Originally Posted by Equisgurl
I cant help it. Its scaring me, but it seems like my face is permanently stuck in a rigid grimace.
Equisgurl, how long have you had this frowning problem? It's possible that meds are the cause, (if you happen to be taking any?). When I took meds for depression a couple years ago, I noticed that my face always looked tense. The muscles around my eyebrows bulged a bit, making me look stressed or angry. Occasionally, people would ask me what's wrong, when in fact, I was feeling fine. At first, I thought there was something weird about me, but actually, it was a side effect of my meds (Effexor, Wellbutrin, Risperdal). I stumbled on information that some meds can tense up the face muscles. It's called, "stone face" or "mask-like face". Doctors usually don't mention this when they prescribe. After I went off the meds, my face returned to normal, and I look natural again.
As for the restaurant, you just have to practice talking louder. I had the same problem when I worked in food service. I am soft-spoken, and restaurants can be noisy and chaotic with crowds of people and the background sounds in the kitchen. My co-worker was nice about it. She told me that you practically have to scream at the customers, and don't feel weird about doing this, LOL. I also worked with a lady who had a Greek accent, and she spoke loudly and slowly to customers, so that they could properly hear her. She took lots of customized cake orders, so she couldn't afford to have misunderstandings.