Here Are Some Mental Health Reminders You Might Need Right Now

You’re not a bad person for needing to turn off the news.

To help you process in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, BuzzFeed Health talked to Dr. Shairi Turner, chief medical officer of Crisis Text Line, a free, 24/7 support line for those in crisis. Here are some things to keep in mind:

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There’s no “wrong” way to feel, and you shouldn’t feel guilty for having an emotional reaction, even if you weren’t directly affected.

There’s no “wrong” way to feel, and you shouldn’t feel guilty for having an emotional reaction, even if you weren’t directly affected.

You’ve probably heard, “Your emotions are valid,” before, and it’s true. When something like this happens, people's reactions fall anywhere on a large spectrum of feelings, and none of them are the “right” one. You might feel anxiety, sadness, panic, or anger, or you might shut down emotionally. The key thing to remember is that you should not discount whatever it is you're feeling, and you definitely shouldn't feel guilty for it.

“You have every right to feel frightened,” says Turner. “You have every right to feel sad. You have every right to feel anxious. All of those emotions can come flooding in when they see something like this.”

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Feeling numb or even desensitized doesn’t mean you’re broken or callous.

Feeling numb or even desensitized doesn’t mean you’re broken or callous.

You may feel like it isn't normal to feel nothing in the wake of a tragedy, but actually, that could be your body going into protection mode. “For some people, becoming numb is the mind's way of preventing overload,” says Turner. “Shutting down prevents being triggered by past experiences, having an anxiety attack, or becoming hyper-vigilant.”

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For people who have experienced a crisis, tragedy, or a trauma, events like this can be very triggering.

For people who have experienced a crisis, tragedy, or a trauma, events like this can be very triggering.

It's important to keep in mind that certain people, like those with post-traumatic stress disorder, have more than an emotional reaction to events like this — a reminder of their trauma (aka, a trigger) can cause a symptomatic response, like a flashback or a panic attack, or a rush of emotions that sets them back in their mental wellbeing.

If this applies to you, be kind and patient with yourself. If it doesn't, keep it in mind and be aware that there are other people who might not be able to engage in conversations about a tragedy or need to take a big step back.

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Delta’s Free Messaging Guarantees us More Updates on Legroom, Crying Babies

Have you ever purchased that overpriced but oh so convenient in-flight Wi-Fi? You know, the kind that costs anywhere from $16 to $28 per day?

Sure you have. It’s 2017, so the thought of an hour or two without communication makes you break into a cold sweat as the plane’s walls close in on you. The fact that you can’t text your BFF about how bored you are on your flight drives you insane.

Well, Delta is here to restore your sanity. Starting Oct. 1, Delta customers will have access to free in-flight messaging through iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Yes, free!

No More Wasting Money on In-Flight Wi-Fi

There’s a special kind of shameful purchasing that comes with flying. I’m not talking about buying overpriced junk from the crusty Skymall magazine in your seatback pocket — although a few bloody marys at 10,000 feet may make those strange garden gnomes look enticing.  

So, when airlines offer to charge you big for spotty — if not terrible — Wi-Fi, you whip out your American Express like it ain’t no thang and pay the hefty price to have some sort of connection to life on the ground.

That hefty price tag is why Delta’s new offer is changing the game.

To get your free messaging, download the apps prior to takeoff. Connect to the Gogo Inflight network once in-flight Wi-Fi is enabled, then navigate to airborne.gogoinflight.com and select the free messaging option from the dashboard. The free in-flight messaging works on virtually any Wi-Fi-enabled device, according to Delta’s website.

No, you can’t Snapchat about your lack of legroom, but you can stay connected to friends and family during your journey without draining your travel budget.

We’ll take it!

Kelly Anne Smith is a junior writer and engagement specialist at The Penny Hoarder. Catch her on Twitter at @keywordkelly.

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23 Things That’ll Make You Say “I Thought I Was The Only One”

Don’t even try to lie to me.

Used literally anything as a blanket because you’ve been too lazy to get up and actually get one.

Used literally anything as a blanket because you've been too lazy to get up and actually get one.

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And turned your fan on just so you could sleep all wrapped up in your blankets.

And turned your fan on just so you could sleep all wrapped up in your blankets.

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Fished a box out of the rubbish bin because you forgot what the cooking instructions said.

Fished a box out of the rubbish bin because you forgot what the cooking instructions said.

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And forced yourself to carry all the groceries in one trip, because you refuse to go back and forth.

And forced yourself to carry all the groceries in one trip, because you refuse to go back and forth.

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Love Searching the Web? This Company Will Pay You $12/Hr to Do It

It’s been more than a decade since we had our own personal search engine butler. (R.I.P., Jeeves.)

Google. Bing. Yahoo. Online searches just seem more impersonal nowadays.

Here’s your chance to cast judgment on the remaining cold, heartless, non-anthropomorphic search engines we rely on every day.

And the best part is you can make more than $12 an hour doing it while working from the comfort of your home.

Leapforce, a company based in Pleasanton, California, is hiring what it calls “at-home independent agents” to do search-engine evaluation on a contract basis. Indeed and Glassdoor list hourly pay for these types of gigs as ranging from $12 to $15.

You would be testing out search engines, as well as evaluating videos, mapping software and automation. (You might be assisting our new robot overlords!)

Here’s How to Snag One of These Leapforce Jobs

Leapforce has set a pretty high and specific bar to land one of these work-from-home jobs. It’s looking for educated, internet-savvy applicants with this specific set of qualifications:

  • Use of an iPhone 4s or higher, Android 4.1 or higher or a Windows phone version 8.1 or higher
  • College degree or equivalent experience — post-graduate degrees are a plus
  • High-speed internet connection
  • Excellent English writing and comprehension skills
  • Web research and analytical skills
  • Broad range of interests
  • Familiarity with U.S. pop culture

Click here and select U.S. jobs in English from the dropdown menu to apply. Applicants will be expected to pass an exam.

Of course, if you don’t have a college degree, tons of other opportunities to work from home are out there.

And be sure to follow The Penny Hoarder Jobs page on Facebook for a plethora of job prospects.

Alex Mahadevan is a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder.

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This Study Says These are the Top 5 Side Gigs for Making the Most Money

We love good side gigs here at The Penny Hoarder, but are y’all actually trying to make some substantial pocket change?

Last month, Bankrate published a study that revealed those with side gigs are making, on average, an extra $9,948 a year.

Dang.

But what platforms are side-gig workers using to rake in this money?

Earnest, which offers personalized loans, combed its data of tens of thousands of loan applicants and found the most profitable arenas.

Ranked by the average monthly income, here are the top five:

1. Airbnb

Earnest found that the average monthly income for Airbnb hosts was $924, making it the most profitable side gig on the list.

This makes sense, as we wrote about a host who makes $1,380 a month just by renting out a backyard tent.

You don’t have to be that creative, though. Folks list spare bedrooms, vacation homes, garage apartments and even campers to bring in the bucks.

Use the platform’s calculator to see how much you could make each week.

2. TaskRabbit

Ever heard of it?

TaskRabbit is an online marketplace that matches freelancers to local demand. For example, if you need a logo made for your website, find a designer on TaskRabbit. Or if you need your lawn mowed, search TaskRabbit.

According to Earnest’s data, TaskRabbit members make, on average, $380 a month.

If you want to learn more about TaskRabbit, check out advice from these contractors, who make up to $2,000 a week.

3. Lyft

Ever wonder how much you could make driving for a ride-sharing service? Lyft and Uber come in back-to-back on this list.

The average Lyft driver pockets $377 a month, according to Earnest’s findings.

However, this is just the average. Your wages will depend on where you live and how often you drive. Earlier this year, we interviewed a guy who makes $750 per week as a Lyft driver.

If you’re curious about how much you could make, Lyft has a calculator to see how much you could make.

4. Uber

Uber comes in closely behind its competitor. Earnest states that the average Uber driver makes $364 a month.

Last year, we hunted down six Uber drivers from across the U.S. Some worked part time while others worked full time and earned upwards of $450 a week.

Want to see how much you could make? You can sign up now.

5. DoorDash

DoorDash is an on-demand food delivery service that’s located in more than 300 cities.

According to Earnest, the average “Dasher” makes $229 a month.

If you’re interested in being tempted by delicious food each day, check out more details on its site.

The side gigs that rounded out the top nine also included Postmates, Etsy, Fiverr and Getaround. If you want to see more details and breakdowns, Earnest has it all.

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. Do you make bank in the sharing economy? She’d be curious to hear your story!

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Frauke Petry verlässt die AfD. Eine schwere Stunde! Aber Trost naht.

Lieder für Frauke – Die ganze Playlist

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Wenn du ‘ne SMS vom Meuthen bekommst.

Wenn du 'ne SMS vom Meuthen bekommst.

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Wenn du in der Bundespressekonferenz ‘nen Gedankenblitz hast.

Wenn du in der Bundespressekonferenz 'nen Gedankenblitz hast.

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Wenn du deine bisherigen Kollegen auf dem Gang triffst.

Wenn du deine bisherigen Kollegen auf dem Gang triffst.

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Harvey and Irma’s Used Car Lot: How to Avoid the Flood-Damaged Car Scam

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were catastrophic for parts of the southern United States. In some places, Harvey released more than 50 inches of rain, and, overall, the hurricane dumped an estimated total of 30 trillion gallons of water throughout the U.S. Irma was similarly devastating, dropping nearly 16 inches of rain in Florida, with gusts reaching 142 miles per hour.

As the tens of thousands of affected people begin to rebuild their lives, the automotive market is in a state of disarray. According to Edmunds’ Jessica Caldwell, an estimated 366,000 new vehicles were destroyed on dealership lots in Texas, which is responsible for 9% of automotive retail sales in the U.S. This will likely put a dent in the profitability of the auto industry, which employs roughly 7.25 million Americans; for August, overall US auto sales decreased by 1.9%, largely due to Harvey.

Adding to this disarray, Cox Automotive estimates that 500,000 vehicles were damaged by flooding due to Harvey and another 200,000 to 400,000 were claimed by Irma, which will put just as many drivers in the market for replacement vehicles in the coming weeks. An increase in demand, as Economics 101 has taught us, will likely lead to increased used car prices for Harvey and Irma victims looking to make a fresh start.

The other unfortunate implication is that 700,000 to 900,000 flood-damaged vehicles could enter the used car market; some sellers will illegally try to pass these off as vehicles that have not been flood-damaged by obtaining new vehicle titles (called “title washing”).

While it is not clear how many cars were title-washed after Katrina and Sandy, a 2014 study from Carfax indicates that nearly 800,000 vehicles in the U.S. could be title-washed. It is telling, however, that the state with the highest number of potentially title-washed cars was New Jersey (77,096), just two years after the Garden State was devastated by Sandy.

That makes it crucial for used car shoppers — Harvey and Irma victims or otherwise — to be on high alert for signs of flood-damaged vehicles in the coming months. Below are tips to avoid purchasing a car that has been damaged by flood waters, particularly in the wake of Harvey and Irma.

How to Avoid Buying a Flood-Damaged Used Car

Buy from Reputable Dealers.

To avoid being swindled into purchasing a flood-damaged used car, your safest bet is to buy from a trusted dealership. These dealers have a reputation to uphold and will likely provide you with a detailed vehicle history report.

Get the Vehicle History Report

Edmunds recommends getting a Carfax vehicle history report if you suspect flood damage.

A vehicle history report will include tons of relevant information, like states in which the car has been registered. Edmunds also recommends a cheap ($7 or less) report from the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System, which will detail whether the car has been salvaged, among other key points.

You should also use the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NCIB) VINCheck to compare a used car’s VIN against a database of cars that have been totaled (including due to flood damage).

Trust Your Senses, but Also a Mechanic’s

When you are inspecting a potential used car, be on the lookout for the following:

  • Foul odors, particularly mold and mildew. These smells can signal that a car has been in standing water for a prolonged amount of time.
  • Discolored carpeting or rusted metal. Stains in carpeting or seat fabrics are also indicators of standing water. Rust on the body or the undercarriage is a sign of excessive water exposure, particularly in newer cars.
  • Inexplicable dirt build-up, like in the trunk or along the seat tracks. This is a sign that mud got into places where muddy feet typically do not travel.
  • Water build-up in headlights and taillights. Fogginess in the lighting can also be a sign of prolonged water exposure.
  • Mismatching parts, like seat materials compared to floor mats. A clever seller may replace a damaged floor mat, hoping you won’t notice that it isn’t a perfect match to the other mats or the seat fabric.

For added precaution, have a trusted mechanic give the vehicle a once-over before you sign on the dotted line. Avoid any seller who is uncomfortable with you taking the car to a mechanic.

If you do suspect a dealership or private seller of knowingly selling a flood-damaged vehicle, contact your local authorities or the NCIB immediately.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, many in our nation are in great need. Find out how you can help provide relief, even if money is tight. Just be aware of scammers — they exist outside the used car market too.

Timothy Moore has written for the automotive industry for five years. He works as an editor and writer in Nashville.

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Who Needs Pinterest, This Costco Wedding Is Seriously Goals

Nothing like hot dogs and sheet cake to celebrate eternal love.

Costco is truly heaven in a store, especially if you love a good bargain. But would you ever get married there?

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Well, if you asked that question to Sydney couple Sue and Eli, they’d say, “Mate, we already did”.

Well, if you asked that question to Sydney couple Sue and Eli, they'd say, "Mate, we already did".

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Over the weekend the couple tied the knot in the bride’s favourite store. “Where else can I get married to the one I love, in the place that I love, surrounded by the people I love?,” she told A Current Affair.

Over the weekend the couple tied the knot in the bride's favourite store. "Where else can I get married to the one I love, in the place that I love, surrounded by the people I love?," she told A Current Affair.

“The initial idea of the wedding was meant as a bit of joke,” she said. “I've got a big family and so does he, and I wondered how we were going to do it. Then I thought I should get married at Costco because I'm there all the time – so it just made sense.”

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How Meatless Mondays Can Cut Your Grocery Budget and Keep Your Family Healthy

You may have already heard that Meatless Monday is good for your health and the health of the planet. The global movement, which the Center for a Livable Future and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health created, challenges people to go meat-free each Monday to reduce their risk of disease, fight obesity and reduce their carbon footprint.

But participating in Meatless Mondays can do more than trim your waist and your impact on the environment; it can also help your wallet. After all, meat can be expensive, especially compared to fruits and vegetables. Going meat-free for one day a week can teach you some great tricks to keep your grocery budget low.

Here are 10 simple swaps you can make to get started today.

*Prices are averages for my local area and could vary by region.

1. Tofu to Replace Chicken Breast

Tofu is marinated in dill pickle juice before being fried to make tofu nuggets.

Marinate tofu in dill pickle juice before frying to make tofu nuggets. Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder

Tofu is one of the most versatile meat substitutes. Made from condensed soy milk, it has a soft, mushy texture and not much natural taste, which means you can make it fit a ton of different recipes. Grill it, fry it, bake it, cover it in breading or top it with sauce or press it to make it denser and chewier. You can prepare tofu to mimic chicken, fish, pork and more so it fits a wide array of recipes. It’s low in calories, has zero cholesterol, and is packed with protein, iron and calcium.

Recipes to try:

Cost savings:

Tofu costs just $1.82 per pound versus chicken at $3.29 per pound for boneless breast.

2. Tempeh instead of Mahimahi

Made from cooked, fermented soybeans, tempeh has a firmer, meatier texture than tofu and can be easier to digest than other protein substitutes like legumes. It’s a good source of fiber, protein, antioxidants, calcium and iron.

With a slightly sweet, nutty taste on its own, tempeh can be baked, grilled, stir-fried and more, and will absorb whatever flavors you cook it in. When you use it wisely, it can be comparable if not slightly cheaper than other meats per pound — and it’s healthier.

Recipes to try:

Cost savings:

Tempeh costs $3.98 per pound, whereas mahimahi costs $14.99 per pound.

3. Texturized Vegetable Protein as Bacon

Also made from soy, TVP is sold in a variety of forms, from flakes to chunks to nuggets. It’s relatively cheap and high in protein, and it can mimic everything from stewed beef to bacon bits. Since it’s dehydrated, it’s also great at absorbing whatever spices and seasonings you cook it in. About 2 cups of dried TVP crumbles is equal to about a pound of bacon or ground beef.

