Here are this week’s Life Pro Tips.
1. Pay attention when someone flashes their high beams at you.
If you are driving down the road and a passing car flashes its high beams at you give extra attention to your surroundings. There could be a police officer around the next turn, an accident over the next hill, a slow-moving vehicle or buggy around a blind curve, or a fallen limb from a tree on the road. Don’t slam on your breaks; just give a little extra attention to the road and your surroundings.
If it keeps happening though; check to see if your light or car is the problem. Maybe you forgot to turn your lights on when getting into the car before the sun went down. Maybe you left your high beams on and are making it hard for others to see. Perhaps your low beams need adjusted to better aim on the road and not at oncoming traffic. Or perhaps there’s a person or object surfing on top of your car and you had no clue.
2. The National Suicide Hotline is a 3-digit number: 988.
3. If you own a GoPro, put a text file on the SD card about your contact info, like email. So if you lose it, people who find it can contact you.
4. If your boss asks you to take up an additional task, instead of saying ‘NO’ just give a detailed picture of all the tasks assigned to you and ask him to help you to prioritize the tasks by listing them down in the order of criticality!
5. The better shape you keep yourself in, the better you will weather traumatic events. When work/life gets hard, make sure you do your best to keep yourself fit.
Science shows that the fitter you are, the less likely you are to develop PTSD symptoms if you experience something traumatic (like getting fired, etc.).
In other words, when work gets hard, make sure you also get to the gym. Worst case scenario, you get fired. But you’ll be able to better process the event and move on, rather than suffering from nightmares, panic attacks, and recollections that hold you hostage.