Sleep, Eat and be Stress-Free

And we are back to the grind Warhawks. Break is over and its time to get back to reality. School is back in session and its time to get back into our regular routine but with a few modifications to start your semester off strong. Below are a few tips to help with getting back into the swing of things, starting the semester strong and keeping a positive atmosphere for your mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

  1. Train your brain. Think of your brain as just another muscle in your body. The more you exercise your brain, the stronger and healthier you will feel. 
  2. Know what resources are available on campus. Campus recourses are here to support and help you to. For example, if you are looking for after or during college jobs, Career and Leadership Development is here to help. Or if you need help relaxing, the UHCS has a relaxation room to help students practice relaxation skills to help their overall wellbeing. 
  3. Try and balance school, work and social life. Make time for yourself, your work and your schooling. After syllabus week, look over the syllabus schedule to see how much time and dedication each class you are taking needs, schedule your work with what works best for how much time you want to work and how much time you can work (Find a happy medium) and make sure you schedule time for yourself or for time with your friends. 
  4. Get enough sleep. Sleep is very important and you want to make sure that you are getting enough sleep before the semester even starts so you are able to wake up and start each day fresh.
  5. Eat right and healthy to maintain a positive mindset. By eating healthy you will feel better about yourself and have a more positive attitude. 

Each of these tips can help students like you and me feel better about the semester ahead of us. We will be able to have a positive outlook on what’s coming for us ahead. We can live a stress-free semester by remembering and embracing these useful tips. Work hard this coming semester Warhawks and remember that with a positive atmosphere and by taking care of yourself, anything is possible!

Emma O’Connor

Start Strong, Finish Stronger

You Define YOU!

Man the semester flew by and just like that winter break is almost over. Most of us will be returning to Whitewater getting back into the full time student mode with hopes of passing all of our classes. For most students, they strive to receive good grades like A’s and B’s whether it be because they want to have a high GPA or need to prove it to ourselves or someone else that we are more than capable and put hard work into what we do. I myself this past semester had a hard time of not letting my grades define who I am. 

If you are a student like me, you strive to get A’s and B’s because you put a lot of work into your classes, miss out on events and have a hard time focusing on anything else. Because I have been a student for so long, I feel as though my grades need to define me and who I am, when really a grade doesn’t determine who you are. I have come to terms with the fact that I might not always have the highest grade or be the best in class, and I am and have to be okay with it because grades aren’t everything. Below are reasons why for your next semester to let grades not define you entirely. 

  1. Your grades don’t reflect all of your abilities. Some things can’t be tested.
  2. A grade just shows that you learned how to study for a test. It is what you comprehend and apply in your life that matters. 
  3. There are different types of intelligence, you spotlight what makes you standout and unique. 
  4. What brings you happiness and what your passion is matters more. If you don’t have a passion for it, you aren’t going to care as much. Whatever makes you happy brings more opportunities. 
  5. You can shape your intelligence over time. You will learn new things everyday. What you learn and are tested on doesn’t define you for life. 
  6. You define what you are capable of. No one else knows what you can do except yourself. Remember you are capable to do great things and by doing that, it will take time and it is okay to fail. 

It is healthy for you to remember that your grades and retaining of information font define you. You will have more happiness and less stress in your life if you choose to do what makes you happy, focus on the important things, and remember your grades in school don’t define who you are. You define who you are, what makes you unique and you will be successful and less stressed because you aren’t focusing on a letter. Your grades do matter, but what you learned matters more in any aspect. 

Emma O’Connor

Start Strong, Finish Stronger

No Nicotine November

            Looking for some motivation and reasons to help you quit smoking or vaping? This blog contains a variety of reasons why individuals like yourself should put the cigarettes out and throw the JUUL in the junk! Many individuals use vaping products such JUUL, dab-pen, pods, E-cigarettes and more because they believe it is safer and healthier than actual cigarettes. However, those products contain both nicotine or THC with chemicals which can do the exact same amount of harm or far worse to your body and lungs. Every November is national Lung cancer awareness month and this November, I am encouraging and helping students and individuals who need that little push to get all the nicotine products out of their life for good. Below, you will find some interesting facts from John Hopkins Medicine article about the ugly truth regarding vaping and smoking.

  1. Vaping is still bad for your health- its primary agent is nicotine that is used in both regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes. It is very addictive and can cause a huge withdrawal.
  2. Vaping has unknown chemicals in it- E-cigarettes heat the nicotine and the flavoring to create the vapor you inhale. Regular tobacco cigarettes have around 7,000 chemicals, which many of are highly toxic, so who knows how many are in e-cigarettes.
  3.  Electronic Cigarettes Are Just as Addictive as Traditional Ones. Both the e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes contain nicotine, which researchers are gathering and suggest that it  may be as addictive as heroin and cocaine usage. Many e-cigarette users get even more nicotine than they would from a tobacco product because you can buy extra-strength cartridges that have a higher concentration of nicotine. In addition, users can increase the e-cigarette’s voltage to get a greater hit of the substance cause them to have a higher intake of nicotine.
  4. Smoking leads to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. If you are looking to quit cigarettes, don’t use any vaping products to stop the usage. It will only make things harder, more addictive and cause more health problems.
  5. A New Generation Is Getting Hooked on Nicotine at such a young age. Among youth, e-cigarettes are more popular than any traditional tobacco product. E-cigarette use among high school students had increased by 900%, and 40% of young e-cigarette users had never smoked regular tobacco. There are three possible reasons why e-cigarettes may be particularly enticing to young people. The first, many teens believe that vaping is less harmful than smoking. Second, e-cigarettes have a lower per-use cost than traditional cigarettes. And third, vape cartridges are often formulated with flavorings that appeal to younger users.

Everyone has some sort of addiction, this one just happens to be more serious. Vaping and smoking can cause serious health problems because the users don’t know exactly what they are putting into their body. It may look fun and cool to vape especially if you are around people who do it. This November, I encourage and challenge all of you to take a stance and reduce your smoking intake to help make an impactful decision of never lighting up or “takin a hit” again! Your lungs and health will thank you one day!

Emma O’Connor

Start Strong, Finish Stronger