The Winter Sun Is Still Just As Damaging And Harmful

The Winter Sun Is Still Just As Damaging And Harmful

The sun is still the same year round and so should your routine for protecting your skin from it.


Whenever the sun decides to shine on a winter day, everyone acts like summer came early. I'm not sure about other colleges, but on my university's campus, people are out sunbathing, hiking, slacklining, going on picnics, and it's not even above 50 degrees. Even though it's still considered winter time, the sun is still present and just as dangerous.

It may not look or feel like it, the sun still shines through on those grey, cloudy winter days and it can still cause harm to your skin if you're not protecting it. Clouds don't act as a shield from the sun, so wearing sunscreen during the winter is just as important as it is during the summer. Now, you don't have to break out your Costco-size bottle of SPF 100 yet. Wearing something even with SPF 15 can make a big difference for your skin. There are moisturizers out there that come with SPF in its formula too. Also, not only is protecting your skin important but your eyes as well. I know that wearing your Ray-Bans and winter coat isn't exactly the most fashion forward thing, but it's still the same sun that burns your eyes no matter the season.

Now I'm not sure if this is common knowledge, but you can still get severe sunburns during the winter. With sunburns comes increased risk for skin cancer, which is not taken as seriously as it should be. While melanoma does have a high survival rate, the risk of the cancer cells metastasizing, or spreading to other cells is deadly. While writing this article, I looked to see the rates of melanoma diagnosis' globally and saw that the countries with the highest rates weren't tropical countries, but those who get "cold" season such as the U.S., Canada, and parts of Northern Europe. Within our own country, the states with the highest melanoma diagnoses are towards the north!

My point isn't to try to scare people (unless you do have a weird looking mole, then maybe you should go to your doctor), but to spread awareness about how protecting your skin isn't just something that you just do during the summer. It doesn't mean that every time you do go outside you immediately increase your risk for skin cancer, but you can damage your skin. Increasing your chances of skin cancer comes from constant and high exposure to the sun. The rates of melanoma don't have to be as high as they are right now. All it takes is putting on something with SPF year-round and covering up the places on your body that you aren't planning to expose to the sun.

So, the next time you plan on going out, make sure you're protected!

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.

Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

From an outside perspective, suicidal thoughts are rarely looked into deeper than the surface level. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is that people live in between those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead.

You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

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

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