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Posted By iamincontrol | December 30, 2014
Top Ten New Years Resolutions for Teens
Have a Good Relationship with My Body- Enjoy parts of your body and embrace what’s been given.
- Change my Attitude about Food-Treat food as something needed to nourish your body, so do those Cheetos® do the trick or that apple?
- Stay in touch- a 2010 study showed that if you don’t have a connection to social ties and they are broken you are more prone to mental health issues.
- Exercise More- We all know that exercise helps with our health but also makes us feel good about our selves.
- Volunteer- A 2010 study found that people with positive emotions (such as volunteering) were 20% less like to have a heart attack and were more resilient and resourceful
- Get more sleep-Lack of sleep causes your skin to age, forget things, gain weight, makes you dumber.
- Set goals for ourselves- It’s easy to accomplish things when we have goals. It’s also meta to set goals as your new years resolution. Right?
- Have more confidence-join a group at school, ask someone to hang out, make more friends
- Cut toxic people out of my life- Negative people can bring you down, identify if they are needed in your life. Parents do NOT count.
- Spend less time on Twitter, Instagram, and Kik-Studies show that increase time on social media can lead to depression and other things
Now its time for you to decide, but let us know what you do decide. Our poll next month will ask:
Does your New Years Resolution involve?
- Nutrition (Cut back on drinking energy drinks and/or soda, Eat less Cheetos, etc)
- Body Image (be happy when I look in the mirror, embrace my love handles, etc.)
- Mental Health (smile more, look up Classic Joke Wednesday on Ellen and share them, etc.)
- Exercise (Dance around to “Shake it Off” by T. Swift for thirty minutes a day)
- Sexual Health (Find out about different contraceptives, figure out how to use a condom)
- Life Skills (Start a savings, embrace my haters, etc )
Posted By iamincontrol | August 21, 2014
I grew up in a pretty typical family: mom, dad, a brother, and a sister. We always had a dog and had a couple cats along the way. My mom worked at a high school, and my dad was a construction worker. Seems like a typical American middle class family, right? Well we were, but then at the end of my sophomore year of high school my dad got hurt at work. His machine had jerked and had hurt his back. He was in a lot of pain, and the doctors told him he needed surgery. Everything was fine, he’d have the surgery and the doctors said he’d need a couple days of recovery and then he should be able to walk out of the hospital. Well that’s not quite what happened. After about a week in the hospital, they wheeled him out in a wheelchair and he came home. He was still in a lot of pain, maybe even more than before the surgery.
This began a time in my life where my dad, tough, strong, and involved, became very distant. I had a lot of questions and no one to turn to. I’m the oldest, and I took on the role of doing as much as I could for myself. It was disappointing that he couldn’t come to my activities, but there wasn’t much I could do. People would ask how he was doing often and I would tell them, “Oh, he seems to be getting a little better,” or “He’s had a quite a few bad days recently.” In reality, he wasn’t getting better, and each day seemed just the same as the last. I’d go to school, sports, work, and then come home and nothing was different. He was still sitting there, maybe playing Xbox or sleeping. Distant. No one in my family talked about it much, and we definitely didn’t talk about how we were feeling. Depression. It seemed like a cycle in a bad story, and it was never going to get better. The way that I dealt with this was to try to do everything right and hold it all together, even though I was a wreck inside. Five years later, my dad is still in pain a lot of the time and still can’t be very active or go to many events, but he’s better than he was. He’s more present in our lives, but parents from the recliner.
My advice to anyone dealing with a parent who is chronically sick or injured or a parent who is just not all present: talk to someone, preferably someone older, like a school counselor, a teacher, a family member, or a family friend. Be honest about how you are feeling and how your situation is affecting you, because it does affect you or it will. I am still dealing with the effects of that time in my life five years later. It’s tough and it hurts, but I have to come to terms with the effects it’s had on me. I’m learning to accept that there are things that I might miss out on doing with him and that there has been time lost in this process. Time I can’t get back. I have friends and mentors now that I can talk to about that time in my life and sort out my grief for how things were “supposed to be.”
Posted By iamincontrol | July 31, 2014
What does the word disability mean to you? For me, it means having to use a wheelchair for mobility due to the fact that I have Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy is a medical condition that has various effects on people ranging from slight to severe physical and/or mental conditions. Luckily, it only affects my physical capacities, and I received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State University.
Despite my accomplishments, I have suffered from depression and anxiety for the past 10 years. When I was 16 years old, I had a major back surgery, which caused a significant amount of pain. The surgery, along with the general lack of mobility, deepened my depression and anxiety about the future. Since then I have been learning strategies to cope with these symptoms of mental illness. Coping strategies that have worked for me are:
- Focusing on how I can help others
- Being grateful for my friends and family
- Looking forward to the opportunities in the future
- My spirituality
- Reaching out to others with similar struggles and joining support groups
If you are struggling with depression, here are a couple resources to check out: