A Coffee A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

A Coffee A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

Why coffee does so much more for you than an apple ever could.

You know the drill: you eat an apple every day and legend has it that you never have to go to the doctor ever again. While I’m a big fan of apples and all of their super fruit-like qualities, including a natural energy-boost that comes along with eating one, I still think the “superpower” reputation should be held by coffee.

On behalf of all college students, I’d like to thank coffee for keeping us awake and for keeping us away from psychiatrists. There are numerous numbers of times when drinking a 16-ounce cup of liquid courage has saved me from absolutely losing my mind. This includes mornings following typical all-nighters, studying, to those days where you just don’t seem to have pep in your step… coffee gives that to you. Besides that, coffee brings people together! How many times have you seen people go to an apple shop and share delightful banter over apples? I hope not too often…or ever…

Even after hearing people give their best argument attempting to convince me that coffee is bad, still, to me, the good will always outweigh the bad. Any college student in a hard major will tell you that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to do the things that need to be done. For this reason, some time is borrowed from sleep. The only problem with borrowing time from sleep is without coffee, your body will go to sleep on its own. If I had a dollar for every time that coffee has kept me awake at night so I can get done what needs to be done, and for every time that coffee has perked me up in the morning after said “late night,” then I’d have enough money to drop out of college and live comfortably on my own.

Here’s the way I look at it: I can either get a lot of sleep every night and do poorly in school or sleep less and do better in my classes. Of course though, I know that caffeine is a drug; I’m sure I’m not the only one that gets a headache in the afternoon without having my morning coffee. One time, I decided to see if I even could stop drinking it if I wanted to, and while that lasted for a mere 11 days (longer than I thought, to be honest), I realized that I didn’t want to do that! I take coffee as it is—the goods, the bads, the uglies. I love having my daily coffee(s) and I love knowing that if I have a late night ahead of me, I won’t stress out as much because I know coffee will keep me up, and it will keep me focused.

So yes, if you’re concerned about the drug-like nature of caffeine, my advice would be to not start drinking coffee in the first place. But if you’re a college kid with a tough major, it will be your saving grace. Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked for life… but I wouldn’t have it any other way. *sheds silent tear as I take a sip of coffee*

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won’t see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won’t laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won’t go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They’ll miss you. They’ll cry.

You won’t fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won’t get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won’t be there to wipe away your mother’s tears when she finds out that you’re gone.

You won’t be able to hug the ones that love you while they’re waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won’t be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won’t find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won’t celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won’t turn another year older.

You will never see the places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You’ll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it’s not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don’t let today be the end.

You don’t have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It’s not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I’m sure you’re no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won’t do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you’ll be fine.” Because when they aren’t, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

For help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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The Benefits​ Of Argon Oil Prove That Essential Oils Truly Are A Miracle Cure

Get great skin, great hair, and great nails.


Essential oils work wonders in beauty. They can be used as moisturizers, help your hair grow, or even thicken your lashes.

Throughout my life, I've had everyone talk about how amazing coconut oil is as a moisturizer and for hair care. But everyone has different skin types and what works for one person may not for others. I've religiously used coconut oil to condition and care for my hair but whenever I put it on my face, it clogs my pores and makes me break out. My extremely dry skin made me go on a hunt to find an oil that would really help me keep my skin hydrated and supple.

An amazing oil is argon oil. It is high in fatty acids and vitamin E which help your skin to hold moisturize for a longer time. I use it right after my shower and put on a thin moisturizer followed by argon oil. The effects of store-bought moisturizer are good but quick to fade so the oil on top really helps lock that moisture in. And doing these steps right after a shower is really great because the hot water opens up your pores so that your skin can really soak in the benefits of the products you put on it.

Argon oil is great for the skin also because it doesn't clog your pores as coconut oil does. It helps prevent wrinkles and keeps your skin healthy without feeling sticky or greasy.

You can also mix some argon oil in with coconut oil and use this mixture to massage your scalp to help circulate blood and promote hair growth. Applying it through the length of your hair works as a great conditioner for soft and silky hair. I prefer to warm this mixture to melt the coconut oil and separate my hair into small sections, massaging the oil mixture into each section. I also like to soak the ends of my hair in the little oil that remains after you apply the oil through your scalp. It helps to soften the rough and damaged ends.

I get hangnails a lot because my skin is just really dry all the time. I massage in a drop of argon oil onto each cuticle to help keep them moisturized and healthy.

Argon oil also works as a great highlighter base, as well. Because it doesn't clog the skin and still adds glow, I like to rub in some argon oil to the tops of my cheeks and the bridge and tip of my nose and chin before going over it with a powder highlighter. This really works to amplify the glow of the highlighter.

And if you want to keep it really natural, just pop on some concealer and rub just the oil into the highest parts of your face. You will truly look like you are glowing from within!

Taking good care of your skin and hair early on will help you retain your beauty for a longer period of time. It is also soothing and therapeutic to take care of yourselves because we often neglect ourselves in our busy day to day lives.


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