Take two to ten minutes to tidy up your home before you go to bed. The next morning, you’ll feel way better not having to look at all the junk/things you still have to do.
I call it the power of “might as well”
Gonna get up from my desk and go to the kitchen? Oh well, might as well take this plate with me.
Going to pee before bed? Oh well, might as well brush my teeth.
Going to brush my teeth? Oh well, might as well floss.
Going outside? Oh well, might as well bring the trash.
Its ridiculous, but it works.
Choose your reaction before your emotions can.
I was always jealous of people who naturally had a great response to problems (like “I forgot something at home. Oh well, it happens to everyone. I’m sure they’ll understand why I’m late.”). I began really noticing how much easier that must make life, so I started trying to imagine the “right” reaction to situations.
If you make yourself pause to think of a good reaction, you can kind of choose it like “Yeah, that would be a good one” and then you don’t give your stupid brain an opportunity to throw out a sh**ty reaction.
(Someone made me remember something I think is important to add, so I’m pasting it here so it won’t get lost)
I learned to do it despite it seeming impossible. The trick for me was to recognize that I was enabling and feeding my own emotional responses, like “My car won’t start, I should be upset! Why wouldn’t I be?! This will cost me money!” I was choosing to be upset because I was “supposed” to be, or I was entitled to be upset. But I didn’t really want to be.
One of my favorite is to bring a couple of new disposable diapers to the beach (lake, river, etc.) If you decide to leave your towel to hit the water, you can wrap your cell phone, car keys, wallet up in diaper, then fasten it up and I promise you NO ONE will mess with your stuff! You’re welcome! Hee!
If something’s worth doing, it’s usually worth doing badly.
Half-assing the dishes is better than leaving them to fester in the sink. Sending old friends a happy birthday message when Facebook prompts you is better than losing touch entirely. Taking a quick shower without soap is better than not showering at all. Piling your laundry up in a basket instead of putting in the wardrobe is better than leaving it scattered over the floor.
Also applies to self-improvement stuff as well as maintenance. Don’t worry so much about doing 100 pushups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats and a 10km run that you do nothing, just walk around the block and do one of each of the others for now. Just write one page a day of that novel, and allow it to be terrible. Write simple, buggy programs. Draw badly. Watch youtubers cook or fix their car or put on makeup or build something, even, if you can’t find the energy to yourself.
If you’re having trouble finding a date start pre-emptively assuming that everyone is off-limits and just focus on finding genuine friends who match your orientation.
Somewhere along the line you’ll lose your discomfort and start getting better at doing what you want or need to do.
Don’t save your banking information on online stores. Makes impulse buying much more difficult if you have to track down your wallet.
Don’t ask someone ‘do you need anything?’ when they are going through something. Ask them ‘what can I do for you?’ and stop talking. Sometimes listening is enough. Being a good listener isn’t easy. You have to stop waiting for your turn to speak and just be there for them. Source: father of daughters.
When someone you like or respect does something confusingly infuriating, imagine the most-favorable-to-them possible explanation, and pretend that’s true. Wait until you know more before getting reflexively angry.
Taking two steps at a time when walking up the stairs.
You take half the time to get to the next floor, and you get a good glute work out at the same time.
At the start of the year I’ll flip all my clothes hangers around so they’re facing the wrong direction. As I wear random items, I’ll flip it back to the normal direction. If by the next year I haven’t worn something, I know I never will, and so I donate anything that’s still flipped backwards.
Not necessarily crappy per se but I always encourage people to befriend the hospital employees that bring you your meal trays. They’ll hook you up with the good stuff so you’re not stuck eating crappy food.
I started saying ‘silly’ instead of ‘stupid’ like for example ‘Oh I’m so stupid’ or ‘that was stupid’. I’ve noticed that it helped improve my self esteem
If you keep forgetting if you locked your door/car/lock, do something silly after locking it. It will help you remember if you have to think back.
Stop setting needless rules for yourself. You can shower in the dark, eat the parts of a sandwich seperately in fistfuls from the bag, run the dishwasher twice. There is no “proper” way to do the mundane things in life so long as they are done to a standard you’re okay with.
