Here are 5 things you should know.
1. If someone yells “behind” in a kitchen, it means “don’t move or I’ll hit you.” They’re not asking you to step aside.
People have workplace accidents because of this misunderstanding all the time. If somebody is carrying, say, a scalding hot pot of soup and they say “behind,” a lot of newbies’ first instinct is to jump out of the way, resulting in them colliding with the person who called out. Instead, stand stock still until they’ve passed.
Interestingly, a similar problem occurs on bike paths when someone calls out “coming up on your left!” Many people have the inclination to hop laterally, causing an accident. Instead, just stay where you are, moving predictably.
2. If you desperately fear/avoid “harmless” things like asking people out, interviews, social situations, what people think about you, or just life in general, you may have uncontrolled and debilitating anxiety. Please consider getting help, if only through prescribed medication.
Talk to your doctor about getting the help that’s right for you, REGARDLESS of what that help is!! By “if only through prescribed medication”, I mean “even if it is only through prescribed medication”. Definitely not saying that’s the only way!!)
See your doctor if:
You feel like you’re worrying too much and it’s interfering with your work, relationships, or other parts of your life.
Your fear, worry, or anxiety is upsetting to you and difficult to control.
You feel depressed, have trouble with alcohol or drug use, or have other mental health concerns along with anxiety.
You think your anxiety could be linked to a physical health problem.
You have suicidal thoughts or behaviors — if this is the case, seek emergency treatment immediately.
Your worries may not go away on their own, and they may get worse over time if you don’t seek help. See your doctor or a mental health provider before your anxiety gets worse. It’s easier to treat if you get help early.
Your life could change for the better DRASTICALLY. Imagine being chained down from doing anything other than what you already know to be as safe as possible day after day, and even having that be difficult because of “what if?”. Having to pull with all your might to attempt anything remotely new and scary, even if there’s no logical reason why. It’s no way to live.
Don’t get me wrong–fear is important! It keeps us from immediately YOLOing ourselves into non-existence. “I want to feel like I’m flying!” finds the nearest, highest place to jump off of and flap my arms uselessly.
But just like with all good things, fear’s level can be set WAY too high. It’s like a shell that’s so thick and all-encompassing you can’t feel or be close to anything or anyone or being so engorged with life-giving water that you get sick or die.
If you feel your level of natural fear is just too high, reaching a point of uncontrolled and debilitating anxiety, please consider investigating if it truly is by talking to a doctor. There are treatment options, and they are worth it and they can work.
And most importantly of all: A debilitatingly high level of anxiety is NOT YOUR FAULT. YOU are NOT BROKEN or UNDESERVING. You HAVE broken arms, and you’re trying to drive “just like those” whose arms aren’t broken. Get your arms fixed first–you deserve it!!
3. When requesting customer service of any kind, use gentle terms to convey your problem and avoid writing in all caps or swearing. When customer service representatives know they won’t be rated poorly and won’t have to deal with a lot of back and forth, you’ll get help much faster.
4. Do not store apples near other fruits and vegetables.
Because they can speed up the ripening process.
As apples ripen, they produce a gas called ethylene which speeds up the ripening process of other fruits and vegetables stored nearby, or stored in the same fridge.
5. The universal plastic grading symbol is NOT a recycling symbol.
The universal plastic grading symbol on all plastic products looks a lot like the recycling symbol (which was intentional by the way). It’s actually a symbol for you to know how easy the product in question is to recycle. The symbol is similar to the recycling symbol but with a number in the middle (between 1 and 7). The number tells you how easy (and likely) it is for said product to be recycled. In the UK, numbers 1, 2 and 5 are currently recycled. In America it’s just 1 and 2. Check what numbers are recycled in your country and buy wisely!