How To Ruin Your Body 101

How To Ruin Your Body 101

Let's talk about s...moking

Millenials are highly criticized in everything we do but there is one thing we do right that cannot be judged—we hate smoking.

Cigarettes produce a feeling of disgust amongst many teenagers in this generation, unlike the "cool" connotation of it that was very popular a couple decades back.

Students now degrade smoking and that "smoker's corner" at your school has likely grown less and less populated over the years. It's just not cool to smoke anymore.

When asked about the view of smoking, a teenager would answer that it's too addictive and messes up your lungs.

This, of course, is true. Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths in America every year, adding up to nearly one in five deaths. However, is that enough to bring teenagers away from smoking altogether?

Of course it isn't. High school and college students still smoke all the time. The real question is what they smoke.

Vaping is a newer trend in the behaviors of millennials, a much safer alternative to smoking tobacco. Many health issues from actual smoking is solved with this method, though not all.

One of the worst problems with smoking is how addictive it is, and this problem resurfaces in vaping.

The use of nicotine in vapes is popular and many teenagers get addicted to vaping because of the nicotine dosage they inhale.

Students are generally unaware that vaping is not a 100% certified safe alternative to smoking. There are still many health problems.

Your lungs are supposed to inhale clean air and vaping causes your lungs to fill up with chemicals that it wouldn't be introduced to otherwise. Teenagers assume that vaping has no physical harms and do it anyway, mistakenly judging it.

If you do not already vape, then don't start. People easily get addicted to it every day. Of course, they will deny the addiction to your face every day but you can see them on your Snapchat story vaping it up every Saturday night.

We should probably acknowledge that many teenagers disregard health concerns so that is not enough to stop them. If they did care, they would not drink alcohol, which we all know they do.

Alcohol causes about 88,000 deaths in America annually, the third leading cause of death. That would never be a good enough reason to stop drinking every weekend to teenagers. They have to feel accomplished and "rebel."

So millenials can keep running around the neighborhood and doing sports to keep their bodies in shape on the outside, but it doesn't matter because the inside is falling apart.

High school and college kids are much more interested in aesthetics than what actually matters so that isn't surprising.

And smoking weed? That's a whole other topic.

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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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How To Avoid Getting Sick Your  Freshman Year

It's going to take a little more than an apple a day.


College is the prime time and place to catch a cold... or worse. Although, somehow I managed to crack the code to health and not get sick my whole first year of college. This is surprising considering I was living in the close (and very unsanitary) quarters of a dorm room.

1. Keep your diet somewhat healthy

I know how hard it is to eat healthy in college, especially on a low budget. But with the dining hall foods, you can at least include some vegetables and fruits into your everyday consumption. The vitamins in these foods will help keep your immune system up and it will be worth the effort.

2. Try to exercise a few times per week

Even if you're just getting out of the dorm for a thirty minute walk, it will benefit your body. If you decide to up your routine from that, even better! The more endorphins, the more you will feel better inside and out.

3. Cut back on the drinking if you feel a cold coming on

Surprisingly, many college students don't seem to know that alcohol lowers your immune system. Of course, for some people theres no way of avoiding drinking. But if you can at least give your body rest days, it will be extremely beneficial.

4. Invest in a dehumidifier for your dorm room

I believe this was a very big player in helping me not get sick. The dehumidifier helps reduce dust and other particles in the air. This will help not agitate your allergies and you will feel more clear headed.

5. Try not to share personal products

Sharing things like towels, makeup, unwashed cups, etc. can all be causes of a sickness being passed around you and your friends. Of course sharing is caring, just make sure it's sanitary.

6. Be conscientious of who you kiss!

Make sure that your girlfriend, boyfriend, or "its complicated" person is not sick before you're getting cozy with them.

7. Drink lots of green tea!

Personally, I credit green tea and its anti-oxidants for keeping the flu away and even getting rid of bugs that might be forming in your system. So if you feel like you might be developing a cold, chug that tea!

I know how annoying these tips may be. But I promise, if you implement at least a few it could reduce your chances of feeling horrible during midterms in the winter, and sneezing all over your finals in the fall.

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