve been a whole lot worse and I am quite thankful for the state I am in and just continue to attend any therapy sessions scheduled for me.
I like to think of myself as a very private individual despite being as direct as possible to anyone who asks me about my life and what I am up to. The point behind this blog is definitely not to look for anything from anyone, however I believe that there’s always a reason behind anything that happens in life. I actually wanted to just share a little inspiration to any and all who need it as we all come to a point where we feel incapable of fulfilling what should be very simple.
This is a journey through which I am learning that even pushing myself to perform the smallest of movements can help me in the long run, even if it causes some pain along the way. It also is teaching me that not being mindful enough of any motion I put my body through, can and has worsened my injuries, causing a delay in my recovery. Moderation is key. (Something I definitely need to learn more of especially when it comes to Essie polishes.)
Besides the unfortunate part of not being at work because of this accident, it also left me with more idle time on my hands than I’d wish for. (I know, ask me if I want to wake up for work whenever it is I will be able to return and I’d probably want to keep the cover over my head.) The accident pretty much left me unable to do much (according to the doctors who in fact have been proven right on several occasions) and to just “take it easy” due to the injuries. Again, it could’ve been much worse, but it’s not easy to sit around, restricted from doing the simplest of life’s necessities such as cooking, cleaning and washing clothes and dishes, which pretty much sums up being a responsible adult. The worst of it is that my dominant side, my right side, more specifically my extremities, are where the injuries were more serious.
Besides the responsibilities of being a mother, daughter, partner and friend, maintaining a household can’t be put on hold. And for those who know me would know that an important part of my sanity is doing my nails. (#nochippednail) I’m one of those people who can probably capitalize from this hobby as a few people have already shown interest in supporting me for that idea. For now, I’d rather it remain just a hobby with the possibility of it becoming more in the future, as I learn more about it myself. The extra time I have on my hands because of the accident has been spent with countless hours reading articles and net surfing which lead to my growing curiosity and interest in nail art.
As if it didn’t take enough time and effort for me to steady my left hand to polish my right nails, now I have to also take the time to steady my right since it’s been a bit shaky since the accident. My ability to polish my nails in a moving vehicle will definitely have to be put on hold for some time. With ongoing doctor’s visits for physical therapy, attempting to do my nails have also become somewhat a simple workout for my right arm and shoulder. And slowly it is helping more than I expected.
Everything I learned about nail care, and now nail art are either self taught, learned from interactions with the very few nail techs who have had the opportunity to work on my nails and toes (yes, I am quite a difficult customer when it comes to this because I can and do my own very well) and through various internet search (Google, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, etc…). I don’t pretend to know everything, however I do have a very vast knowledge on it and always eager to learn a whole lot more. Polishing my own nails and toes have become a huge part of my life since 2006. Although my interest in nail polishing itself has grown tremendously since I was a kid, being “grown” and having my own money made it that much easier to indulge in what I wanted, when I wanted.
In high school, when I wasn’t involved in any sports activity, I’d get my nails done on a biweekly basis. Thanks to my first ever talented nail tech, whose name I don’t even remember anymore, I’d always get complimented on my nails as they were always very long and bright with very colorful and unique designs. (The above picture displays similar designs I’d get in the past and is not my own picture. Result of a Google search: “bright nail art designs”. https://goo.gl/images/MLY8pa)
I went from having designs on my nails such as those pictured above to having my own short and square nails just polished (as bright as possible whenever I got the chance to). Having bright nail art designs, although fun, may not always be desirable in a professional and conservative setting such as a workplace. It made a lot more sense to do my nails and toes myself, save money and invest it in my own collection of nail polish (Essie costs a pretty penny) since a plain colored manicure is a lot simpler than having a professional nail tech work their magic on your nails. After all, I work in a position that puts me out in the open with the public, and although they often compliment my nail polish choice especially when it’s a very bright and vibrant color, there are also company standards which I must comply with as much as possible. Over the past few weeks, during one of my numerous attempts to control my shaky right hand as I was changing my nail polish color, my interest in nail art resurfaced.
What better idea was there than to use something I already enjoy and love to do such as polishing my own nails and toes, to also help me recover and help me heal the injuries from the accident? I know, it actually sounds insane. What can polishing my own nails really do to help me with my injuries? Physical therapy focuses a lot more on the bigger muscles, which in turn help the smaller muscles, right? Having my arm do small controlled movements such as the placement of a dotting tool correctly on my nail to create a circular polish stain, now that’s a challenge in itself for any inexperienced person without steady hands, imagine for me who can’t keep my hand steady enough without shaking to even draw a line as straight as possible without a ruler. Maybe knowing that I can find something to do on my own to help better my condition is more of a mental support than anything else. Going from having a hectic work scheduled to that having to stay home with lots of restrictions until I am healed completely drove me insane. Little by little, the countless ideas provided by Pinterest and Instagram posts especially, started coming to life in my imagination and I knew exactly what I needed to do for myself. I may not be able to mop the kitchen floor or scrub the bathroom tiles and tub, but I can give my body some activities in a way that won’t cause too much strain on the muscles which needs to heal. After all, being immobile has never been a good thing.
Posted below are what I’ve been able to work on so far. Each took me 2-3 days to complete both hands because I needed to stop a lot when I started feeling some pain. The pictures were taken weeks apart with the most recent one first.
1. Unassisted French lines, dots and hearts created with a dotting tool: Posted 11/26/2017
2. Unassisted simple French lines and thinner lines created with a thin brush: Posted 11/17/2017
3: Lines assisted by scotch tape for the negative space and thin brush for the thinner lines. Posted 11/09/2017
4: Squiggly lines created on scotch tape pieces by the dispenser’s cutting edge: Posted 10/31/2017
5. Diagonal lines created with scotch tape: Posted 10/25/2017
We all deal with life and its events in different ways. It also really depends on the severity of a situation which allows each individual to decide whether or not to deal with anything thrown their way on their own or with help. Sometimes help simply means a little inspiration. Not wanting to waste any time put in front of me became mine. Wanting to get better, not only medically but in all aspects of life, pushed me to get on with accomplishing the not so simple task of being able to control my right hand enough to place a dot on a nail in the desired position.
Lines and dots proved themselves to be easiest to polish on with the assistance of a simple item such as scotch tape and dotting tools. Striping tapes of various colors are even available for purchases because it is so much easier than having to polish on the line. Imagine being able to do it without any of that? That’s a goal I am working on and will keep working on even after I recover completely from this accident. Until then, practice does make perfect, or as close to it as possible.