Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A dose of positivity a day keeps the depression away



Why are teens so prone to depression? Study shows that about 20 percent of teenagers will experience some form of depression. There are actually many causes of teen depression, school, genetics, loss of a loved one, etc. Depression causes people to constantly feel irritable, sad, and worthless. In many cases depression can even lead to suicide. So how can you help yourself or someone else who is depressed? Don't isolate yourself. If you're depressed, you might not want to see anyone. However, isolation can make your depression even worse. Go hang out with your friends, or people who make you feel good about yourself. You should also keep your body healthy and stay away from drugs or alcohol. This can improve your mood and your mindset. Exercise and eat a healthy diet. An improper diet will worsen your symptoms. If your friend is depressed, go talk to him or her and provide encouragement. It will make them feel like they are worth something. 

Have you ever felt depressed before?

If so, how did you deal with it? 

What other tips do you have in dealing with depression. 


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Is Your Relationship "Healthy" ?

You and your partner have been dating for quite a while. At first, you guys are doing so well, you feel that nothing can negatively affect your relationship. As time goes on, you start learning a lot more about each other and become irritated with one another. After a certain period of time one of you loses control and physically, verbally, or mentally abuses the other. All of this leads back to the relationship cycle that we talked about in Health class: "Honeymoon Phase"--> "Tension Phase"--> "Explosion Phase." As stated in the article, there are different stages of a relationship. If you're in a healthy one, then that means you and your partner show mutual respect and care for each other, with minimal jealousy and fighting. However, if you're in an unhealthy relationship, you and your partner begin to show resentment and annoyance towards each other over a certain period of time, which can lead to constant abusive fighting. According to this article in order to get out of an unhealthy, abusive relationship, you should confide in a trusted adult, teacher, or friend, and completely cut your partner out of your life. No relationship is worth being in if you don't bring out the best in each other.

http://teenshealth.org/teen/your_mind/relationships/healthy_relationship.html#

I've never been in a real relationship, but I do feel comfortable and safe with all of my friends. My questions for you are:

Have you ever felt like your partner has brought you out the worst in you in any of your relationships?

If that's not the case, then if you were in an abusive relationship, whether it was physical, verbal, or mental abuse, how would you get out of it? Would you report that person to the authorities, would you confide in a trusted adult or friend?

Do you think breaking up with a person could get them out of your life for good? Or do you think you need to go about some other solutions?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Music and Stress

You've had a long day at school, work, or otherwise occupation. You're stressed out, and you aren't sure how to remedy this period of elongated stress. According to several studies, listening to music when you are stressed out is proven to alleviate stress and fight off any feelings of restlessness, anxiety, pain, and more. We've discussed the effects of dopamine on the brain; this article is an example as to how you can get that dopamine working.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/302903.php

Personally, I enjoy listening to music the majority of the time. Sometimes it can help me calm down whereas other times it can energize me when I need a pick-me-up. It's amazing what listening to a song can do in terms of keeping your body healthy.

Answer any/all of the following questions:
Do you think that schools should have some sort of period of time where music can be played freely during class?

What kind of music do you listen to? Do you think that it helps you de-stress?

Do you think that listening to music with friends would make a difference? Why/why not?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

3 WAYS TO INCREASE POSITIVE EMOTIONS

3 Ways to Increase Positive Emotions
This article shows interesting and different ways to help boost positivity and a happy life style. I think that this is a very helpful article which can help people who are dealing with problems such as low self esteem, sadness, and depression.
My questions are: 
1,What do you think of these methods?
2. would you follow these methods?
3. How do you think this could help you?
Positive emotions don't just feel good — they're good for you. Research shows that people feel and do their best when they experience at least three times as many positive emotions as negative ones.
Ready to boost your positivity ratio? Here are 3 ways to increase positive emotions in everyday life:
  1. Identify and track your positive emotions.
  2. Focus on a specific positive emotion and act to increase it.
  3. Use a positivist treasure chest to give yourself a boost.


Track Your Positive Emotions Name the positive emotions you're already familiar with, the ones you've experienced in your daily life. Make a list. Add new emotions as you notice them.


Now look at your list. Think about (and write down) which activities, situations, or people are involved when you tend to feel each emotion.
Image result for lists of positive emotionsYou also can look over your list of emotions at the end of the day and write down when you felt different positive emotions. Did you feel proud after playing well on the soccer field? Happy when your friends remembered your birthday? Amused when your history teacher channeled his inner comedian during that day's lesson?
Tracking positive emotions helps us be more aware of the positive feelings we already experience, and the situations or activities that bring them.

Increase a Specific Positive Emotion


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Identify a positive emotion you want to increase. Let's say you want to feel more joy. Think of situations or activities you've experienced that made you aware of your joy. Write down as many as you can.
Focus on small, simple things, like a song that makes you feel joyful whenever you hear it. Any time you notice you're feeling joy, consider adding that situation or activity to your list.
After you know what prompts the emotion you want to increase, decide how to fit those activities or others like them into your everyday life. Pick things that are realistic enough to do every day. You may not be able to walk on the beach, but you could still feel joy by listening to a song that reminds you of vacation.
Commit to one or more daily actions that will increase the feeling you want more of in your life. Make time for these experiences. Think of them as the emotional equivalent of your "5 a day" fruits and vegetables — they're good for your emotional health!

Create a Positivity Treasure Chest


Sometimes we forget the way back to feeling positive. We might need a reminder that can lead us back to a happier emotional place. That's when a positivity box (or folder) is really helpful.
A positivity box is a collection of reminders of positive experiences we've had. These reminders bring back the feelings associated with the good moments in our lives, our strengths, joys, and accomplishments, the fun we've had, the books or music that have meaning for us, the people who are important to us. It's a positivity "treasure chest."
Collect things that remind you of positive emotional moments in your life. For example:
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  • photos or other souvenirs of great times
  • awards that remind you of an accomplishment
  • cards or notes from special people in your life
  • favorite inspirational quotes or song lyrics
  • childhood mementos
  • something you made or drew
  • a gift someone gave you
  • a photo of someone you look up to
Put everything in a folder, binder, or special box where you can easily find it. Or make a collage, poster, or mobile of the items. The most important thing is to choose only items that trigger a positive emotion for you. You can add, subtract, and rearrange them any time.
When you feel low or discouraged, take a few minutes to look through your treasure box to boost your positive emotions. Browse through it any time to give yourself a daily serving of positivity.
As you work on increasing your positive emotions, you might notice that you feel happier, more accomplished, and more energetic. A small daily investment of focusing on the positive pays off with big lifetime rewards.
http://teenshealth.org/teen/your_mind/emotions/positive-emotions.html
Reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD
Date reviewed: December 2013

Monday, November 16, 2015

Worrying About the Future, Ruminating on the Past-How Thoughts Affect Mental Health




This article talks about how it is a normal human function to think about mistakes they've made and sometimes overthink about them. Some people have issues with this and can go to extremities of not being able to stop thinking about what they did wrong. In this article, they use the term "ruminating," which means to think deeply, or go into a thoughtful consideration on something. Scientists have conducted studies that show people who constantly worry about their past or future could cause psychological disorders like depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and eating disorders. This article talks about rumination as a cycle that causes repetitive thoughts, and having a negative thoughts about the event. The article also talks about ways of treating the cycle of rumination like being mindful and in control of your thoughts. This article relates to the mental illness unit of health because it touches on the subject of mental health and what can be done to help with it. I found this article interesting because I would have never guessed that worrying about the past could cause such a variety of disorders.

How often do you worry about the past or future? How do you feel after you've had those thoughts?
Do you think that worrying has a great negative impact on people?
What are some ways that you deal with your worries?

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Teens Spend More Time On Media Each Day Than Sleeping, Survey Finds

This articles shows how teens are distracted by their phones or the TV while they are supposedly doing homework. Many teens believe that listening to music or multitasking while doing homework doesn't affect the way they study or focus but in reality they are getting distracted. Teens ages 13 to 18 spend almost nine hours a day on social media, music, gaming, and videos. While doing homework 76% of teens listen to music, 60% text, 51% watch TV and 50% use social networking. This causes teens to stay up late because they are easily distracted by the technology around them. Insufficient amounts of sleep can lead to getting bad grades, being tired, and being angry throughout the day.

Do you listen to music or go on social media while doing homework?
What are some ways to eliminate these distractions?
Do you think texting, watching TV, or listening to music affects your homework or studying?

Friday, November 13, 2015

Worrying about work when you're not at work


The article I read explains how studies have shown that people struggle with detaching themselves from work or tasks that are left unfinished. It discusses how people who plan their schedules tend to be less stressed out, rather than those who don't plan at all. This connects to the idea of being overly stressed, as reviewed in class, and putting too much on your plate to handle. Not everyone works as a teenager, but this can also connect to school, dance, sports, etc. Personally for me, I was never one to have missing/unfinished assignments, an increasing number of tardies to my first period, and bad grades. However, since my senior year started, I have been so stressed out every single day and all of these things keep naturally happening on it's own at this point. As it all builds up, it's almost like a domino effect because being stressed out makes me lose sleep, then motivation, which leads to lack of energy, and finally the desire to not even try in school. I do cram way too much than I can handle within my schedule, and this causes too much pressure/stress!!! Since I know that I'm not the only student struggling with this, I was wondering:
  • What are some other ways (other than planning) do you cope with balancing your days?
  • Do you guys experience this domino effect as well?
  • For students that work outside of school; any advice on managing time?
  • Do you guys believe that planning helps relief stress?
  • If you guys were/are in the same boat, how did/will you plan to overcome this?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

