Here are 5 things you should know.
1. Antibiotics will do nothing for the flu, or any other virus. Antibiotics only work for bacterial related illnesses. Taking antibiotics when not necessary will do nothing to help, and can do more harm by making them less effective in the future.
Antibiotic resistance is a very real thing and the overuse or misuse of antibiotics can create super strains of bacteria that are immune to antibiotics.
Antibiotics work most often by “punching” holes in a cell wall of a bacteria or by preventing cell walls from being built in the first place. This means the bacteria cannot survive and thus eliminates an infection such as a UTI for example (Urinary Tract Infection).
A virus, on the other hand, is not a living cell and is DNA or RNA (genetic material) surrounded by a protein coat. Antibiotics have nothing to “attack” on a virus and as such will do nothing whatsoever to help.
If you are prescribed antibiotics by a doctor, take the full bottle as prescribed even if you are feeling better towards the end. Not finishing the course can leave traces of the bacteria to regrow, and developing resistance to the antibiotic.
2. If you’re an iPhone user and are sick of apps constantly asking you to “give feedback”, you can easily disable this.
Settings > iTunes & App Store > turn off “In-App Ratings & Reviews”
Because constantly getting that “HOW ARE WE DOING?” Pop up linking to leave a review in almost every app gets annoying.
3. If you have ever made a purchase from Home Depot online, even if you checked out as a guest, they have your CC tied to your email address.
4. There is the “check-in” tool if you are having trouble with whatever you are currently feeling.
If you are feeling anxious, nervous, or any other feelings that you may have trouble expressing, one tool that can be used is called the “check in” and it goes like this:
I’m feeling/was feeling _____ (make sure this is an actual emotion, not a belief. For example saying “I feel hurt” is different from saying “I feel like you attacked me”.)
I feel this way when _____ happens (this part is the objective trigger, keyword “objective”. To stay with the above example, saying “you called me a liar” is much different from saying “you attacked me”.)
I feel this way because I believe _____ (this is part is the subjective trigger. Here it’s acceptable to say something like “I believe your intention was to attack and hurt me”, but be sure to stay clear that this is your perception, not something objective.)
What I notice in my body is _____ (what are the sensations in your body that tell you-you’re feeling the way you do?)
I choose to respond by _____
To give you an example:
I am feeling nervous and hopeful.
I feel this way when I share an explanation of the check-in format.
I feel this way because I think my words may not be effective or helpful. However, I also think that I have a responsibility to share ideas that may help people fix their problems even when their lives are largely out of my control.
What I notice in my body is shallow breathing and a bright energetic sensation in my chest and throat.
I choose to respond by letting go of my attachment to other people’s actions and just share the idea.
Of course, nobody really expresses themselves exactly like that. But any thorough discussion about your feelings will have those elements in some form or another. The check-in is also helpful if you just want to work out exactly how you’re feeling. And nobody even has to know that you’re doing it. Self-awareness is critical for good communication.
5. This is how we can use an app in IOS without ads but without turning airplane mode on.
Under “Mobile”, find the app and toggle it off. Disconnect from Wi-Fi but leave mobile data on. You can use the app ad-free while still receiving calls/notifications or streaming music.