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15 Awful Moments That All People Who Wear Contacts Experience

15 Awful Moments That All People Who Wear Contacts Experience

For some, those little bits of plastic mean beauty and a greater feeling of confidence and acceptance. For others, they serve as a window to seeing the world. To the person wearing them, contact lenses are something to be valued and taken care of.

Ever since contact lenses first appeared on the scene, they’ve been sparking some serious fashion trends. Even when there are mishaps, the person wearing them still remains a fan. However, with these little bits of plastic comes a sense of responsibility and ownership. Here are some awful moments that people who wear contacts have probably experienced.

1. You have to spend an extra 30 minutes getting dressed

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    With wearing contact lenses comes the need to be more patient while getting dressed for an occasion. When they’re being fickle, it can take 15 to 20 minutes extra to put in your contact lenses. You really need to set it right, and this can really test your patience.

    2. You know that getting invaders out of your eye can be a pain

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      Lenses do not help when something gets in your eye. It is nearly impossible to get anything out when you’re wearing your lenses. You’ll find that you start becoming more conscious of your environment in order to prevent this.

      3. You go through hell wearing those contact lenses inside out

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        This may not happen often, but when it does, it hurts.

        4. You feel nervous when you can’t find those transparent dots

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          The panic and anxiety that comes with dropping the transparent thing and realizing that it’s lost for good can be overwhelming. The other problem is figuring out if you actually dropped it or if it’s still in your eye somewhere.

          5. You start looking different with your specs on

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            People are so used to seeing you wear contact lenses that when you wear your specs people act like it’s the first time they’ve seen you. You can always expect a few comments.

            6. You start losing interest in swimming

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              Wearing lenses in water can be a horrible thing. Water rides and swimming become terrible activities to engage in. You never really feel safe in the water when wearing your lenses.

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              7. You have got to cry sometimes

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                The tears may be streaming down your face, but you’re not sad. Those lenses just aren’t cooperating.

                8. You have got to adjust your lenses sometimes

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                  People freak out when they see you trying to adjust your contacts in public. Apparently sticking your finger in your eye isn’t the most appealing activity to most. Sometimes, you’ve just got to do it and deal with the reactions.

                  9. You know your eyes are shielded with something

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                    No matter how comfortable you are, you are constantly aware that something is in your eyes. Just pretend it’s all cool and go about your day.

                    10. You feel terrible because you forgot to take out your contacts before going to bed

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                      You forgot to remove your contacts before heading to bed and now you have to stumble around in the dark to take them out at 3 am — no matter how sleepy you are.

                      11. You are often reminded of how injurious lenses can be

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                        People seem to know a lot more about contact lenses than you do, and they won’t shy away from telling you. You have to endure the torture of listening to people lecturing you on how terrible wearing contact lenses can be.

                        12. You have something extra to carry

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                          You’ve always got to carry around lens solution, a contact case, and your glasses — just in case.

                          13. You have to be careful with your nails

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                            Contact lenses and nails don’t go together. Once you start wearing lenses, you may have to say goodbye to those long nails.

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                            14. You have to deal with the dry eyes

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                              Staying out past 3 am can be difficult when the air conditioning and smoke machines are turned on.

                              15.  You know how tough it is to fix a contact that has folded in half

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                                When your contact lenses get folded, you really need to blink to save those eyes. It may not always work, but you’ve got to try.

                                Featured photo credit: n4i via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on July 8, 2020

                                How to Say No When You Say Yes Too Often

                                How to Say No When You Say Yes Too Often

                                Do you say yes so often that you realize you aren’t really happy about this, wondering how to say no to people?

                                For years, I was a serial people pleaser. Known as someone who would step up, I would gladly make time especially when it came to volunteering for certain causes. I proudly carried this role all through grade school, college, even through law school. For years, I thought saying “no” meant I would disappoint a good friend or someone I respected.

                                But somewhere along the way, I noticed I wasn’t quite living my life. Instead, I seem to have created a schedule that was a strange combination of meeting the expectations of others, what I thought I should be doing, and some of what I actually wanted to do. The result? I had a packed schedule that left me overwhelmed and unfulfilled.

                                It took a long while but I learned the art of saying no. Saying ‘no’ meant I no longer catered fully to everyone else’s needs and could make more room for what I really wanted to do. Instead of cramming too much in, I chose to pursue what really mattered. I started to manage my time more around my own needs and interests. When that happened, I became a lot happier. And guess what? I hardly disappointed anyone.

                                The Importance of Saying No

                                When you learn the art of saying ‘no,’ you begin to look at the world differently. Rather than seeing all of the things you could or should be doing (and aren’t doing), you start to look at how to say yes to what’s important.

                                In other words, you aren’t just reacting to what life throws at you. You seek the opportunities that move you to where you want to be.

                                Successful people aren’t afraid to say no. Oprah Winfrey considered one of the most successful women in the world confessed that it was much later in life when she learned how to say no. Even after she had become internationally famous, she felt she had to say yes to virtually everything. It was only when she realized that after years of struggling with saying no, I finally got to this question: “What do I want?”

                                Being able to say no also helps you manage your time better.

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                                Warren Buffett views no as essential to his success. He said,

                                “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”

                                When I made ‘no’ a part of my toolbox, I drove more of my own success focusing on fewer things and doing them well.

                                How We Are Pressured to Say Yes

                                It’s no wonder a lot of us find it hard to say ‘no.’

                                From an early age, we are conditioned to say ‘yes.’ We said yes probably hundreds of time in order to graduate from high school and then get into college. We said yes to find work. We said yes get a promotion. We said yes to find love and then yes again to stay in a relationship. We said yes to find and keep friends.

                                We say yes because it feels better to help someone. We say yes because it can seem like the right thing to do. We say yes because we think that is key to success. And we say yes because the request might come from someone who is hard to resist like the boss.

                                And that’s not all. The pressure to say yes doesn’t just come from others. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves. At work, we say yes because we compare ourselves to others who seem to be doing more than we are. Outside of work, we say yes because we feel guilty we aren’t doing enough to spend time with family or friends.

                                The message no matter where we turn is nearly always, “You really could be doing more.” The result? When people ask us for our time, we are heavily conditioned to say yes.

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                                How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty

                                Deciding to add the word ‘no’ to your toolbox is no small thing. Perhaps you already say ‘no’ but not as much as you would like. Maybe you have an instinct that if you were to learn the art of ‘no’ that you could finally create more time for things you care about. But let’s be honest, using the word ‘no’ doesn’t come easily for many people.

                                The 3 Rules of Thumbs for Saying No

                                1. You Need to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

                                Let’s face it. It is hard to say no. Setting boundaries around your time especially you haven’t done it much in the past will feel awkward.

                                2. You Are the Air Traffic Controller of Your Time

                                Remember that you are the only one who understands the demands for your time. Think about it, who else knows about all of the demands on your time? No one. Only you are at the center of all of these requests. are the only one that understands what time you really have.

                                3. Saying ‘No’ Means Saying ‘Yes’ to Something That Matters

                                When we decide not to do something, it means we can say yes to something else. You have a unique opportunity to decide how you spend your precious time.

                                6 Ways to Start Saying No

                                Incorporating that little word ‘no’ into your life can be transformational. Turning some things down will mean you can open doors to what really matters. Here are some essential tips to learn the art of no:

                                1. Check in With Your Obligation Meter

                                One of the biggest challenges to saying ‘no’ is a feeling of obligation. Do you feel you have a responsibility to say yes and worry that saying no reflect poorly on you?

                                Ask yourself whether you truly have the duty to say yes. Check your assumptions or beliefs about whether you carry the responsibility to say yes. Turn it around and instead ask what duty you owe to yourself.

                                2. Resist the Fear of Missing out (FOMO)

                                Do you have a fear of missing out (FOMO)? FOMO can follow us around in so many ways. At work, we volunteer our time because we fear we won’t move ahead. In our personal lives, we agree to join the crowd because FOMO even while we ourselves aren’t enjoying the fun.

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                                Check in with yourself. Are you saying yes because of FOMO or because you really want to say yes? More often than not, running after fear doesn’t make us feel better.

                                3. Check Your Assumptions About What It Means to Say ‘No’

                                Do you dread the reaction you will get if you say no? Often, we say ‘yes’ because we worry about how others will respond or the consequences of saying no or because of the consequences. We may be afraid to disappoint others or think we will lose respect from others. We often forget how much we are disappointing ourselves along the way.

                                Keep in mind that saying ‘no’ can be exactly what is needed to send the right message that you have limited time. In the tips below, you will see how to communicate your no in a gentle and loving way. You might disappoint someone initially but drawing a boundary can bring you the freedom you need so that you can give freely of yourself when you truly want to.

                                4. When the Request Comes In, Sit on It

                                Sometimes, when we are in the moment, we instinctively agree. The request might make sense at first. Or we typically have said yes to this request in the past.

                                Give yourself a little time to reflect on whether you really have the time, or can do the task properly. You may decide the best option is to say ‘no.’ There is no harm in giving yourself the time to decide.

                                5. Communicate Your ‘No’ with Transparency and Kindness

                                When you are ready to tell someone no, communicate your decision clearly. The message can be open and honest to ensure the recipient that your reasons have to do with your limited time.

                                Resist the temptation not to respond or communicate all. But do not feel obligated to provide a lengthy account about why you are saying no.

                                A clear communication with a short explanation is all that is needed. I have found it useful to tell people that I have many demands and need to be careful with how I allocate my time. I will sometimes say I really appreciate that they came to me and for them to check in again if the opportunity arises another time.

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                                6. Consider How to Use a Modified ‘No’

                                If you are under pressure to say yes but want to say no, you may want to consider downgrading a “yes” to a “yes but…” giving you an opportunity to condition your agreement to what works best for you.

                                Sometimes, the condition can be to do the task but not in the time frame that was originally requested. Or perhaps you can do part of what has been asked.

                                Final Thoughts

                                Beginning right now, you can change how you respond to requests for your time. When the request comes in, take yourself off autopilot where you might normally say yes.

                                Use the request as a fresh request to draw a healthy boundary around your time. Pay particular attention to when you place certain demands on yourself. If you are the one placing the demand on yourself, try to evaluate the demand as if it were coming from somewhere else.

                                Try it now. Say no to a friend who continues to take advantage of your goodwill. Or, draw the line with a workaholic colleague and tell them you will complete the project but not by working all weekend. Or, tell someone in your family you can’t loan them money again because they never paid you back the last time. You’ll find yourself much happier.

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