6 Challenges To Do Instead Of Eating Tide Pods

6 Challenges To Do Instead Of Eating Tide Pods

Not all challenges should threaten your life.

Unless you live under a rock, you've probably heard of the newest challenge that has everybody talking. The infamous Tide Pod Challenge has once again made a comeback. Their dangers came to light a year or so ago after their initial release due to small children ingesting them. Improvements have been made by the manufacturers of the packaging to help prevent accidental ingestion.

However, with this recent challenge, older children - even adults - are now voluntarily ingesting these laundry detergent pods, and also recording themselves doing so.

Other challenges have come and gone. We have had challenges such as The Mannequin Challenge and Cinnamon Challenge. Most of these challenges rarely prove beneficial and can even cost you your life. So how about we try to partake in challenges that will benefit ourselves, and maybe also benefit others as well?

1. The Working Out and Losing Weight Challenge

By now, most of those who have made New Year's Resolutions to lose weight have fallen off of that bandwagon. They may or may not have made some progress with losing weight and eating healthier. No matter how many bad habits you end up picking back up, please do not add Tide Pods on that side of french fries. Laundry detergent pods are also not recommended to be part of any kind of cleanse.

2. The Paying Off Loans and Credit Cards Quicker Challenge

If there are two things that young adults know all too well, it's debts and loans. Between credit cards and student loans, we know all too well the problem of owing more than we make. We have read online of all of those ways we can climb ourselves out of the deepening hole, and eating Tide Pods was certainly not one of those ways, nor will it ever be.

3. The Binge Watching that New Series Challenge

House of Cards, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Grace and Frankie are just a few of the many things you can watch on Netflix, just in case you needed another series to binge-watch next weekend. While binge-watching may not be the healthiest of habits, at least it cannot potentially kill you like ingesting a Tide Pod could.

4. The Clean Your Room Challenge

A cluttered room is said to be related to having a cluttered mind as well. It is a lot easier to collect things like clothes and toys than to sift through them and get rid of what you don't need, thinking that you want and need everything that you own. How about cleaning your room instead of ingesting a laundry detergent pod?

5. The Going Through Your Email Inbox Challenge

I am notorious for almost never checking my email inboxes. That's right, I said inboxes - plural. I may check the occasional email from my professors or advisor, but aside from that, I am quite terrible when it comes to emails, incoming or outgoing. I would rather actually try to clean out an email inbox instead of even thinking about jumping on board with the Tide Pod Challenge.

6. The Buying Less Unnecessary Items Challenge

I am also notorious for buying more things than I actually need in my life. I am trying to significantly ease up on that spending for the sake of my finances and living space. For instance, when it comes to things like video games, try to buy a game at a time and either trade or sell that game before buying another one. I am not sure whether that plan will actually work for me but I can at least try. This is a better idea than trying the Tide Pod Challenge.

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100 Ways To Practice Self-Care In Your Everyday Life, In 20 Minutes Or Less

Simple ways to start taking care of yourself.


Life is overwhelming and distracting so it's easy to forget about yourself sometimes, but practicing small self-care acts is easy. Making time for yourself every day isn't selfish and is really good for your mental health. I think it's important for everyone to spend time doing things that make them happy and more calm, even if you only dedicate 20 minutes each day. Putting yourself first can lead to growth so many other aspects of your life.

Obviously, each person is allowed to practice self-care in their own unique way, but here are some ideas to get you started!

