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Posted By iamincontrol | May 1, 2014
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Posted By iamincontrol | February 22, 2018
Picture this: some friends are drinking alcohol.
All of them are underage. One of their friends drinks too much, and someone says that they should call 911. Someone else says that if they call, they’ll get their friend in trouble for drinking. Another person agrees and is worried that they will get in trouble themselves. Suddenly, they’re not sure who to call or what to do.
Medical amnesty laws, also called Good Samaritan Laws, Medical Immunity, or 911 Lifeline Laws are made for situations just like these. They were made because people are less likely to call for help if they think that they will get in trouble. In places with medical amnesty, someone who is drinking underage, for example, won’t get in trouble for calling for help on behalf of a friend.
While Iowa doesn’t have this law, it might be soon!
You can read more about medical amnesty here: https://www.medicalamnesty.org/
Posted By iamincontrol | February 15, 2018
“I’ll do it when I feel like it.” If you’re anything like me, you’ve used this phrase too many times. From homework, to chores, to errands, but ends up causing more stress later on.. Not only do we feel more stressed and guilty when we procrastinate. we do a worse job when we have little time to do the task. When it comes to school, that means you’re learning less. Were all those Netflix episodes worth this bad quiz grade? Here are some tips on how to stop procrastinating:
- Start right away. When you get home from school, sit down and start your homework
- Do the most time sensitive tasks first, even if they are the most intimidating.
- Set small goals. Have four weeks to write a huge paper? Break down the paper into smaller tasks.
- Give yourself assignments. For example, “By Monday I will have my outline written and by Thursday I will have my body paragraphs written.”
- Use a calendar, app or planner to organize tasks. Write them down and check them off as you go.
- Establish a reward system. This could be a favorite snack, favorite activity, social media time or watching an episode of TV. For example, after one hour of study you can be on Facebook for ten minutes. Be strict with yourself, only treat yourself after you’ve finished your task.
When you learn to stop procrastinating you feel better, less stressed, and your grades will likely improve. So stop procrastinating today!
Procrastination can be a sign of other problems like ADHD and depression. If you feel like this may describe you, talk to your doctor or a trusted adult.
For more info, visit: https://www.teenvogue.com/story/how-to-stop-procrastinating-procrastination-expert-tips
Posted By iamincontrol | February 13, 2018
If you are someone who gets a period, you’ve probably heard about toxic shock syndrome. Toxic shock syndrome is caused by too much bacteria in the bloodstream. Although it is possible to get toxic shock syndrome, it is very unlikely. Iowa hasn’t had any cases since 2015! There are several ways to decrease your risk if you have a period:
- Use external or non-absorbent period products (pads or menstrual cups). This will make it less likely that bacteria will grow.
- If you prefer tampons, make sure to choose lower absorbency types and to change them about every 4 hours (and never leave one in longer than 8!).
- There is also a risk of toxic shock syndrome with certain types of birth control, like the diaphragm and sponge, so ask your doctor about how to use them safely.
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- A rash similar to a sunburn anywhere on the body
- Severe muscle aches or weakness
If you’re still worried about toxic shock syndrome, ask family and friends how they deal with their period and how they stay safe. Always talk to your doctor about concerns and they can give you advice and up-to-date information!
Read more about preventing Toxic Shock Syndrome here: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/tss.html#
Read more about alternative menstrual products here: https://youngwomenshealth.org/2013/03/28/period-products/
Posted By iamincontrol | February 8, 2018
My mom, aunts, uncles, and some of my cousins have all been diagnosed with the same condition – osteoporosis. This word means “holey bones”, meaning their bones are not as strong and dense as healthy bones. About 54 million U.S. citizens have osteoporosis and low bone mass and it is more common in women than men. Everyone has heard that you should drink milk to build strong bones, right? We build up bone mass when we are young!
Building strong bones kind of works like a bank: your body stores up an account of calcium and bone mass when you’re a child and young adult and then you use that account when you’re an adult. In fact, 90% of a person’s bone mass is saved up by the time they turn 18. Vitamin D is also important because it helps your body absorb calcium. The best ways to build strong bones are to have a diet that has plenty of calcium and Vitamin D and to exercise.
Read more about ways to build strong bones here: http://m.kidshealth.org/en/parents/strong-bones.html
Posted By iamincontrol | February 6, 2018
Self-confidence, self-worth, and self-esteem, do you struggle with any of these? If so, you are not alone. I have always struggled with these personally. When you have these negative feelings about yourself and feel like you are not good enough it can affect your whole life in a negative way. Do you compare yourself with others frequently, or find things that you want to change about yourself? I can say that I do this too, but I am really working hard to change. I think that it is easier said than done to increase these values.it starts by simply believing in yourself, and focusing on yourself instead of others.
I think that the power in which you live your life is all in your mindset. We have all probably heard someone tell us that “you can do anything you set your mind to.” As much as we might think that is just a basic saying, it is actually very true and important.
One quote that was said by Theodore Roosevelt that spoke to me is: “believe you can and you’re halfway there.” I think that it is very important to look at all of the amazing things that we have in our lives instead of looking at the things that we don’t have.
You can find more information on this topic at: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/positive-emotions.html?WT.ac=ctg#catemotions
Posted By iamincontrol | January 25, 2018
When I was in high school, there weren’t many other people who were openly gay. So, when I realized that I wanted to start dating, I had a hard time meeting other people.
Through social media I was able to get in touch with some other LGBTQ teens who introduced me to a whole new world. Social media made it a lot easier to connect, but I noticed that when it came to dating, some people got kind of weird.
Since everyone was using apps like Tinder or Grindr, I thought it would be the best way to meet people. But it seemed like some people wanted to have sex right away, and I wasn’t sure I was ready for that. I knew I wanted to meet people, but I didn’t want to do anything I wasn’t comfortable with.
I found that it was important for me to be open and up-front with people about not wanting to rush into anything or do something I didn’t feel comfortable with. This way I felt there wasn’t so much pressure, and both of us knew what to expect. I also knew I had to be careful about who I chose to meet up with in person, because not everyone you meet online is trustworthy. Although it seems like a fun and that everyone is doing it, it’s not a good idea to meet up with people from the Internet. You just never know what’s going to happen, and all too often something goes wrong. But if you are going to do it anyway, only meet up in a group of people you already know and always go during the day in a public place. I know that it feels lonely to not know other LGBTQ people where you live, but there’s no need to take chances on safety. As you get older, there will be plenty of time for dating, so it is best if you don’t put yourself in dangerous positions now.
Check out this article about an app for finding LGBTQ friends!
Posted By iamincontrol | January 23, 2018
Lots of people throw around the word feminist without really knowing what it means. According to feminist writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the definition of a feminist is “a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes”. Feminists work together to spread awareness about how gender inequality and sexism hurts our communities.
Many people, including feminist writer Bell Hooks, say that feminism is really about equality in all areas of life, not just gender. Feminists say that there is inequality because of power imbalances in the government and places like schools, hospitals, or social life.
Feminism covers a wide range of topics that may not seem related at first, but they are really all connected. For example, Angela Davis is a feminist writer who talks about the importance of prison reform. She argues that prisons don’t make people commit less crime and they are too harsh of a punishment. Angela says that prison reform is a feminist issue because, at the end of the day, it still about some people having too much power and using it to hurt people.
When thinking about feminism in daily life, it is important to remember that nothing is black and white. Most issues are complicated, and lots of feminists try to show that many different things are related to issues of gender and equality. Like anything, it’s a good idea to be open-minded and listen to other people’s ideas and experiences. The more you listen to other people about what they believe, the more you can understand the world around you.
Check out this cool video about feminism: