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Instant Skills: 10 Emergency Household Fix-It Videos

Instant Skills: 10 Emergency Household Fix-It Videos

Sometimes it is just better to get things done yourself. There are a couple of undeniable benefits gained when you avoid reaching for the phone every time a minor household fix-it project crops up. For one, it saves you money. Minor plumbing or repairs can cost you a pretty penny, especially if you do not have any prior knowledge to identify scams.

A second benefit that can pay off in spades is having the knowledge to fix it yourself! Sure, it may take longer the first time, but if it happens again (or to a neighbor), you will know what to do.

Here are ten fix-it videos anyone living under a roof needs to watch.

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Got a clogged toilet? Don’t just go in blind with a plunger. Know what you are doing first.

This is for toilets with a different problem: if they are overflowing, watch and take notes.

If you have a water heater with a pilot light, there may come a day when it goes out. Don’t settle on cold showers.

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This past winter was among the coldest on record. If you had a frozen pipe burst open, you will appreciate this video.

Two words: kitchen fire. Yellow suits not necessary.

Accidents happen. If a window gets broken, watch this video to learn how to replace it yourself.

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The video above isn’t specific to homeowners or renters — it’s essential for anyone who has a car (or a friend with one) during those unfortunate dead-battery moments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7e2bIfP8Us

Unwanted faucet dripping isn’t just annoying, it can run up your water bill if it gets too bad.

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Water and carpets make a bad combination due to mold. You don’t want any fungi growing if you have a minor leak that soaks your floor.

This last one is also a car-related fix-it video that you hopefully will not need anytime soon. But if you do have a flat tire, won’t you be glad you watched it?

Get more awesome videos here.

15 Emergency Maintenance Jobs You Can Learn With Online Videos | MakeUseOf

Featured photo credit: State Farm via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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