It sounds like bulls**t but as an adult slowly realising they have ADHD and fighting chronic illness and long term MH issues, this s**t was life changing. I can just find a way to get the job /done/, it doesn’t need to be perfect from step A to Z. If I end up only ever putting laundry on at 2am and putting the machine on a timer so it starts at 7, that’s fine because it /still gets done/!
When you want to pop a zit, pull your fingers apart rather than pushing them together. This stretches the pore open and doesn’t drive the zit deeper, where it would just cause more problems.
Source: my doctor in HS
Had a pigeon problem on my balcony. I live in front of a church, so a lot of them gather there. At night and early on the morning, they would come to my balcony, leaving s**t and feathers all around and biting my plants.
One day I saw a plastic raven at a store, that supposedly scares them away. It was expensive and I didn’t have much money, so I grabbed a bunch of black plastic bags and some wire, made a fake raven and attached it to the railing.
It’s been like seven months and I haven’t seen a single pigeon on the balcony since.
Swirling the liquid in a bottle you need to empty fast. Creates a vortex that lets the air in and the liquid out without all that messy glug glug noise.
I learned the other day that, when trying to touch your toes, you should focus on touching your head to the ground rather than fingers to toes. It added a few inches of stretch with no other effort.
Being genuinely nice and appreciative with people. They’ll 100% help you out in any way they can.
Using leftover bags from grocery stores or whatnot for trash bags. Idk why, but whenever I tell people this, I get a funny look. It works well.
Before pouring coffee I heat water (in the microwave) until it’s boiling in my ceramic coffee mug, making the mug nice and hot.
Then, dump out the boiling water and pour in the coffee. That way, the mug keeps the coffee warm for a much longer time.
For Real when you have hiccups, think about a white horse, google a picture and think about it. It’s gone before you know.
YMMV, but when you’re giving presentations or interviews, literally pretend you’re Steve Jobs.
Watch his videos on YouTube. The dude had a questionable personality, but nobody’s questioning that he’s a damn good public speaker.
I have social anxiety, and literally just pretending that I’m like a presentation God makes a huge difference.
Never shop when hungry.
Habits are formed over a few weeks.
Look after your feet, even a blister can screw up your week.
Never buy the cheapest, or the most expensive. The middle option is usually the best value.
the quickest way to cool the inside of your car down is to open one door, then go to the opposite side and open and close it a few times. this forces the hot air out and draws the cooler air in. I have a black car with black interior, and a few weeks ago when the high was 94 and it had been sitting in the sun for 6-7 hours i tried this before getting in, and holy hell it worked better than i could have ever imagined. i had heard about this before but never tried it.
Ignoring toxic family members or work calls can improve your mental health when properly spread out. Sometimes it’s okay to set your phone aside and unplug.
Befriend the “invisible” people that everyone overlooks, the hotel maids, the janitor at your office, anyone doing a thankless job that people often look down upon. Treat them like valuable human beings because they are. These are people working far harder than most of us can imagine, taking care of themselves and their families and often barely scraping by. You never know in this life when you’re going to be the one interaction that saved someone’s life, or at least made it a little bit better for a day or a moment. And you never know when some person who nobody paid attention to could end up being there for you, especially if they know and like you.
Place a small bowl of 2/3 water, 1/3 white vinegar (or lemon juice) in your microwave and cook on high for 10 minutes. Any stuck on dried food residue will wipe right off with no effort.
That trick with cutting watermelon with dental floss actually works. I only had mint dental floss but no one said that the watermelon tasted like mint.
Learning To do things the Hard way first, makes it easier on the long run, since you cant always use the easy way, but the Hard way always works.
White vinegar and baking soda to clean just about anything
If you’re struggling at work or at school, tell your boss or teacher, instead of trying to hide it. They want you to succeed, too, and might offer suggestions or reduce your workload a little. Plus, it’ll help reduce the anxiety you feel about them finding out you’re struggling.
Putting kiwi on a steak.
Kiwi juice has enzymes that break down meats, tenderizing the steak. Pineapple does the same thing, but has a much stronger flavor. So put a bit of kiwi mush on your steak about 30 minutes prior to cooking it and it will be amazingly tender without a strange flavor added.
Every time my girlfriend’s toilet is clogged, instead of using a plunger she puts plastic wrap over the entire toilet and flushes. It actually unclogs it. So that’s crappy I guess…
Tell someone you live with what you’re looking for.
My partner and I do this all time. If I lose something and spent an hour trying to find it, he’ll walk in and have it in 5 minutes. If he loses something, he doesn’t bother doing more than a focused look and will then ask me, who’ll either know where it is, or spot as soon as I walk into the room.
Wait… I need to ask him to find the advent stockings my mum knitted for us lol
Exercising for mental health. Exercise brings greater stamina, which makes you feel physically and mentally able to take on more. Aside from that, it gives you something else to focus on.
Mirror checks. I had a severe drinking problem and I used to lecture myself drunkenly in the mirror in the bathroom. I finally listened to that guy and got cleaned up and sober. I still see him, in there. I ask him how he’s doing and if he’s okay. He usually tells me the truth, too. When I’ve heard what he has to say, I take it and try to adjust my day accordingly. Sometimes, when you don’t have other people around to check on you or monitor your wellbeing, you have to depend on yourself. This is a good way to become in touch with your inner dialog, too. Also, speaking of that inner dialog, we are all in one, long winded argument with ourselves. Usually, I just try to remember that, since I know my own tactics, I can easily and readily outmaneuver myself and win these arguments. Helps me when the desire to sleep in or procrastinate is nearly overwhelming. It’s okay to fight dirty with yourself, too.
You can remove pet hair from upholstery by just misting it with water, then swiping it with your hand. The hair starts to ball up. Works surprisingly well and it’s free.
Deleting social media of your phone does wonders for your mood and overall mental wellbeing
In facing dilemmas, I ask myself, “What would smart me do?” The answer is usually obvious. Smart me still sometimes gets vetoed, but genuinely helpful tool.
Change your sheets more often than you probably do. It’s really not that much work, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love crawling into a freshly changed bed?
Clear packing tape over the speakers of plastic children’s toys. It muddles the sounds enough that I still have some of my hearing.
When you done eating pickles and still have pickles brine left in the jar, don’t spill it out. Cut up a red onion into rings and throw them into the jar. Refrigerate and couple of days later you have pickled onion rings. Works best with bread&butter type brine IMO, but you do you.
Smiling in the mirror when you’re feeling down. The act of smiling releases molecules in the brain that help relieve stress, pain and sadness
Don’t put something down; put it away.
As a right brained slob, this mantra helps me keep things marginally organized.
If you’ve got a paper due at 9 am the next day, and it’s midnight and you still have about 3 hours of work to do, go to sleep and set your alarm for 5:00 am to finish it the next day. Sleeping on it will make the writing come easier in the morning because your subconscious will be working on it as you sleep, knowing you literally have no more time to procrastinate will make you work faster, and with a little sleep under your belt, you’ll be thinking a little more clearly and will be less likely to make thoughtless mistakes.
I have this saying, “If you believe it, then it’s true.”
This applies to psychological senses. Like religion or myths.
I have nightmares very often. They’re more likely to happen if I go to sleep in fear of having one. So I just try my best to convince myself that I am going to dream about something in particular.
Like the other night I watched Pirates of the Caribbean for the first time and I went to sleep telling myself to dream about being a pirate.
It was lots of fun. 10/10 would recommend to dream about being a pirate. Lol.
Breathing practice is a lot more powerful than I ever thought. I thought it was stupid until I took it seriously. I taught myself to not snore
Freezing sauces allows the dense portion to settle & the really liquid part to rise. Once it’s completely frozen, just decant the sauce & rinse away the clear ice at the top. This will save hours of “cooking off” the sauce to thicken it.
Also, instead of parboiling raw foods to stuff (cabbage, peppers, etc.) just freeze & thaw them to make them pliable.
Startlite mints (peppermint) beat any OTC for an upset stomach.
When cooking get an old margarine container (cleaned) and use it to put all the scraps and waste from making dinner. Just set it next to or on the cutting board. So much easier to manage your cooking and cutting.
Don’t ask people “Are you sure?” People struggle with doubt in their lives enough. Go with what they say and give them confidence about their decision!
After a heavy night of drinking, guzzle as much water as you can until you feel like you’re going to burst and that’ll seriously reduce your likelihood of a hangover. Not greasy food the next morning or loads of sleep, just wata
Tuck down your shoe laces, it looks like a bad idea but it’s saves time tie it again and again (Tie it double knot first is recommended)
Working hard and doing things the right way the first time really does pay off in the long run.