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We’re In Retrograde So Stay Away From Your Ex’s Thirsty Texts, Don’t Sign Anything And Other Things To Avoid During This Period

If you’ve been feeling a little off lately, don’t worry, no one is doing brujería on you. We are right in the middle of Mercury retrograde and its witch-like antics plan to continue until July 31, 2019.

If you’ve been resisting and ignoring all this talk about Mercury reggaeton, you might just be sabotaging yourself. Let us break down what we know about Mercury retrograde and what to do during this painfully confusing time period to ensure you don’t screw yourself over.

What happens during Mercury retrograde?

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Mercury retrograde is a phenomenon that seems to affect everyone in más o menos the same way. The first thing to note is that Mercury is known as the messenger planet. Anything we do that has to do with the exchange of information is processed through Mercury. Mercury controls communication and technology, which is heavily impacted during this time. You might get the sudden urge to start sending I miss you texts — or you might be on the receiving end of those kinds of messages.

When Mercury retrograde occurs, there’s an illusion that the planet starts to move backward for three and a half weeks. Think of this illusion as what you see when you’re sitting in traffic next to a car. If you race ahead, to some it could appear that the other car started going backward, but we know that’s not what happens. So when Earth starts to pull up ahead in this orbital race, and leaves Mercury in the dust, turbulence and other forces are disturbed that affect our everyday lives.

But it’s not as scary as it sounds. Here are some tips on how to survive this year’s Mercury retrograde and ensure this phenomenon doesn’t screw you over too much.

Stay Calm

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Remember to breathe. It’s easy to get frustrated when everything feels like it’s falling apart or not going your way. Take a deep breath and remember that this is not the first time you experience Mercury retrograde. It also definitely will not be the last time either. It’s not a new phenomenon and you will make it.

Backup Your Technology

When was the last time that you backed up your phone or computer? These aren’t things that we actively think about doing, yet it is super important to do them because Mercury can pull forces to delete those selfies you had or destroy that essay that is due in the morning. You don’t want to be in the middle of slipping a selfie in a DM and then have your phone crash, unable to recover that fire photo you were about to send off. Our phones are basically our portable identity and our lives. Losing everything could be the end of us. The next best thing to do is to make sure you aren’t relying too much on technology. Your phone might be dead the ONE time you want to actually use Apple Pay and don’t have your debit or credit card on you.

Avoid Making Big Decisions

Ready to sign a new lease? Or a contract for a new job? Break up with bae or even get you a new bae? You might want to think twice. The lines of communication are blurred during this time, so it is easy to misinterpret or misread a contract. Ideally, you want to wait until Mercury retrograde is over, if you can, before making a big call. However, if you must, proceed with caution. Triple check every document that comes your way and think about how you could reverse this decision if needed after retrograde. It might seem like you’re being too careful and excessive, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want to be committed to something, or someone, you hate.

Stay Flexible

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Mercury retrograde is notorious for throwing plans off balance, but do not let that stop you from going out there and completing your goals or having fun. Misunderstandings can and will happen. The sooner you accept that, the better. It’s important to be able to adapt to any situation that arises. Make sure to create backup plans and be ready for anything.

Don’t Be Negative

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You’re already frustrated and upset that life is not going the way you planned, but dwelling on the negative aspects of it will only make matters worse. If you stay mad about every little thing that happens, you’re not going to grow during this Mercury retrograde. So many things can go wrong because of Mercury retrograde pero la vida sigue. All you can do is brush off the haters and keep walking with your head high.

Think Before You Speak

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We don’t mean not to speak, we mean choose your words wisely. Think about what you are going to say before you open your mouth and say something you wouldn’t mean when we’re not in retrograde. Remember, during this time all forms of communication are disrupted. It’s important to be clear whenever you communicate with others. You don’t want situations to be misinterpreted and then have to deal with the consequences after.

Slow Down

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Even though you might be tempted to run out to chase the paletero, you should probably slow down when you hear the bell ringing outside. When you’re in a hurry, you run the risk of forgetting valuable belongings such as your wallet (you need cash to pay for those paletas!) or keys. Make sure to give yourself enough time to get ready for work or important events in general, double-check you have everything you need, and remember to lock your door.

Look To The Past

Instead of focusing on starting new projects or new relationships, look towards the past for guidance. Try finishing up projects that you had forgotten about or hang out with old friends. This is a time to reflect on what you’ve done in the past and learn from mistakes you have committed. It’s also a chance to get closure from people in your life.

Plan For The Future

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Mercury Retrograde is the perfect time to plan for the future. If you focus on the hard work now, during the retrograde,  you will see the fruits of your labor come to life once this period is over. Give your resume a new look. Do research on companies that you want to work for or places where you want to live and set your goals accordingly.

It might be tempting to put your life on hold until Mercury Retrograde is over, but you don’t have to. Don’t live the next couple of weeks in fear. Although it’s convenient to blame the shifting planet for everything that goes wrong, it’s not just bad luck. This is not the time to cut your bangs by yourself, (really, when is it ever?) but it is the perfect time to assess your life. Look at this as an opportunity to think back on how far you’ve come. If you’re not where you want to be, then take a moment to evaluate how you’re going to get there. Embrace this hectic time with open arms because you will come out stronger. Be open-minded to anything that life throws your way. You might be surprised to where it can take you.

Be sure to save this in your notes because this sh*t will be hitting the fan all over again from Oc. 31 to Nov. 1. 

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