PCD: Post Camp Depression

PCD: Post Camp Depression

I swear it's an actual thing.
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That dreaded time of tears, lost sleep, and tender burnt skin. You wish you could bring back time, maybe not change things of the past but have the opportunity to simply relive it. Thus, your thoughts are concentrated on one thing. What is the diagnosis to these feelings of misery and pure boredom? You guessed it: Post camp depression.

Your friends and family don't understand why you're not ecstatic to not be surrounded by bugs 24/7, how you're taking air conditioning for granted, and how you wish you could taste that lovely, undercooked camp food one more time. Their biggest question is how you can miss people that you only see for a limited time each year. They have no understanding of your condition. That's what I'm here for. To help us get through this together. Here's how to deal with PCD.

You know that feeling when you're thrilled to tell everyone all of your hilarious camp stories but when you get back no one finds it as entertaining as you? When you barely can get through the whole story without crying so much from laughter, it's disappointing when you can't even get a chuckle from your friends and family. When this happens, try to remember that they "just had to be there" so they can't find your memories as sweet as you do. And that's okay. They mean more to you for a reason.

Thinking of your memories with your camp friends, friends that could never be replaced, you can't help to miss their constant energy. However, this symptom is easily fixed, medicated with FaceTimes, daily text messages, or even a road trip to visit.

But you don't just miss camp. You had a completely different lifestyle then and that is what you miss the most. Without your cell phone, you didn't have to worry about work or even social media. Not having your phone made falling asleep at night a whole lot easier. You miss your planned out schedule and you have no idea what to do with all this extra time. No matter how busy, tired, or stressed out you were, camp brought you peace of mind. At the end of the day, you were content with your hard work.

My best advice for you is to embrace all of those special moments you made at camp. Don't be afraid to cry flipping through camp pictures (I have way more than once). The one piece tan lines may fade, but the fond memories made at your favorite place on earth will always have a special place in your heart.

So how do you move on? All you have left to do is look forward to next year of course! Until then, it's perfectly acceptable to start brainstorming cabin ideas for next year, buy that costume that catches your eye, and start a countdown. I only have 347 days left.

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An Open Letter To The Girl Trying To Get Healthy Again

"I see you eating whatever you want and not exercising" - Pants
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Dear girl trying to get back in shape,

I know it's hard. I know the hardest thing you may do all day is walk into the gym. I know how easy it is to want to give up and go eat Chicken McNuggets, but don't do it. I know it feels like you work so hard and get no where. I know how frustrating it is to see that person across the table from you eat a Big Mac every day while you eat your carrots and still be half of your size. I know that awful feeling where you don't want to go to the gym because you know how out of shape you are. Trust me, I know.

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The important thing is you are doing something about it. I'm sure you get mad at yourself for letting your body get this out of shape, but life happens. You have made a huge accomplishment by not having a soda in over a month, and those small changes are huge. I understand how hard it is, I understand how frustrating it is to not see results and I understand why you want to give up. Being healthy and fit takes so much time. As much as I wish you could wake up the day after a good workout with the 6 pack of your dreams, that just isn't the reality. If being healthy was easy, everyone would do it, and it wouldn't feel so good when you got there.

Remember how last January your resolution was to get back in the gym and get healthy again? Think about how incredible you would look right now if you would have stuck with it. The great thing is that you can start any time, and you can prove yourself wrong.

Tired of starting over? Then don't give up.

You are only as strong as your mind. You will get there one day. Just be patient and keep working.

Nothing worth having comes easy. If you want abs more than anything, and one day you woke up with them, it wouldn't be nearly as satisfying as watching your body get stronger.

Mental toughness is half the battle. If you think you are strong, and believe you are strong, you will be strong. Soon, when you look back on the struggle and these hard days, you will be so thankful you didn't give up.

Don't forget that weight is just a number. What is really important is how you feel, and that you like how you look. But girl, shout out to you for working on loving your body, because that shit is hard.

To the girl trying to get healthy again, I am so proud of you. It won't be easy, it will take time. But keep working out, eating right, and just be patient. You will be amazed with what your body is capable of doing.

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How To Survive Your First Flu At ISU

Being away from your parents can be tough when you get sick, but here's a short how-to guide of what to do when you catch the flu.

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Going away to college can be tough, especially if you're used to being at home and having someone to take care of you when you get sick. Now I don't know about the rest of you but when I get sick I turn into a needy childish mess of a person who wants her mom to make her soup and bring her juice and medicine. But, being about a two-hour drive away from home I can no longer rely on my mom to take care of me. So, you would assume that my first option is to just lay in bed and sleep all day until I don't feel sick anymore. Unfortunately, I have tried that, and I can assure you that it's not a valid way to get better anytime soon. So, in this article, I am going to explain how you can get healthy quicker and skip fewer classes.

Step one to any sickness is staying hydrated, you should drink a lot of water, tea, and juice. The water helps flush toxins out of your body, the tea helps soothe your sore throat, and the juice provides vitamins and antioxidants. You will need all of these things in order to feel better as soon as possible.

Step two is to stay in bed and sleep, getting rest can help your body heal a lot quicker than you think. It's not a good thing to skip classes but if you can skip a class and use that time to rest and heal you won't have to skip as many classes in the future because of a sickness that lasts for multiple days or even weeks.

Step three is to remember to eat, when you feel achy and sore from being sick and laying in bed you will not want to go get food but it's important to remember to eat when you're sick especially things like hot soup and crackers. Even if you feel absolutely terrible you have to remember to eat, which might mean asking your roommate to bring you a to-go box and offering to repay the favor at a later time.

Step four is to take a nice hot shower, the steam from the hot water can help open up your sinuses which will relieve your runny or stuffy nose as well as relieving your sore throat.

Step five is remembering to email your professors and let them know that you are sick, this will help you to keep up in your classes and prevent your grades from dropping due to absence. Another helpful tip is to text a friend from your class to get a copy of the notes from class.

Hopefully, this short article will help you to handle your first serious sickness away from home, and if you're still feeling sick after trying all of these things make sure you schedule an appointment at the student health center located in the student health services building across the street from the Bone Student center.

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