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Default Apr 01, 2024 at 05:42 PM
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Music and long brisk walks!

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Thank you thank you! Much appreciated truly. I love music. I will try out the walk thing tomorrow when it is not as dark outside but I usually enjoy walking a ton.

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Random question but does anyone here have any experience with having social anxiety and working in retail? Does it get easier over time?. Probably what I struggle with most is customer interactions when Iím cashiering. It feels awkward and sometimes I trip up on what I have to say (they want us to offer them store credit cards etc) and Iím learning a new register system /software so thereís that too since itís different from my last job and their processes vary in different ways.

I feel kinda slow sometimes, maybe itís just because Iím learning a new register software. Iíve only had one day of training on their registers so far. Today will be the second day on register. Yesterday was sales floor. Tomorrow and Thursday Iím working on shipments. Which Iím not even sure what that entails. Like I think itís taking stuff off the trucks or something. Iím sure Iíll get better at it. Itís only my 4th day there. I just worry about getting fired or something for not doing good enough or being slow at learning new stuff.

I was comfortable with the register system at my last job but that was 3 months of working there so I had time to get used to it.

Iím hoping this is the kind of job where a year from now Iíll be super comfortable with everything and kind of come out of my shell a bit more.

Idk. My biggest fear is getting let go. But I think Iíll be okay. Maybe. Iím trying at least. Itís not like I would be struggling financially if I lost the job but I would have my feelings hurt lol
I used to work retail, and I struggle enormously with social anxiety. What I found helpful was having a set script for customer interactions. If it did not go well, then I could call in a manager or something, but it at least minimized the stress a little bit. I don't know exactly what your job entails, but mine entailed selling and making coffees. So people could be a bit uptight. But there were also really awesome customers too. So perhaps that might help ease your stress a bit. The best thing for me also was to just keep reminding myself that I am awesome. It might sound egotistical, but just to keep reminding yourself that you are enough and you are important, is so helpful, I believe, at least it has been in my own case.

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Default Apr 01, 2024 at 05:49 PM
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Thank you thank you! Much appreciated truly. I love music. I will try out the walk thing tomorrow when it is not as dark outside but I usually enjoy walking a ton.
I also remember reading by something by the late Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, which said during an extensive experience of depression for him, that walking meditation helped him get through that tremendous sadness. For anyone who is feeling that way too...

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I used to work retail, and I struggle enormously with social anxiety. What I found helpful was having a set script for customer interactions. If it did not go well, then I could call in a manager or something, but it at least minimized the stress a little bit. I don't know exactly what your job entails, but mine entailed selling and making coffees. So people could be a bit uptight. But there were also really awesome customers too. So perhaps that might help ease your stress a bit. The best thing for me also was to just keep reminding myself that I am awesome. It might sound egotistical, but just to keep reminding yourself that you are enough and you are important, is so helpful, I believe, at least it has been in my own case.
Thank you that's a good tip. I tried to kind of exude confidence today. Today went really well, I did a great job cashiering, multiple people told me I did really well today. I actually like this job. The manager and assistant manager are both so kind and understanding. It's like polar opposite from my last job. I think I just get pre-work anxiety everytime before I go in

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Default Apr 01, 2024 at 08:41 PM
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Today has been a good day. But I did nothing lol - Except chores like I do daily, shower etc..

Lately I just do a whole lot of nothing.. Why?
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Default Apr 02, 2024 at 04:45 AM
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Off to work. Itís 5:45am. I work from 7am to 11am. Iím exhausted cause I didnít get to sleep till almost midnight. Iím gonna stop at a pizza place on the way home and get a couple slices to bring home.

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Work went well. Shipments was easy. It was a lot of physical work cause it was opening all the boxes from the truck and taking out all the clothing and unwrapping it then running it on the floor where it goes and breaking the boxes down. And it was a ton. But I did a good job and it went by fast. I stopped at the pizza place near my house on the way home and got a couple slices of pizza to bring home. Then I went to a housing meeting at my apartment complex and now Iím just listening to music and relaxing. Iím so physically worn out. I got 12,599 steps so far today and itís only 1pm. Work is going well. The people at my job are so much friendlier than my last job including the managers, itís a much better environment.

Glad I get tomorrow off. So I get to go grocery shopping, clean , do laundry and I have my violin lesson. Iím laying down right now and it feels so good. Iím so sore lol

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Default Apr 02, 2024 at 12:37 PM
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Got my bill for the ADHD assessment and report from the psychologist. It was $2,025 in total, but my insurance covers 90% so Iím only paying $202.50 out of pocket. Not bad.

Other than that not much happening. Just work. Procrastinating a lot and then hyperfocusing. I notice more behavior as ADHD now lmao.

I see my doctor on Thursday.

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Default Apr 02, 2024 at 08:13 PM
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Took a 2 hour nap. I really needed it. Iím still sore. Glad I have tomorrow off. I still have a lot to do though. Then I work Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

I found a recipe for honey lemon chicken made in the crockpot Iím gonna try tomorrow. I paid for tomorrowís violin lesson and next weeks violin lesson.

My bf got me two really nice anniversary gifts. One is a chess strategy book by a prominent chess player. And one was these extremely high quality violin strings.

My body is broken. And Iím tired still. So Iím gonna attempt to watch some anime if I can stay awake for a bit then go to sleep.

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Well, things were well.

I had to go to a walk in last week because my mouth was sore and it was hard to eat and they said it was a cold sore. And they gave me an anti-viral.

I got a phone call earlier from the clinic and the tests came back and itís not HSV (herpes cold sore virus) or strep, and I had to stop the anti-viral.

So now my mind is spinning. Itís not a cold sore. Itís not a burnt roof of my mouth. They couldnít say what it is. Google makes me worry more that itís like oral cancer or something.

I see my doctor on Thursday like I said so itís something else I have to ask him about.

Hopefully itís nothing too bad. I just am worried now.

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I had a good day off. Had my violin lesson, it went really well. Was able to set up my new webcam, and also was able to change the battery in my laptop to a new one myself. So that's really nice. Next step is to get a good quality recording mic so I can record better quality audio of my violin.

Got work tomorrow. 7am to 11:45am. It will be easy. It's a shipment day. So it's just unboxing shipments and putting them out. It goes by fast. Then I have my volunteer shift at 6pm to 8pm tomorrow too, with the cats. I'm supposed to be teaching someone how to do that job, so someone will be there too learning. So it's gonna be a long day.

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I work tomorrow, friday, and saturday. But I get sunday, monday and tuesday off. So that will be nice.

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Going grocery shopping tomorrow morning. Then have a meeting with my housing specialist. Then have work from 2pm to 6:45pm.

Getting the stuff to make two different recipes:

Shrimp scampi
Honey lemon chicken made in the slow cooker with rice and steamed broccol

I swear I need a rice cooker. Iím so bad at cooking rice.

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Going grocery shopping tomorrow morning. Then have a meeting with my housing specialist. Then have work from 2pm to 6:45pm.

Getting the stuff to make two different recipes:

Shrimp scampi
Honey lemon chicken made in the slow cooker with rice and steamed broccol

I swear I need a rice cooker. Iím so bad at cooking rice.

Rice cookers are so worth it!!! Literally measure the rice, wash it, put it in the rice cooker with the required water, press start - just wait for rice to finish.

Soooo worth it.

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Rice cookers are so worth it!!! Literally measure the rice, wash it, put it in the rice cooker with the required water, press start - just wait for rice to finish.

Soooo worth it.

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May have to buy one next paycheck then the Monday after next! Especially since a lot of the meals I want to do for like meal prepping involve rice Iím trying not to accumulate too many appliances but I think that would definitely be worth it.

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Oh wow the prices for them are a lot better than I imagined. Iíll definitely grab one in a week or so

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So next paycheck Iíll get one of these. Iím debating which one. The white one is $20, the other one is $30 but it is digital.

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This will be so much better than standing over a stove watching rice cook, and it coming out bad lol

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Iím doing well, my mood is good. My anxiety is.. good on days Iím working and bad on days Iím not working. Cause I end up staying at home on my days off overthinking things and I end up dissociating and having panic attacks. On days Iím working itís fine cause Iím so busy I donít have time to dwell on my anxiety and get overwhelmed by it and it being a extremely physically active job probably provides a lot of the same benefits as exercise in terms of improving mood and focus, anxiety etc. as much as I love days off I start getting antsy and fall back into my dissociation pretty quickly when Iím not active.

I do still get work anxiety, like anxiety about going to work. Pre-work anxiety or whatever. But it goes away once Iím there. Itís just anticipation anxiety.

But yeah I work tomorrow and Saturday then I have three days in a row off. Sunday will be spent with my bf because our 1 year anniversary is Monday and we both have Sunday off. Monday and Tuesday heís working, I have those days off though so Iím hoping to not fall into dissociation and waste the days spacing out. I always feel better when we talk and whatnot or spend time together. Like today I was dissociating extremely bad earlier and he called on his way to work and we talked for like 45 min and I felt a lot better after that and more grounded. Something about him always grounds me or improves my mood no matter whatís going on.

Weíre planning on me flying down there in like 2 months from now. We have to plan all the details like flights, Uber ride for me to the airport, arranging care for my cats while Iím gone for a week, and arranging time off work. So yeah a lot of planning and money saving in the next two months. In preparation. I still have to get luggage I donít even have that because I donít ever travel. Lots to plan

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