First, Do What's Best For You And Your Mental Health

First, Do What's Best For You And Your Mental Health

It's okay to put yourself first sometimes.
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Your mental health is so important and absolutely nothing that you should be ashamed of. It is something that you should learn to love about yourself and make sure you take care of, not only yourself but also your mental health. Mental health has such a negative stigma around it still when really we should be me open about it and the ways that we can help our friends, loved ones and even ourselves deal with it and learn to live with it.

Mental health is such a broad overstatement but does anyone really know how many different types of mental health there are, how many different things people can suffer from that is included under the mental health umbrella? When most people hear that someone is suffering from a mental illness they usually think that most people are talking about depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder, while this can be true and is common there are so many more disorders out there and no matter where under the umbrella you fall, your mental health is just as important as everyone else's.

Learning to love your mental health is an extremely hard thing to do. Trust me, it is something that I struggle with every day of my life but it isn’t impossible and it makes life so much brighter when you start loving your mental health and yourself. So many great things happen in your life when you start loving your mental health. Here a just a few amazing things that happen when you start to love your mental health: getting out of bed is so much easier, showering becomes a normal thing and not something that only happens once a week, interacting with people becomes just a little bit easier. Now, I know not everyone deals with those issues but those a just a few examples. Start loving your mental health and see where it take you because I would love to know.

Your mental health is the most important thing in the world so please take care of it and yourself. Don’t be ashamed of it, do what is best for you. If that means taking a semester off, that’s OK, if that means attending therapy two times a week that’s OK, if that means taking medicine to balance it out that’s OK. All of these things and more are OK and if anyone ever shames you for these things or anything else, don’t listen to them because nine out of ten times it is because they are too scared to get help for their own mental health. Do what is best for YOU, not everyone else, because in the end, you are the most important in your life, always remember that.

No matter what you suffer from, whether it is the most common mental health issue or a mental health issue that is super uncommon and most haven’t heard of, your mental health is still valid and important.

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Everything You Need To Know About BANG Energy Drinks

Say goodbye to your favorite pre-workout drink.
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BANG energy drinks from VPX Sports are the hottest new products for athletes everywhere. On every can, you'll find their catchphrase "Potent Brain & Body Fuel" and it gives you just that. Clean energy, laser-sharp focus, and no sugar induced crashes are just a few of the reasons these bad boys are flying off the shelves faster than retailers can keep them stocked. Haven't heard of them? Sound too good to be true? Let me answer your questions.

What is it? It's an energy drink that's kind of like your typical Red Bull or Monster. It's a perfect substitution for pre-workout supplements or coffee.

Who's it meant for? Anyone! A better question to ask is, "Who isn't this drink meant for?" On the can, you'll find a recommendation for no one under the age of 18 to consume the drink. You also may want to steer clear of it if you're sensitive to stimulants like caffeine.

What's in it? BANG energy drinks contain zero calories, zero carbohydrates, and zero sugar. But what you can find are BCAA's, CoQ10, creatine, and copious amounts of caffeine. These are things athletes often take as supplements.

What are BCAA's? BCAA's are Branched Chain Amino Acids. They are known to stimulate protein synthesis, increase muscle function, decrease your soreness after a workout, and even aid in repairing damaged muscles.

What's CoQ10? Coenzyme Q10 is found in the mitochondria of your cells and sparks energy production. It helps produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. People often take this as a dietary supplement when they feel tired or lethargic.

What's super creatine? Creatine does a great job in enhancing athletic performance by aiding growth of lean body mass (AKA muscle). When you take creatine orally, the amount in your muscles increase and helps regenerate ATP more efficiently. According to the nutrition label, this so-called "super" creatine is bonded to Leucine to make Creatyl-L-Leucine. On SupplementReviews.com, a VPX Sports representative allegedly said the following about the Super Creatine in the drink:

"The creatine in there is actually something very special...it is the world's only water stable creatine. It is Creatine-Leucine peptide. Think of this...if you mix creatine in water, it sinks and if you mix leucine in water, it floats....if you combine the two into a peptide, it creates a water soluble and water-stable form of creatine. It also has a fatty acid chain that makes it easier to cross the blood brain barrier. The focus of the super creatine is not for muscle function, but for cognition...by combining this form of creatine with caffeine, it works synergistically for mental focus."