1. Do something new. 

2. Make a list of things you need to get done that week. 

3. Drink some hot tea. 

4. Go for a walk on a scenic trail.

5. Paint your nails.

6. Have a good laugh.

7. Buy yourself flowers.

8. Light a candle.

9. Do some tidying up.

10. Don't feel bad for saying 'no.'

11. Listen to music.

12. Slow down.

13. Drink a smoothie.

14. Run mindless errands.

15. Write down your goals for the week.

16. Talk to someone about the future.

17. Wake up early and get coffee. 

18. Take care of a plant. 

19. Take a bubble bath. 

20. Give yourself a compliment.

21. Give a stranger a compliment.

22. Watch a movie.

23. Put your phone down.

24. Declutter your personal space.

25. Go to bed early. 

26. Pray or meditate. 

27. Go for a drive. 

28. Make it a habit to stargaze. 

29. Read a book. 

30. Read poems. 

31. Sing loudly. 

32. Make a list of things you're grateful for. 

33. Drink a lot of water. 

34. Put on make-up for no reason.

35. Watch funny videos. 

36. Take a deep breath. 

37. Distance yourself from negativity. 

38. Unfollow people you don't care to follow on social media. 

39. Have a pajama day. 

40. Read an inspirational book. 

41. Call your parents/ loved ones. 

42. Donate old clothing. 

43. Dedicate a day out of the week to not eating meat. 

44. Do a fun craft or DIY project. 

45. Put on a face mask and relax. 

46. Do a small workout. 

47. Take a power nap. 

48. Listen to a podcast. 

49. Open a window. 

50. Open your curtains in the morning to let in natural light. 

51. Make your bed. 

52. Cook dinner instead of eating out. 

53. Play/ cuddle with an animal. 

54. At the end of the day, think of all the positive things that happened.

55. Moisturize. 

56. Buy a comforting blanket. 

57. Give someone a hug. 

58. Create a vision board. 

59. Have some alone time.

60. Enjoy the sun on your skin. 

61. Dance like nobody is watching.

62. Walk in the rain every once in a while. 

63. Drive with the windows down. 

64. Give someone a gift for no reason. 

65. Get a massage. 

66. Do something that gets your adrenaline running. 

67. Spend the day at the library or a book store. 

68. Organize your work space/ binders. 

69. Spend a weekend in. 

70. Recognize hard work and reward yourself. 

71. Sign up for a work out class. 

72. Eat lunch with a friend. 

73. Spend the day helping others. 

74. Get your hair done. 

75. Have a good cry. 

76. Use sticky notes. 

77. Color code your planner. 

78. Print out pictures and hang them up. 

79. Hang motivational quotes on your mirror and read them when you get ready. 

80. Do random acts of kindness. 

81. Buy fuzzy socks. 

82. Redecorate or rearrange furniture. 

83. Be present. 

84. Set a new years resolution. 

85. Make a bucket list. 

86. Stretch in the morning. 

87. Watch an interesting documentary. 

88. Make a music playlist.

89. Watch the sunrise or sunset. 

90. Explore somewhere new.

91. Be slow to respond to negativity. 

92. Have a game night with friends. 

93. Buy concert tickets. 

94. Have a nightly routine before bed. 

95. Eat your favorite dessert. 

96. Do something you've been putting off. 

97. Invest in essential oils. 

98. Manage your finances. 

99. Buy a new outfit. 

100. Make your own gratitude list. 

Try at least one of these every week and see how you feel! I guarantee you will notice a difference in the way you are living your life.

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Being Sick In College Is The Absolute Worst

College is hard both in health and in sickness...but especially in sickness.


As a first semester freshman, the transition into college was hard, but there was one thing I was not prepared for at all: dealing with college when you're sick. Especially now, it's finals week, everyone is stressed out, tired, and very prone to illness. Despite my hardest efforts to stay healthy (drinking lots of water, taking vitamin C supplements, washing my hands, etc.) I still managed to catch what everyone's been throwing around, and it is the worst.

Not only do I feel incapable of going to class, since my whole body aches, I just feel like sleeping all day, which means none of the work I need to get done is getting done. This would've been difficult during any other week, but it being finals week, I have more papers and quizzes and tests to complete than ever. I'm sure many college students can relate when I say: I just wanna go hooooommmmeee!!!

On the bright side, I also have amazing friends who are helping me out. In college, since everybody's going through the same struggle, I find that there's a greater sense of family here. A friend from my English class sent me some more Emergen-C, and one of my BFFs did a CVS run for me. So although I miss my mom's homemade soup and warm hugs, I can take comfort in knowing that there are people here who care about me and want to help me get better.

So to all my fellow sickies, a few words of reassurance: We only have about a week left to go, we can totally do this!! A few exams and papers got nothin' on us, we're tough and smart and capable!! If you need to take a sick day, please do. Nothing is more important than your health and well being, not even grades. Take some medicine, sleep it off, and get stronger tomorrow! Make sure to drink lots of water, and try to eat something, even if it is just dining hall grilled cheese (Linkins Dining Center, I'm lookin' at you!) Persevere for a few more days, and we'll all be back home, chilling on the couch, and getting yelled at by our parents to do our laundry in no time.

Sending you all love and positive vibes for this finals season!

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