Dec 2- It’s a good day to clean out your “purse.”

I have a reputation for carrying heavy purses. I don’t set out to weigh myself down, I simply lose track of what’s inside and never take the time to sort through the mess until my shoulder starts to ache. Did you know there is a condition called Heavy Purse Syndrome? Symptoms include:

  • Upper Back and Neck Pain
  • Tension Headaches
  • Low Back Pain or Sciatica
  • Elbow Tendinitis
  • Rotator Cuff injury in the shoulder
  • Numbness & Tingling into the arm or hand

Experts say purses should not exceed 10% of our body weight.

(I’m pretty sure mine usually does.)

While I’ve never discovered a four and a half pound brick in my purse ( I definitely don’t attend “events” that require those ) I have dug out a thousand little things that collectively add up over time!

Which brings me to Christmas 2020.

Many of us are trudging into the season lugging along the heaviness of this past year. Disappointments, fear, sadness and anger are stacked up like wrinkled receipts in the compartments of our minds. Each Covid restriction is another quarter weighing down our already bulging wallet. The large ring of keys we’re carrying might include a few for doors whose locks have now been changed.

So yeah, today might be a good day to sit down and go through your purse..

your actual, REAL purse.

And as you relieve yourself of the burden of that which you are tired of carrying, imagine yourself releasing the emotional weights of this past year. This is an exercise that is good for both body and soul and a great way to start the Christmas season.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. LA says:

    Wonderful reminder! And I clean out my purse every night. I know…I’m that annoying person…

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    1. Cindy says:

      WHAAAAAAT???? 😳–OK–You either need to run life improvement seminars or get a prescription…which one is it? HAHAHA!!

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      1. LA says:

        Of course, I have a logical explanation. As I walk everywhere, I require different purses for different activities. I’m going to run errands in a n hour or so. As I will likely have two bags of groceries and sundries that are heavyish I will carry a light crossbody. When I go to the eye doctor this afternoon, I’ll have a tote with my extra glasses, iPad, etc… I could conceivably use three different ones in a day. So I keep a box in the hallway and I just throw things in it that I might need. Sanitizer. Lip balm. Tissues. When I’m getting ready to leave I grab what’s needed for what I’m doing. Ok…call me crazy…😆

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      2. Cindy says:

        I actually LOVE the box idea..and you do a lot more walking and subway-ing than most people, I’m sure. I drive everywhere so a suitcase sized purse is not a big deal.. recently, I removed TWO measuring tapes from my purse..not one, two. No idea why they were in there.. then there was the free deodorant from my last mammo, about six chap and lipsticks, an empty sunglass case, an umbrella, a zoo keepers sized key ring with keys to who knows where.
        ..I could go on..

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      3. LA says:

        Omg! Though I admit, if I drove places mine would probably be similar…

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      4. LA says:

        I’m impressed you own two tape measures….

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      5. Cindy says:

        Oh, we have more than two..🙄 In my defense, one of them was free from the furniture store..the stuff we bought was so expensive, I should have taken the whole bucket of tape measures just to make me feel better.


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