Pretty Purse Syndrome: My Bag’s Too Heavy!
by Laetitia Wong
Having switched up my laptops rather frequently over the past few years, since I started schooling and eventually working as a writer at a local newspaper and other small publishing firms, I’ve been moving my bookmarks from folder to folder, and happened to chance upon this article that I saved in my ‘Favourite Writings’ archive that I created when I was a mere 17 years of age, an aspiring writer and ardent fan of the New York Times.
In this article, titled ‘Ouch! My bag is killing me’, talks about a young woman who lugs pretty much her entire life along with her everywhere she goes, and eventually had to pay a visit to a rehabilitation therapist in order to get her posture and backaches under control.
Needless to say, I found the article insightful and incredibly relatable. Take a look around you; Be it on the morning commute or just a casual walk around any mall in Singapore. Most of us women carry around bags that weigh approximately the gross poundage of a hefty 3-year old toddler.
A research conducted at Young Women’s Health reported that be it backpacks of carry ons, they should not weigh more than 10% of your weight. Take it from me, the tote that I’ve been lugging around for the past 7 years has definitely surpassed the 5.3kg mark.
Too-heavy bags can cause spinal problems, severe muscle aches and even cause migraine headaches in individuals.
Here are some ways you can reduce that stress on your shoulder:
1. Frequently switch sides
Make a conscious effort to switch shoulders (in the event of a Tote Bag) every 10 minutes, in order to evenly distribute the weight of your bag. Also, opting for a bag with thicker straps can help with the constant muscle aches. When you do feel tension in your neck, don’t ignore it. Take a minute from your shopping to stretch. Or do what I do – Hand your bag to your man and flash him those pearly whites.
2. You don’t need 10 lip glosses
The concept of a vanity means that you leave it at home. All you need is one stellar red lippie, blotting sheets and perhaps a tube of mascara and some facial wipes. Rethink those pressed powders and ditch the dirty makeup sponge. Opt for facial blotters instead of caking your face with layers of powder. Your pores will thank you.
3. Daily declutterance may send deliverance
At the end of every day, take 15 minutes to empty your bag on your bed to throw away the unwanted rubbish you stuffed in that black hole of a bag, toss the receipts into the bin and leave the change at home. I suggest investing in a piggy bank. They’re relatively cheap, Daiso’s your best bet. Oh, and water ain’t that expensive. It’s a dollar at the nearest 7-11, so ditch that heavy pink canister of yours. That can stay at home.