Hey! Imagine that! Actually listening to peoples’ advice and trying it out!
Who would’ve thought?
I have to admit that I’m guilty of letting advice from people go in one ear and out the other sometimes, but I’m working on it, okay? So get off my back!
AskReddit users shared their own stories about advice that they ignored for a long time but were pleasantly surprised to discover actually works.
1. It’ll be fine.
“This too shall pass.
On those days when I just feel like I can’t take it I think of that, and I know tomorrow will be different.
Someone once told me, “tomorrow may not be better, but at least it’ll be different.”
In a strange way that too is comforting.”
2. It worked!
“My therapist told me the next time I’m going to have a panic attack to just give in and tell myself it was ok to have one.
I told him he was crazy. After a couple tries it started working to my amazement. I haven’t had a panic attack in 3 years.”
3. It’s good for you.
“Keeping my shoulders back.
It was a suggestion I saw for preventing panic/anxiety. Idk what it is, but when your shoulders are in that position it gives some strange feeling of control.
I also read somewhere that during panic attacks the body basically wants to curl into fetal position for protection, so I feel like focusing on keeping your arms down and shoulders back is a conscious way to go against that and stay grounded in reality.
Works for me, could work for you too.”
4. A good idea.
It grows a tree for up to 2 hours and during that time, you can’t access any apps you think will distract you. If you wanna open a distracting app, you’d have to kill your tree. All your trees, dead or alive, appear in a little forest.
I have always had trouble motivating myself to focus on homework and not look at Reddit/YouTube, but this app is just enough guilt to not open them. I haven’t killed anything yet and I’m surprised at how much I can care about a small virtual tree.
People told me about it and I just completely assumed that I’d never use it or it wouldn’t work for me considering how distractible I am, but it works wonders.”
5. Father knows best.
“My dad always told me ‘Ask anyway, the worst they can say is no’ when buying something or when I needed something from another person.
Seemed stupid to ask if I was sure they would say no but I was also a socially anxious kid. Turns out that advice has helped me with school, with raises, with people in general, with plans with new friends…”
6. Listen up.
“”There’s what you need, there’s what you want, and there’s what you can’t afford.”
My Dad says this all the time, and I never though of it as useless–I just never used it. Now I have, and my money is far easier to manage.”
7. I’m gonna try this!
“Putting cold water on freshly shaved skin will make it so you don’t get ingrown hairs.
Some of the best advice I’ve ever received.”
8. Just get started.
“Once begun is half done.
I am a terrible procrastinator by nature. I have totally done the “well now it 5:02 so I have to wait until 6:00 to start cleaning” and I like making things seem like so much work that I can’t possibly do them unless I take time off of work.
In reality if you just start a project without thinking about it you can get everything done in like fifteen minutes a day and it’s never really that bad.”
9. Get flossing!
“”Your gums bleed when you floss because you don’t floss enough”
Turns out if you floss enough, your gums won’t be inflamed so they don’t bleed when you floss.”
10. Stop “what if’ing.”
“Don’t suffer future pain.
In other words, worrying about all the stuff that could happen stops you from doing things and worse, turns potential pain into actual worry and mental pain.”
11. Works wonders.
“Exercising helping with depression and anxiety.
It’s not a cure all and I needed to be on meds to get to the point where I could do it, but it really does help me. I’ve been off my meds now for over a year (under doctors supervision don’t stop taking your meds unless you run it by your doctor) and when I can’t exercise for a few days, I can feel the depression and anxiety coming back.
Now instead of going through a million things I did wrong in my head, I run for 3 miles or lift some heavy shit.”
“Cleaning your house before leaving for more than 5 days.
Nothing is better than coming to a clean house.”
13. Lo and behold…
“Fans on my old MacBook died. Saw a YouTube video that said to simply take your fist and bang on the part of the computer that housed the fans.
Thinking it was a troll, I gave it a shot out of pure frustration, and lo and behold, they purred back to life and I never had another issue with them for the rest of the time that I owned that computer.”
14. Relieve that tension.
“Unclench your jaw, open your hands, drop your shoulders, and breathe in.”
15. Bribe yourself.
“Bribe yourself with fun things to do the not so fun things.
Today I was tired after work but got a little care package in the mail, so I made myself go on the 2.5 mile run I didn’t want to do before I could open the package.
Now I’m refreshed and happy that I did the thing I was pseudo dreading, and I have a fun care package to open.”
16. Put that thing away for a while.
“Not taking your cellphone into bed with you.
After awhile you will sleep much easier without the distraction and blue light shining straight into your eyes before bed.”
Now it’s your turn.
In the comments, tell us about some advice that turned out to be good once you actually followed it.
Please and thank you!