Recipes to try:

Cost savings:

Two cups of dry TVP costs just $1.09 per pound (Bob’s Red Mill TVP), while bacon rings in at $5.74 per pound.

4. Seitan for Pork Dishes

Seitan is made from wheat gluten, so gluten-sensitive folks should skip this option. It’s low in cholesterol, carbs and calories, and high in protein. With a savory taste and a nice meaty texture, it’s great in Asian dishes and as a pork alternative. It’s also easy to cook. Just please don’t pronounce it like the evil deity: It’s “say-TAN,” not “Satan.”

Recipes to try:

Cost savings:

Two cups of dry wheat gluten will run $1.53, but pork checks in at $2.63 per pound.

5. Lentils Instead of Ground Beef

A bowl of vegan shepherd's pie with lentils, tomatoes, carrots, onions, celery and topped with sweet potatoes is served for dinner.

Lentils are a great meat replacement for many dishes, including this lentil and sweet potato shepherd’s pie. Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder

High in fiber, protein and magnesium, lentils are hearty, easy to cook and are a great replacement for ground beef. They also come in a wide variety of colors, texture and flavors, and work well in both cold and hot recipes. For a filling, flexible and affordable meat alternative, they’re definitely worth keeping in your pantry.

Recipes to try:

Cost savings:

Dry lentils cost just 24 cents per cup, while ground beef is $3.59 per pound.

6. Black Beans and Chickpeas for Chili

With so many varieties to choose from, we could do a whole list on beans and legumes themselves. High in protein and fiber, they work great in chili, salads, burgers and more. Check out black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, pinto beans to start, then branch out into more exotic options like adzuki beans.

Recipes to try:

Cost savings:

Dry black beans run $1.99 per pound and canned chickpeas are just 80 cents per pound. Ground beef, on the other hand, costs $3.59 per pound.

7. Walnuts for Your Burgers

Protein powerhouses, nuts can add meatiness to vegan or vegetarian burgers, loaves and more. They’re also great sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals, as well as heart-healthy fats that lower LDL (or bad) cholesterol. They can, however, be high in calories and fat, so be sure to intersperse nut-heavy recipes with those that are lower in calories and fat for a more balanced diet. Nuts can also be pricy, but these recipes actually only call for ¼  to ½ cup of nuts per serving.

Recipes to try:

Cost savings:

Chopped walnuts cost $1.85 per cup, whereas ground beef is $3.59 per pound.

8. Eggplant as Meatballs

With a rich taste and texture, eggplant makes a yummy substitute for beef. Try it to make meatballs, burgers or pasta dishes like the classic eggplant parmesan. It’s loaded with fiber and antioxidants to help your heart and brain.

Recipes to try:

Cost savings:

Eggplants cost $1.79 each, whereas a pound of ground beef will run $3.59.

9. Mushrooms Disguised as Steak

Mushrooms are a good meat substitute thanks to their earthy flavor and hearty texture. They’re nutrient rich, cheaper than processed meat alternatives and low in calories. Unfortunately, they’re not as strong a protein source as other substitutes on this list. Try them in pot pies, ground up as a salisbury steak or use a portobello as a hearty steak burger.

Recipes to try:

Cost savings:

Two portobello mushroom caps, which cost $3.69, can replace one steak priced at $6.13 per pound.

10. Cauliflower as Taco Meat

Cauliflower may not be the best source of protein, but it makes a great dish to compliment the other swaps on this list. Mash it instead of potatoes, turn it into rice or use it as a pizza dough to boost the nutritional value of your meals and cut carbs. Or get adventurous and try it in place of meat in taco recipes, stir fries or meatballs.

Recipes to try:

Cost savings:

Cauliflower runs just $2.79 per head versus $3.95 per pound for ground beef.

Kelly Gurnett is a freelance blogger, writer and editor who runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits, where she documents her attempts to rid her life of the things that don’t matter and focus more on the things that do. Follow her on Twitter @CordeliaCallsIt.

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