E-Cigarettes


Are E-Cigarettes bad for you? Maybe, maybe not, many people don't know what the ingredients are used in E-Cigarettes expect for one. Nicotine. But what does nicotine do to the body? Most people know that nicotine is very addictive but it does more to your body than that,Nicotine affects your heart, brain and nervous system. It raises your blood pressure and heart rate which can lead to cardiac arrest. Furthermore nicotine is highly toxic, it was even used as a bug pesticide not so long ago. However E-Cigarettes are still no where even close to how dangerous regular Cigarettes are,

So here are some questions to ponder:
Do you think that E-Cigarettes are a good substitute  for tobacco?
Do you think that E-Cigarettes should be regulated like tobacco?
And lastly do you think that E-Cigarettes should be sold to minors(Cuz it is in some states)

Me I am personally pro E-Cigarette, bet you didn't see that coming did ya. Plot twist!
Also here is da link Article



Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Aggressive drivers risking lives


Aggressive drivers are known road hazards, causing one third of all traffic crashes. Drivers may follow too closely, make sudden turns without signaling, or weave in and out of traffic. If someone is driving aggressively you should always stay focused and let them pass you or try to keep a distance. Teens are the # 1 aggressive drivers. Most aggressive drivers also try multitasking while driving which is a huge part for accidents. Multitasking  includes eating,smoking, phone usage, etc.   

Should it be illegal to multitask and drive?
Do people get away with driving aggressively?
What makes you drive aggressively or defensively?
How can we help stop the defensive/aggressively driving?

Monday, November 9, 2015

http://www.timeforkids.com/news/ending-teen-smoking/187686



Did you know that only 9% of teens in the U.S. smoke cigarettes, compared to 23% in the year 2000. That is a huge difference as well as a huge step taken toward eliminating smoking as a whole. Cigarettes have yet to show a benefit, a way that people can say they are a good thing, that is for the better. By smoking cigarettes you are not only affecting yourself but the people around you with secondhand smoke and exposing people to the dangers of smoking. And by teens smoking cigarettes they are only opening up the gate to a lifetime of addiction to nicotine and tobacco, so don't smoke, and dont put yourself and others at risk.

Do you or someone you know smoke?
What would you do if someone offered you to smoke?
Would you start smoking and put your loved ones in danger?

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Does Bacon Cause Cancer?


Many may have heard that the World Health Organization announced that bacon is considered a Group 1 carcinogen, meaning "carcinogenic to humans". Media sources have capitalized on it with headlines reading "BACON CAUSES CANCER!!!" This article addresses the questions people have regarding the actual meaning of this classification. Although other Group 1 carcinogens include tobacco and asbestos, the WHO clarifies that the scale only denotes the strength of the scientific evidence proving its carcinogenic properties, not its threat level. The WHO states that the consumption of processed and red meats is not dangerous as a whole, but it would be wise to be aware of one's intake.

Will you continue to eat bacon?
How can health organizations educate the public on their research findings without causing unnecessary panic?
Do you think the U.S.'s high cancer rate is related to high red meat consumption?

Are You Getting Enough Fiber?


We spent a lot of time in class talking about nutrients and the RDA for teens for the nutrients we learned about. We also evaluated all of that with our food logs. I think we all know fiber is good for us, but do we really make sure we get proper amounts? Fiber is good for you. It doesn't just help with digestion, but it does other things to prevent health issues. Studies show that majority of American people aren't getting enough fiber. When we saw the China study in class, we learned that our country is obese. Along with this, I guess I can say people living in this country are becoming more and more unhealthy.

Do you think more people should know about this to increase their intake of fiber?
Should fiber be an essential part of everyone's diet?
Do you think fiber is beneficial?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Teens Texting Before Bed May Be Health Hazardous


     Texting in bed... Every teen does it, but it turns out that this simple activity could be harmful to a young person's health and mind. Studies show that teens who spend time before falling asleep engaged in texting or social media are more drowsy during the day and show weaker school performance. This activity leads to stimulation in the mind throughout the night and the light on the device suppresses the secretion of melatonin, which helps you fall asleep. Researchers also say this could eventually be linked to anxiety and depression. I know that when I have my phone right beside me while I am trying to sleep I am extremely tempted to spend time on it, instead of resting my mind and falling asleep, causing me to feel sleepy the next day.

Do you spend most nights, before sleeping, on your cell phone? Does this affect you the next morning?
Do you ever notice that your brain seems more active or distracted from sleeping after you have spent time texting in bed?
Do you sleep with the phone under your pillow or right next to your bed?