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The symptoms of burnout before it causes irreparable damage to your career and/or relationships

The symptoms of burnout before it causes irreparable damage to your career and/or relationships

Burnout can sneak up on you before you know it. Particularly at risk are type-A personalities. If you find yourself experiencing any of the symptoms below, you may need to dial it back a bit with your workload or other commitments before it causes damage in your professional and/or personal life that you cannot recover from. As Dr. Carter describes on PsychologyToday.com: “Burnout is a state of chronic stress that leads to: physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and detachment, feelings of ineffectiveness…

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The reason there are policies that your dog needs to be leashed in certain areas (apartment complexes, parks, etc.) isn’t because YOUR dog might have issues, it is because someone else’s dog might.

The reason there are policies that your dog needs to be leashed in certain areas (apartment complexes, parks, etc.) isn’t because YOUR dog might have issues, it is because someone else’s dog might.

As someone who adopted a dog that is aggressive around small dogs, this is super frustrating where I live. Dogs need to be on a leash at all times if you’re in any area where there could be others. Just the other night, I was out walking my pup and an unleashed pitbull ran up and approached mine. I couldn’t react fast enough before they started fighting, and my dog latched onto the pitbull’s neck. Fortunately both were okay, but most dogs…

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99% of the world’s ladder firetrucks can’t reacher higher than the 7th floor of a building.

99% of the world’s ladder firetrucks can’t reacher higher than the 7th floor of a building.

Take this into consideration when choosing an apartment. Most high-rise fires originate from the first four floors of the building, so evacuating from a high level internally can become more difficult. invest in smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and a fire blanket (they also make very thoughtful housewarming gifts!) empty your dryer lint after every load don’t store flammable items near your water heater (e.g. paint cans, cleaning products) plan at least two escape routes that don’t require an elevator don’t…

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If you or a loved one has an ICD (Internal Cardiac Defibrillator) you should consider disabling it before end of life care.

If you or a loved one has an ICD (Internal Cardiac Defibrillator) you should consider disabling it before end of life care.

My grandfather came home on hospice care and it was a situation where we knew there was no recovery. He had a pacemaker and a defibrillator installed several years ago, and no one at the hospital, hospice, nor his heart doctor suggested to us that it should be turned off. It added hours of discomfort to his process of dying and witnessing that happen has impacted me more than his actual death. In the state of mind that we were…

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Most generic store-brand products are made by big name companies

Most generic store-brand products are made by big name companies

For instance, Great Value white bread sold at Walmart is manufactured by Sara Lee. Canned peaches come from Dole, etc. This also applies to many of the Kirkland brand products found at Costco (Kirkland batteries are made by Duracell, and so on). It should be noted that often times the generic products are identical or extremely similar to their name brand counterparts, but this is not always the case. As far as I know, the only arena of goods where…

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Unpaid internships where the employer derives any immediate benefit are Federally illegal. They are required to pay you if you do any real work.

Unpaid internships where the employer derives any immediate benefit are Federally illegal. They are required to pay you if you do any real work.

Here are the six criteria from the Department of Labor, all of which an unpaid internship must pass in order to be legal. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff. The employer that provides the training…

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Essential oils are called that because they are the “essence” of a plant, NOT because they are “essential” to human health

Essential oils are called that because they are the “essence” of a plant, NOT because they are “essential” to human health

From wikipedia: An oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived. The term essential used here does not mean indispensable as with the terms essential amino acid or essential fatty acid which are so called since they are nutritionally required by a given living organism. There are a lot of alternative medicine practitioners who deliberately take advantage of the misleading name “essential oils”. While…

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Eating chicken or pork instead of beef saves about 80% as much in carbon emissions as going vegetarian.

Eating chicken or pork instead of beef saves about 80% as much in carbon emissions as going vegetarian.

Beef is probably the most delicious of meats. I really like beef. I cook a mean steak. I’ve made beef wellington, red wine braised short ribs, korean BBQ beef, dry-aged steaks, 1/2lb pub burgers, (perfectly medium rare in the middle), surf & turf, 24-hour slow-smoked brisket (sweet jesus it was good)… you name it. Beef was always my go-to. Beef is the best meat. But I recently had to face up to the fact that it’s the worst meat for…

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A flu shot isn’t just for you. It protects people who can’t get a flu shot.

A flu shot isn’t just for you. It protects people who can’t get a flu shot.

Every year around this time, you see reminders to get your flu vaccine, and every year, a bunch of people don’t do it, for one reason or another. “I never get the flu anyway.” “The flu shot makes me sick, so why bother?” “It doesn’t even work, so what’s the point?” The point is that in addition to protecting you against the most common strains of the flu each year, we need a critical mass of people to get vaccinated to prevent…

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These four sites connect you to a wealth of knowledge and learning. I go to them to help me fill my idle time with learning (vs. TV, video games, etc.)

These four sites connect you to a wealth of knowledge and learning. I go to them to help me fill my idle time with learning (vs. TV, video games, etc.)

 I refer to these sites when I have downtime at work or when I’m bored. I’ve managed to pick up a few new skills (for work and for fun). Here are the sites and a quick word on what I use them for. OpenCourser. Good for finding an online course to take, more for in-depth learning + building professional skills. NoExcuseList. Great for discovering new learning websites. Neatly categorized into sections (like cooking, music). KhanAcademy. (Re-)Learn pretty much every subject…

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