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Posted By iamincontrol | May 1, 2014
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Posted By iamincontrol | July 20, 2017
Picture this: You are home alone in your bedroom when you start to smell smoke. You probably know that in the case of a fire you should get out of the house, but do you know the best route? Do you know another route if that route is blocked by flames or smoke?
- Electrical blackouts
- Extreme floods
- Home fires
- Landslides/Debris Flows
- Thunderstorms and Lightning
- Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
Even if you do not live in an area that experiences a certain type of disaster (example: tsunamis do not occur in the Midwest). It’s still important to be prepared for them, as a disaster could happen while you are visiting a different region. The following link provides a planning tool that you can fill out with your families. It includes common emergency contacts, meeting places for when communication is disrupted, and fire escape plans https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/a260e5fb242216dc62ae380946806677/FEMA_plan_child_508_071513.pdf
There are also a lot of apps you can download onto your cell phone that can help keep you safe in the event of an emergency. Follow this YouTube link to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6donBZ5BUE
While we are talking about cell phones, here’s a tip: Unless calling for help during a disaster, it’s best to text or communicate via social media rather than call. Phone lines will likely be jammed with 911 calls, while texting and social media use lower bandwidths that are less likely to become jammed.
We all hope we will never be in an emergency situation, but there’s no harm in planning for the worst. As they say… it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Posted By iamincontrol | July 11, 2017
You’re sitting in class, and all of a sudden, you fart! You think, “OMG did that really just happen?” Yes. Yes, it did, my friend. Your body has functions that you can’t always control! Besides farting, your body needs to burp, sweat, poop, pee, and many other things! But don’t be embarrassed! It happens to literally everyone. In fact, if your body doesn’t have these functions, you’re probably dead.
Here are some things you can do to deal with public displays of bodily function:
- Ignore it. Doctors say that bodily functions are more common than we think! The best thing to do is to ignore it. You don’t have to try to explain every unexpected burp or blip that happens throughout the day.
- Briefly acknowledge it and move on. If you can’t just ignore it, then you can briefly acknowledge it. Just say, “Excuse me” and be done with it. Nobody is asking for an explanation for why you’re yawning or why your stomach is growling.
- Go to a doctor. If embarrassing problems are happening unexpectedly when they never happened before, and if they are getting worse, it may be a good idea to see a doctor. These may be signs that you are actually ill.
To learn more, please visit: http://www.webmd.com/women/features/embarrassing#1
Posted By iamincontrol | July 4, 2017
The results are in and it shows that Iowa teens believe they know what to do to take care of themselves in stressful situations and in life in general!
When life gets tough with school, work, family, friends or just everyday issues you need to take care of yourself first. I know it is hard to imagine a day when everything is better but trust me its out there. You are NOT alone. A few things you can do to help your body distress and lower your stress includes:
- Exercise. Just as Legally Blonde talks about “exercise creates endorphins. Endorphins makes people happy.” Exercising even once every few days will help reduce your stress! It will also allow you to feel better about your body.
- Take a hot shower. Hot water will relax your muscles as well as allow you to have time to think to yourself. Things I enjoy are getting in the shower and standing there just breathing. You can even play some soft music and create an in-house spa night.
- Write in a journal. Writing your feelings out knowing you won’t hurt anyone’s feelings is something I love to do. You can rant all you want but then leave all the issues in that book.
- Spend time with an animal. Animals such as dog and cats can help with relieving stress. Just playing around with them and petting them will allow you to keep your mind off other things.
I know things will get better for you even when you can’t see the bright days ahead. Stay positive.
For more information about how to distress, visit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/09/06/stress-relief-that-works_n_3842511.html
Posted By iamincontrol | June 27, 2017
Growing up I learned that it is not appropriate to call people fat because it is rude and can hurt their feelings. As a girl who has always been stick thin, I can tell you that people calling me too thin hurts just the same. There was a time that I would try and eat more just to not be so thin, but that never worked. One way I found to be healthier for me is exercise! Going for runs and lifting weights is not only good at getting me toned, but it is an amazing stress reliever! Whenever I feel overwhelmed or anxious, I just go to the gym and try to forget about all of my problems. I have noticed since I started that not only do I notice a change in my body, but I notice a change in my mind. I feel more confident about myself and I always try to push myself to be the best I can be.
One thing I have learned is that if you want something bad enough, you have to make time for it and try everything you can to make it happen! Also, if there are people in your life who do not support you or try and bring you down, it is best to remove those people from your life. You will be much happier. Surround yourself with positive, hardworking people! You don’t realize what a difference this little change can make in your life. Finally, if anyone makes a comment about how you look, or if you think you are too fat or too skinny, just remember you are beautiful the way you are!
For more information about a positive body image and self-esteem, check out http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/body-image.html?ref=search
Posted By iamincontrol | June 22, 2017
Adolescence and young adulthood are periods of time that individuals experience a lot of physical and emotional changes. By establishing healthy behaviors early on, these behaviors can be carried into adulthood. How do you know if something is healthy or not? Talking to your doctor is a great start!
It is important for adolescents and young adults to receive a well-visit each year. A well-visit is another name for a checkup, but is very different than a sports physical. A sports physical is a physical exam that determines if it is safe for you to participate in a particular sport. While during a well-visit with your doctor a health assessment or questionnaire about your health behaviors is completed and there is a chance for a health topics discussion.
- Some topics that can be discussed during a well- visit are:
- healthy eating
- physical activity
- mental health
- substance use
- sexual behaviors
Having a well-visit gives the doctor an opportunity to help you maintain healthy behaviors, avoid health-damaging behaviors and preventing diseases.
For some facts about adolescent health read: http://www.un.org/youthenvoy/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/YouthStatsHealth1.pdf