A therapist recently posted a list online of eight signs you’re on the verge of a nervous breakdown. If only a few of them apply, you might just be a little stressed out. But if they ALL sound way too familiar, take it seriously . . .
- You have escape fantasies. Like you want to pick up and leave everything behind.
- You feel like you have no downtime. Which is common if you have kids. But it can also be a sign of anxiety and depression.
- You struggle to make simple decisions. It might be because your body’s producing too much of the stress hormone cortisol.
- You’ve stopped socializing completely. You don’t even WANT to, because you’re too overwhelmed with everything else. So it feels like work.
- You can’t sleep. It’s a classic sign of anxiety and depression.
- You’re having panic attacks. Obviously it’s a sign you’re dealing with major anxiety.
- You’re self-sabotaging. A common example is going out drinking when you know you have to wake up early. Stress-eating is another one.
- It feels like you keep failing at everything. Which probably isn’t true. But if you feel like you’re constantly failing at work AND at home, you might be depressed.
The website CafeMom.com came up with a bunch of ‘lifehacks’ to try this summer. And most of them are things you’d probably never do. But here are four that are pretty decent . . .
- Make ice cubes using aloe vera. Then your kids can rub them on their skin after they’ve been in the sun . . . or eat them depending on how high their I.Q. is? You can also just put a whole bottle of aloe in the fridge if you like it cold.
- Freeze a bunch of water balloons, and use them in your beer cooler instead of ice. Then you can have a water balloon fight after they melt. Just make sure they’re completely melted before you start whipping them at your kid’s head.
- Make a frozen necklace to keep your kids cool. Just cut up a sponge . . . thread some string through all the pieces . . . get them wet . . . and put it in the freezer. Or if you’re not that crafty, just toss a wet dishtowel in there and use that.
- When you’re at the pool or the beach, hide your money in an empty tube of chap stick. Because the chances of someone stealing chap stick off your towel are a lot lower than someone taking your wallet. We actually tried it, and . . . it works.
Screw the chapstick all the way out . . . remove the delicious-smelling cylinder of wax . . . and just leave the rod in there. The bills fit around it. Just clean it out really well first, or you’ll have some waxy Benjamins.
FULL STORY: Well this was completely unexpected. DAVID BOWIE died yesterday at the age of 69. He’d had cancer for a while, but kept it pretty much a secret. They didn’t say what kind.
Here’s what the official statement said. “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”
Obviously Bowie was a rock icon for over 40 years, and his career incorporated glam rock, soul, pop, and electronica.
His big breakthrough was the 1972 album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”. That’s the one with “Moonage Daydream”, “Starman”, “Ziggy Stardust”, and “Suffragette City”.
Ziggy Stardust kind of became his alter ego for a while too . . . the pale white makeup, the big orange hair, the weird androgynous outfits.
And he had other personas and styles over the years. Basically he was doing a weird mixture of rock, art, and fashion 40 years before Lady Gaga. And that might have been as influential as his music.
Believe it or not, he only had two #1 songs in America . . . “Fame” in 1975, and “Let’s Dance” in 1983.
Other Bowie classics include “Space Oddity”, “Changes”, “Rebel Rebel”, “Young Americans”, “Golden Years”, “Heroes”, “Modern Love”, “Under Pressure” with QUEEN, and Little Drummer Boy” with BING CROSBY.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and got the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
He also did a bunch of acting: He played an alien in “The Man Who Fell to Earth” . . . a vampire in “The Hunger” . . . the Goblin King in “Labyrinth” . . . and Pontius Pilate in the Martin Scorsese movie “The Last Temptation of Christ”.
More recently, he had a pretty big part in “The Prestige” . . . the movie where Christian Bale and High Jackman were rival magicians . . . and did a cameo as himself in “Zoolander”.
His real name was David Jones, but he changed it so he wouldn’t be confused with DAVY JONES of THE MONKEES. And he had a permanently dilated eye after being punched in the face in a schoolyard fight over a girl.
He married the model IMAN in 1992, and they were still together. They had a daughter, and Bowie had a son from a previous marriage too.
His most recent album was “Blackstar”, and it just came out on Friday . . . which was also his 69th birthday.
You’re not going to believe this, but Facebook just introduced a new feature that ISN’T a way to violate your privacy. I didn’t know they were even capable of that.
In fact, it’s sort of the OPPOSITE. It’s a new feature that lets you COMPLETELY avoid any trace of your EX.
As of yesterday, when you change your relationship status from “in a relationship” to “single,” Facebook will guide you through the process.
It’ll give you options to scrub any of their future posts from your news feed . . . to block your posts from showing up in THEIRS . . . and to remove any posts or photos you tagged them in.
They say the new options are, quote, “part of our ongoing effort to develop resources for people who may be going through difficult moments in their lives.”
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