Here are 5 things you should know.
1. You can transfer Spotify playlists to other music streaming services (like Apple Music, Amazon Music, and others), and vice versa.
If you’re only staying with Spotify because you’ve built up a lot of personal playlists with them, apps (like SongShift) will copy and sync your playlists over to other music streaming services. This makes it easy to try other services, many of which offer free trials.
2. The random urge you get to drive into a guardrail or jump off a cliff and commit suicide is actually a normal phenomenon called “The Call of the Void”.
Have you ever stood on a balcony, leaned over the edge, and unexpectedly thought, “If I wanted to, I could just jump?” Or perhaps you’ve been at a cliff’s edge, with the intention of doing nothing more than enjoying the view and fleetingly considering how easy it would be to simply step over the edge. This sudden, often unanticipated thought is usually nothing to be worried about.
This feeling — which tends to be brief, entirely out of character, and often involves thoughts of leaping from a high place or driving headfirst into an oncoming vehicle — is more widespread than you might think. In fact, it’s so common, the French have a term for it: l’appel du vide. In English, this translates to “the call of the void.”
If you’re ever feeling suicidal or are grappling with distressing thoughts, you can get help. Call 800-273-TALK — it’s anonymous, free, and 24/7. Remember you are not alone. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help.
3. Your weight can fluctuate as much as 5-6 pounds (2.25-2.75 kg) throughout the day. If you’re trying to gain or lose weight, it’s better to track overall trends instead of day-by-day results.
There are several factors that can influence your body weight including water retention, recent bowel movements (or lack thereof), menstruation cycle, medications you’re taking, and more.
If you’re going to track your body weight, it’s important to weigh yourself at a consistent time of day such as in the morning before eating and to do it on a regular basis, such as every Sunday. If you decide to weigh yourself every day, your weight can fluctuate and therefore it’s more important to track trends instead of focusing on each day’s specific number. Personally, whenever I’m trying to lose weight, I use the app Libra: you can add your weight every day and the app automatically calculates trends in your weight loss or gain based on consistent changes.
Just because the scale hasn’t tipped in your favor for one day isn’t a reason to become discouraged! However, if you’re noticing that trends aren’t going well over the course of several days or weeks, you will likely have to make some changes in your diet and/or exercise regimen.
4. In an unused (e.g. guest) bathroom, keep the shower, sink, and toilet drain U-pipes full of water to prevent sewer gas from entering your home.
This is especially important if your house is on a septic system.
5. There is a treatment that works for PTSD 85% of the time and it is currently being legalized in several countries including the USA.
PTSD is a debilitating condition affecting millions of people around the world. Current treatments take a very long time and only have about a 30% efficacy.
An organization called MAPS has published research that using medical-grade MDMA with concurrent psychotherapy puts PTSD into remission 66% at the end of a three-month treatment and 85% at the one-year follow-up.
The treatment should be available by 2023/2024 and they are working hard to get it covered by insurance. Suffering people should know that this is coming.