Why I Stopped Reading The News

Why I Stopped Reading The News

Cutting the news out of your life will most likely help you.

The news is depressing. Politics is a joke and nothing good is happening across the globe, or at least nothing good is showing up in the news. As a student, life consists of studying and late nights. Before, I would make time (usually when I wanted to procrastinate) to check the news and keep myself updated on the news. Now, I will occasionally read the news, but social media usually keeps me updated on the big events. Yes, it's good to keep yourself updated on current events, but when the news is actually effecting your mental state, you should take a break and focus on yourself.

I stopped reading the news because it made me sadder to know that so many innocent people were hurt across the world and sixteen year old me couldn't really do much to help them. I was already so stressed from school and the news would add to that stress, that I decided to cut it out of my life. The world sucks and it's even suckier that you can't do a thing to help people across the world. My mom tells me that it's normal to feel sad about current events because it shows that you still have that humanity in you. But she also says to balance how much you look at the news to stay mentally healthy, and for me, that balance was to stop looking at the news. On top of that, you can't completely trust any news source completely because sometimes, you never know the true story.

You might say that it's "selfish" that I care about my mental health and that I "don't care about humanity" because I don't look at the news. Or maybe that I am "ignorant" and I'm just making excuses because some news sources are completely true. But I won't care because I am taking care of my mental health, and in order for me to make an impact on the world and help others, I need to make myself stronger first.

Instead of reading the news and wallowing in my self-pity about how I couldn't help anyone, I took that time to improve my own lifestyle. I started focusing on what I could do to help myself be a better a person, then on what I could do to help others. I started helping out with service projects and started my orientation for volunteering at the local hospital. I am slowly making changes to my life to make myself better so I can help others. If I was still checking the news daily like I used to, I wouldn't have gotten the motivation to make these changes or try to be a better person.

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Six Travel Tips For Diabetics To Keep Blood Sugar In Check

Don't let diabetes keep you from the things you love .

Being diagnosed with diabetes is usually a life changing incident for anyone. It does come with a whole bunch of restrictions, medication and changes which seem quite overwhelming. If you are someone who loves to travel, the biggest question that arises is what diabetes means for your travel plans! Well, don’t you worry, because with the help of a bit of planning you can travel safely.

Doctor’s note

For your own safety always carry a note from your doctor stating your health condition, medical specifications with dosage, emergency medicine and paraphernalia including emergency foods that can be administered. Make sure you carry it on yourself all the time while travelling so that in case of any emergency, people can read the note to help you out.

Have your insulin handy

Insulin is your best friend and life saver when you are diabetic therefore, it is important that you carry and store your insulin safely. While flying keep all your diabetes medicines and insulin pens or bottles etc. in a separate small bag in your hand luggage. Make sure you keep a note explaining the details on insulin administration in the bag.

Always carry water

Owing to the increased sugar levels in the blood people who have diabetes are more prone to getting dehydrated. Not only can this make you exhausted and sick, it can also raise your blood sugar levels. Elevated blood sugar can be extremely harmful. If not controlled, it can lead to organ damage. Moreover, owing to diabetes, your organs are always a bit vulnerable, so low water consumption can also contribute to kidney diseases.

Carry some snacks

Make sure that you care some snacks, especially some sugar-based ones like candy or even glucose or plain sugar in case your blood sugar level drops during the trip. It is important to keep a tab on what you are eating throughout the trip since it can and will affect your health. If you need to travel somewhere which requires you to be in a place with no food to buy, pack some snacks before the trip so that you can avoid a gap between two meals which can cause your blood sugar to fall otherwise.

Take care of your feet

Any kind of injury take a much longer time to heal for a diabetic person, hence it is always a wise idea to stay safe and avoid injury. During travelling the body part which is usually most likely to be injured is the foot. Therefore, it is important to choose proper footwear for your travels. There is a variety of special footwear for diabetic patients available in the market.

Mention your dietary restrictions

While travelling make sure you mention your health condition and dietary restrictions to the people at the hotels and restaurants you eat at so that your food can be prepared accordingly. If you are travelling with a caregiver or travel companions, make sure they are aware of your restrictions as well.

Diabetes is not the end of the line, so don’t let it stop you from travelling. With proper caution, medication, emergency options like insulin, and good lifestyle management, you can live a happy life and satisfy your wanderlust.

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