How much caffeine is in one can? In one can of BANG, you'll be blessed with 300mg of caffeine. This is the equivalent to over three cups of coffee.

Is that even safe? Yeah, it is. In order for the caffeine in the energy drink to be lethal at any capacity, I would have to drink 30.7 cans.

So, what are the downsides? There are two things that come to mind. One is that consumers have no idea how much BCAA's, CoQ10, or creatine is actually in the drink. It could very likely be trace amounts too small to do anything beneficial. Two, BANG energy drinks do not go through the FDA approval process.

Is it really that good? Well, out of 113 reviews of the product on Bodybuilding.com, there's an average 9.6 overall rating. Most reviews comment on the quality of the energy, the cognitive focus, and the non-existent crash once the drink wears off.

What kind of flavors can I get? There are currently eight BANG energy drink flavors on the market: Black Cherry Vanilla, Cotton Candy, Sour Heads, Star Blast, Blue Razz, Champagne Cola, Power Punch, and Lemon Drop.

Where can I buy BANG energy drinks? You can find BANG energy drinks at Amazon, your local GNC or Vitamin Shoppe retailers, Bodybuilding.com, VPX Sports' website, some gas stations, and privately owned retailers.

How expensive are they? This depends on where you make your purchase. The cheapest place to purchase your BANG energy drinks is at Bodybuilding.com for about $2.00 per can. You can find similar prices on Amazon and at your local retailers. The energy drinks are most expensive through the VPX website where you'll pay about $2.75 per can.

How does BANG compare to other energy drinks? I'll give you some data on nutrition facts and you can make your decisions based on that:

16 oz. BANG: 300mg caffeine, 0g carbohydrates, 0g sugar.

16 oz. Monster Energy (regular): 160mg caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

16 oz. Red Bull (regular): 160mg caffeine, 56g carbohydrates, 56g sugar

16 oz. Rockstar (regular): 144g caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

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The Most Positive Place On The Internet

Can you guess what it is?

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With all of the negative things going on in this world it is easy to be consumed by it all. It is terrific to be informed about what is going on in our country and in others, but it can become extremely overwhelming and downright depressing when you consume too much bad news at once. When you are feeling engulfed by these bad stories, it is important to be reminded of the good things happening on our planet as well. Your one-stop shop for happiness on the internet lies in the deep depths of Instagram. You weren't expecting that, right? Well, your happiness isn't lying on just any account on Instagram. The one place that will always bring you happiness on the Internet is dog Instagram accounts.

I have been following dog Instagrams for years now, but I swear there has suddenly been an influx of them. There are Instagrams featuring every dog breed you can imagine. For me personally, I have an English Bulldog, so I follow many English and French Bulldog Instagram accounts. I also follow German Shepherd and Golden Retriever ones as well to spice up my feed.

The reason why these accounts bring me and other dog lovers so much joy is that of the positivity they radiate. As you scroll through the comments of dog Instagrams, you will rarely find a negative remark. Everyone comments about how cute the dog in the picture is or comments on their own personal dog experiences. How can it get any better than that?!

Another nice thing about dog Instagrams is that the captions are usually witty, so not only are the pictures adorable, but they are hysterically funny as well. Some of my favorite dog Instagram accounts at the moment are @3bulldogges, @keepingupwithkeene, and @mr.winstonthefrenchie, just to name a few. I really recommend following Instagrams like these. While being bombarded by photos of people doing amazing things and looking amazing on your feed, it can be extremely refreshing to scroll by a furry friend doing something endearing.

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