An Open Study Guide For Midterm Mindfulness

An Open Study Guide For Midterm Mindfulness

In the throws of overlapping assignments, essays and exams, unforgiving grade books, and fleeting time, it's easy to feel like you're losing control.


Whether you're taking three or 10 classes, you're stressed about midterms. It's the inevitable fate of the college student, and it eventually comes around once a semester. So far, you've done an amazing job juggling all your classes, and you've learned so much.

When it comes to midterm exams, the most important thing to do is your best. If you're doing your very best, then you are already succeeding. What more could you do? Now, doing your best does not mean losing yourself in the process of focusing on your studies. Don't get me wrong, though, every year at your university of choice is a year that you've earned through all the hard work you do to be there. This obviously means that your GPA matters. However, it's easy to try studying hard and remaining focused but to instead end up isolating yourself in unhealthy ways. It's more than important to take time to reset in order to allow your body and mind to reset, and retain more knowledge. If you're not taking this time, you're not helping yourself succeed.

Midterms are about so much more than grades. They're a checkpoint to better yourself as a student and learn more about how to manage obstacles. Unfortunately, a common misconception from students is that you must work constantly and tirelessly in order to succeed when in reality the opposite is the truth. Midterms are a fantastic way to better yourself as a student, manage time and stress more efficiently, and gain more knowledge in the classes you're taking. This makes focusing on mindfulness during this time even more important.

Make sure you plan time to relax. This is extremely important. This includes eight hours of sleep per night, as well as designated relaxation time between studying throughout your day. Your relaxation time should suit your individual personality best in order to fulfill its purpose of helping your brain regroup from all the knowledge it's retaining. If exercise helps you relax, take a walk or head to the gym. If you prefer to study alone, maybe you'd like to take time to meet a friend for lunch. If you plan time to relax, you're less likely to feel as though your constantly studying, but can't remember any more information you need to know.

Are you a morning person, or does your brain work best at night? Ask yourself this, then try tweaking your study schedule in order to guarantee that you'll be more likely to retain the information you need. Maybe you're more likely to benefit from flash cards in the morning, and at night you're more likely to complete a well-written essay. Keep in mind that your friends' study schedules may not line up with yours, and that's OK. Your friend might work best in the library at night, while you can only focus in the morning, or alone. Everybody learns differently. Take each of these considerations into account while carrying out mindfulness in planning.

Don't forget that your midterm exams and assignments are only temporary demands. Soon the stress of time and pressure to succeed will pass, and you'll feel back to normal. If you staying mindful now, you're already a well-rounded champion of the semester.

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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.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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The Truth About Narcan, Insulin, And Who Pays For What

"Stupid junkies, I have to pay for my Insulin but they get Narcan FOR FREE. Can you believe that?"



Let's talk about it. Naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan or Evzio is a "medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose." According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Naloxone basically reverses the effects of an overdose.

As you see on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and every other social media platform in the world, "junkies" get indirectly bashed, undermined, and in a nutshell, told that they don't deserve a place on earth.

The most common argument used by "non-addicts" is "I have to pay for my Insulin for my diabetes, but they get Narcan for free? Wow, our government sucks and the system is a joke."

For those of you that don't know, diabetes is a disease in which the body's ability to produce or respond to the hormone, insulin, is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine.

There are two types of this disease: Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes that result from a variety of different factors. Diabetes can be acquired through genetics but can also be personally obtained through lifestyle, depending on the type. Aside from genetics and being born into a diabetic family, you may also be diagnosed with diabetes as a result of physical inactivity, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, and being overweight. In other words, if you let your body go, don't work out or do some type of physical activity, let your high blood pressure go untreated, and eat unhealthy foods; you have a chance of developing diabetes.

Next, let's talk about prices.

On average, Insulin costs $200 monthly. This depends on the brand, personal insurance, coupons, and other factors such as organizations that help people get cheaper insulin.

Narcan nasal spray costs $130 for a two-time use. You can buy it at CVS Pharmacy (and other pharmacies) in states such as Ohio, Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Some of these states may require a prescription.

Now that you know that Narcan/Evzio isn't free, it's time to talk about other charges that are brought upon addicts when they overdose. If an ambulance is called, they have to pay for it. If they are sent to the emergency room, they also have to pay for that.

The idea that "junkies" get Narcan for free is something society has made up to make drug users feel even more guilt than they already do from having an addiction alone.

Believe it or not, most of us are addicted to something that can be fatal or cause illness/injury. If you eat processed foods or sugar ridden foods every day, chances are you have an addiction to sugar. The withdrawal that someone has from quitting sugar is similar to the withdrawal that one goes through from quitting heroin. You get a splitting headache, you have cold sweats, you are moody, and it makes you sick. If you drink coffee all day on most days and you try to quit, it results in an awful headache for a few days. The addiction to cigarettes and the withdrawal that people go through for that speaks for itself; we all know a smoker or an ex-smoker.

Instead of following social norms, degrading drug users and putting ourselves on a pedestal because we don't use heroin or another "hard drug," we should advocate for the health and stand up for each other. If you see someone on the street that you know is a drug user, pull them aside and pray with them. Help them find a better life. Recommend church, rehab, or any other ideas that may be at your fingertips to mention.

The moral of the story is this: we all have an addiction, hypocrisy is at it's finest thanks to social media, and we are all human. Walk a mile in someone else's shoes before you judge them. It doesn't cost a dime to shed light on someone's life, especially when they are in need.

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