Picture this: you just got home from class and only have a few minutes until you need to leave for a club meeting. You drop your backpack and open the fridge because you’re starving for lunch. Various uncooked vegetables and random ingredients stare back at you, but cooking is the last thing you want to do. Pressed for time, you end up grabbing a bag of barbeque chips and a granola bar. With no more time to spare, you leave the house practically empty-handed, the nutritionless snack doing you no favors. Within an hour of eating, you will have a “sugar crash,” feel fatigued and, yup, still starving
Recently, the discussion of mental health has been on the forefront of the media. Whether it be Tik Tok trends highlighting self care practices, podcasts with experts explaining brain chemicals or media stories with celebrities discussing their own mental health, we are starting to see huge strides in the de-stigmatization of mental illness. Finally, the importance of treating your mental health as you would your physical health is being accepted and appreciated. Not only is it becoming less taboo to talk openly about mental health, therapy, etc. but it is also an issue that everyone is seemingly on board with.
We’re all used to Simone Biles capturing our attention with her phenomenal athleticism and consistent record breaking in gymnastics– but this year she made headlines for an entirely different reason — choosing mental health over the USA Olympic team. The most decorated gymnast of all time decided to withdraw from the finals of the Olympic games to prioritize her mental wellbeing. While her decision was heavily criticized, it serves as an important reminder that no individual is exempt from navigating the balance between prioritizing mental health and professional success. “We also have to focus on ourselves, because at the end of the day, we’re human, too,” Biles said regarding her decision. “We have to protect our mind and our body, rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do.”
When it comes to play, kids are the experts- and it’s time we learn from them. Over the summer, I worked at a day camp where I traveled from activity to activity with campers, often participating in the activities myself. Sports, water play, and recess all involved a notable amount of exercise, but any physical effort involved was overshadowed by the fun of it all.
Trendy golden-milk lattes, bright blue smoothies, matcha lattes are all the rage right now among health fans and enthusiasts of an aesthetically pleasing Instagram picture. However, these fun and “trendy” foods are more than just mesmerizing drinks covering all colors of the rainbow, they contain supplements that are attributed to several, real health benefits. While there is an infinitely growing list of supplements, powders and oils that are both beneficial to health as well as aesthetically pleasing, the three supplements I want to highlight are turmeric, maca, and spirulina. These are my supplements of choice as they are not only easy to purchase, but are also extremely versatile, and can be incorporated into any of your favorite recipes in a plethora of ways.
Masks have become a new staple in our everyday lives this past year – we now grab one before we go anywhere, along with our keys, wallet, and phone. Even now as Covid-19 vaccines become widely available to the general public, masks will certainly outlast the pandemic. Wearing a mask to prevent the spread of Covid-19 has been pivotal throughout this period of time, due to the mask’s ability to keep potentially viral respiratory droplets contained. Still, over the past year there’s been a negative secondary effect of wearing masks that some have experienced involving face acne, known as “mask-ne”.
The middle mark of summer has passed which means it’s time to reflect on these past few months. We have new opportunities ahead of us – some of us know what our next move is, while some of us may still have no clue – and that is okay. Some of you reading this may already have jobs and careers. We may all be in different places in our lives, but we do share one commonality: an understanding that our willingness to step outside of our comfort zones is critical to our future success. I’m sure we have all heard of this term, but what exactly does it mean, and why are so many people willing to stay within this so-called “zone”?
By: Michelle Kaminski Climate change is a major public health issue that has been overlooked the past four years by our previous administration. When the general public thinks of the word “climate change,” many people associate it with the increasing threat of global warming. The aforementioned environmental consequence of climate change is categorized by extremeContinue reading “The Overheating Problem Plaguing our Earth”
As I was scrolling through my Instagram feed one day avoiding my growing to-do list, I noticed Vogue had just posted a video featuring Hollywood’s most sought after, celebrity crush: Gwyneth Paltrow. I obviously clicked the link to watch the full video. Would I finally have insider info on how Paltrow looks like she hasn’t aged since she filmed Shakespeare in Love? I had to know. Long story short, I didn’t figure it out – I mean it’s probably a lot of botox and luck-of-the-draw genetics – but I wasn’t entirely unsuccessful. I learned that Paltrow views her oral health and skincare routine of equal importance; in fact, every morning, before she starts her day, Paltrow does something called oil pulling, an “ancient ayurvedic therapy” known to promote oral hygiene.
No, I am not writing about Earth Day just because it is the same day as my birthday (April 22)! Okay, maybe I am a little. However, identifying as an environmentalist and having the same birthday as Earth Day, I have always had a love for Mother Earth and a constant and persisting interest in the history of Earth Day.