Top 5 Reasons To Always Wear Sunscreen

Top 5 Reasons To Always Wear Sunscreen

Sun's out, sunscreen's out, amiright?
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The summer weather is just one of the greatest parts about having no school. Summer means high UV index, tanning weather, and laying out at the beach. This also means sunburn. Sunburn happens to nearly all of us. I like to tell everyone I don't burn (because I rarely do) but as I write this my shoulders are in searing pain from the California sun. Besides this, though, there are many reasons you should wear sunscreen.

1. Wrinkles.

When you're prematurely aged because of wrinkles all over your body, you will regret not having worn sunscreen. Leather skin has never been in style (I can't say much for the future), and probably never will be. No one wants to hug something that resembles cow skin. People will probably be staring at your tan skin but not because it's tan.

2. Facial discoloration.

When you don't wear sunscreen, your face can get develop brown spots. No, these are not freckles. Freckles are cute, these spots are not. Also, you can get blisters on your face which are really not something you want especially if you're a teenager already battling acne problems.

3. Skin cancer.

Since it seems that everything is causing cancer these days, when you don't wear sunscreen, you are putting yourself at higher risk. Why would you voluntarily add the risk of melanoma or other forms of skin cancer?

4. Protection.

Sunscreen is more protective than long sleeves and pants. Cotton, especially when it's damp, offers minimal to no protection from the sun. Apply sunscreen under your clothes as well before you get dressed.

5. Humiliation.

Let's be real if you don't wear sunscreen you might look like a lobster real quick. Your eyes can get puffy, you will be peeling everywhere. People will stare, people will laugh. Instead of having your annoying friends/siblings touching your skin asking, "Does it hurt when I do this?" Just put on sunscreen.

Check out this website if you want to know what type of sunscreen is best for your skin: http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protectio...

Go out there and have a great time in the sun, but remember, don't forget sunscreen.

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I Weigh Over 200 Lbs And You Can Catch Me In A Bikini This Summer

There is no magic number that determines who can wear a bikini and who cannot.
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It is about February every year when I realize that bikini season is approaching. I know a lot of people who feel this way, too. In pursuit of the perfect "summer body," more meals are prepped and more time is spent in the gym. Obviously, making healthier choices is a good thing! But here is a reminder that you do not have to have a flat stomach and abs to rock a bikini.

Since my first semester of college, I've weighed over 200 pounds. Sometimes way more, sometimes only a few pounds more, but I have not seen a weight starting with the number "1" since the beginning of my freshman year of college.

My weight has fluctuated, my health has fluctuated, and unfortunately, my confidence has fluctuated. But no matter what, I haven't allowed myself to give up wearing the things I want to wear to please the eyes of society. And you shouldn't, either.

I weigh over 200lbs in both of these photos. To me, (and probably to you), one photo looks better than the other one. But what remains the same is, regardless, I still chose to wear the bathing suit that made me feel beautiful, and I'm still smiling in both photos. Nobody has the right to tell you what you can and can't wear because of the way you look.

There is no magic number that equates to health. In the second photo (and the cover photo), I still weigh over 200 lbs. But I hit the gym daily, ate all around healthier and noticed differences not only on the scale but in my mood, my heart health, my skin and so many other areas. You are not unhealthy because you weigh over 200 lbs and you are not healthy because you weigh 125. And, you are not confined to certain clothing items because of it, either.

This summer, after gaining quite a bit of weight back during the second semester of my senior year, I look somewhere between those two photos. I am disappointed in myself, but ultimately still love my body and I'm proud of the motivation I have to get to where I want to be while having the confidence to still love myself where I am.

And if you think just because I look a little chubby that I won't be rocking a bikini this summer, you're out of your mind.

If YOU feel confident, and if YOU feel beautiful, don't mind what anybody else says. Rock that bikini and feel amazing doing it.

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4 Things To Do When You're In A Depressive Episode

Even if you don't have any plans besides staying home all day in a depressive puddle, doing these two small things helps put me into a more productive mindset.
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Depressive episodes are debilitating, to say the least. They come when you least expect them and gnaw at your mind, leaving you numb.

As I have mentioned in previous articles, I have the tendency to go through depressive episodes. These episodes generally last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. They usually happen for no particular reason, with no warning.

And there's not really that much to be done in terms of curing it. It's more about just getting through it.

Since we are nearing the end of Mental Health Awareness Month, I thought I'd give my advice on little things you can do when you're in a spot of depression.

Every person's mental health experience is different, so what helps me might not help you. Also, this advice is dealing with short-term depressive episodes, not chronic depression.

Here are four things that help me cope with depressive episodes.

1. Get dressed and make your bed.

Even if you don't have any plans besides staying home all day in a depressive puddle, doing these two small things helps put me into a more productive mindset.

Realizing I've been in my room all day, with blankets, snacks, and my laptop just thrown across the bed and myself still dressed in pajama pants at 5 p.m. usually makes me feel worse. It makes me feel like I'm just wasting away in my room rather than doing something with my life.

Getting dressed and making my bed sets me up for a more productive day.

2. Watch a feel-good movie or TV show.

My go-to's are usually the movie "Mamma Mia" and the TV show "Psych."

Saying laughing can cure depression would be completely ridiculous, but laughing does make it more bearable. Watching something funny and uplifting helps remove you from the despair that you feel like your life's currently in and reminds you it's not all bad.

3. Dive into your work.

Whether it's school or a job (or both), ignoring your responsibilities can make you feel worse in the long run, since it adds more stress on to you in the future. Also, working on something else can serve as a distraction.

Yes, it is harder to focus when depressed, but you need to push through it and force yourself sometimes so that you don't let this disease impact your day-to-day life.

4. Don't think too much about why you're depressed.

Questioning why you feel the way you do is best left in therapy.

Asking yourself things like "What caused this?", "Why did my mood suddenly shift?", and "Was it because of so-and-so?" can lead to really destructive thought spirals.

These thought spirals could lead you to believe that something that definitely didn't cause your depression in fact has.

It's easier to accept that sometimes mental health problems come without any kind of warning.

Don't focus too much on the "why" of it. Getting through it should be your main priority.

Instead, focus on how you will get better eventually. Even if it seems impossible at the moment, you will feel good again.

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