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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5 Things I Really Wish I Knew ~Before~ Losing My Virginity

Advice to our younger selves.

Everyone has a first time. We're all at different stages of our lives when it happens, which impacts how we approach the situation and how we feel about it immediately after and in reflections. Some people idealize their first time, some people regret it, some people feel nothing about it. I agonized over my virginity.

I wanted nothing more than to throw it at the first willing participant. I felt that it made me someone inferior to my friends who had already had sex, like somehow I was missing out on some great secret of life or somehow I was less mature than them. I spent a lot of time wishing it would just happen, and then one day, it did when I wasn't expecting it. I don't regret my first time, but because I had wished for it to happen for so long, I had built up this image in my head of how it would be that was completely unrealistic.

So, this is for those girls like me whose imaginations get the best of them. Here are some tips to ease your worries and prepare you for what it's really going to be like.

1. It's going to be awkward.

Not just the first time, every time. No matter how much porn or how many blogs or erotic fiction you read, you will not have any idea what you're doing. The other person probably won't, either. There are too many variables, and you're both so concerned with doing it well, you'll be focused on too many things to properly control your limbs.

2. Don't think about your body.

The angles that are required for things to work leave both participants in awkward positions with limbs in strange places. Don't look at your body; don't even think about where your limbs are. Just keep your eyes and mind on the other person and what they're doing and how you're feeling. If you're feeling bad, let them know, so you can change it. If you're feeling good, enjoy it.

3. Don't do it drunk.

Not even a little tipsy, at least not for the first few times. Alcohol throws in another variable and another reason your limbs are flailing listlessly on top of other unforeseen complications. Just wait until you've had a little practice to introduce alcohol into the mix. You want to actually remember your first time and understand what's going on.

4. You're not going to feel any different after.

I expected to feel a weight being lifted or some newfound maturity, but I really didn't feel any different at all. That's because I really was just the same girl as before. Finally having lost this imaginary flower didn't make me physically any different at all.

5. You're going to feel something.

There wasn't some profound emotional release afterward, either, but I did feel a little different. Again, not in the sense that something had actually change, but I felt different because I had placed so much importance on this, on having sex, and now it had happened. I wanted there to be some big release or celebratory moment, but really, I just felt the same. I didn't even feel a little more mature or experienced. I was positive that if I ever did it again, I would still have absolutely no idea what to do (which was true).

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Overthinking is A battle in itself, But Together We Can Beat It

It is time to put those sleepless nights of worry to bed once and for all.


Overthinking is so much more than simple anxiety-filled worry. It is the worry that creeps up on you just when you think you are finally doing good.

It is worry about things or events that may never occur, and at the same time dwelling over events that have already past. It is regret and worry over if you did the right thing. Overthinking is fear of the future and fear of the haunting past.

It is every fear that you have ever had. Fear of failure in school, a job, a friendship, or a relationship. Over-thinkers are perfectionist. We strive for success and set unrealistic expectations for ourselves. When we do that, we are automatically setting ourselves up for failure without even realizing it.

It is being physically and emotionally exhausted from a brain that never shuts off.

Overthinking is replaying every encounter or conversation in your head over and over in attempts to ensure that you said the right thing or to find hidden answers. It is going back and forth in deciding whether to send a risky text message or not because your mind is playing tricks on you. It is the constant need for reassurance and answers to keep your mind at bay.

Overthinking is the dark cloud in your head that makes making decisions impossible. It is the voice of criticism that doubts everyone's intentions, including yourself.

It is waiting for something to go wrong; it is waiting for something to go right. It is waiting for someone to change their feelings about you. It is always waiting; never living in the moment and never being mindful.

This has got to change.

Do not allow these dark thoughts to cross your mind. When you are having a good day and suddenly these thoughts tap on your shoulder, tell yourself that you are stronger than your mind alone. You will not allow the power of overthinking to control your life.

There have been so many times where my thoughts wont allow me to live my life, to focus on the important things right in front of my eyes, or even get out of bed for that matter.

This is not okay.

The more you continue to overthink about things out of your control, the more you are feeding the fire in your mind.

Overthinking is something that I have struggled with my whole life. Always striving for perfection. Always striving to make things better. Always looking into the future with worry. When I am doing that, I don't realize that I am actually making matters much, much worse. I am not living my best life. I am not enjoying what is right in front of me.

Before you know it, it will be too late. All those times of worry and overthinking will suck up every important moment of your life.

It is time to start living now.

Stop worrying about what will happen tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year. You will someday look back and realize that those small moments were actually big moments.

I often look back at times that I took for granted, whether it be in a relationship, with family, or with friends, and I wish I hadn't been so busy worrying and overthinking to the point that I was not able to enjoy that time.

As I have gotten older, I have realized that these small, important moments will not last forever, and the important people that surround you will not be around forever. We must learn to appreciate our lives right in front of us. It may not be what we want at the time, but it is so important to soak up every last bit of it because you never know when it could end.

For those of you that struggle with this, please know that I am with you. I hear you and we will learn to be happy with life as it is, not as we wish it to be.

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