Anxiety: How to Cope

By: Sierra

Anxiety, what is it? Well, anxiety is a feeling of unease, worry, and nervousness. In this article we will talk about the history of it, the symptoms, and how to calm it. There are many types of anxiety, but we won’t get into all of them. Because to me, anxiety is anxiety no matter the name.

So let’s look deeper into the history, when we are faced with harmful or worrying triggers, the feeling of anxiety is normal to us. In the early days of human time, the approach of predators sets off an alarm in the human body. The rush of adrenaline is a “fight or Flight” response. That causes a raised heart beat and sweating.

Some symptoms of anxiety.

  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Fear
  • Rapid breathing
  • Heart pounding
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleep problems
  • Dry mouth
  • Not being able to stay calm or still

Now, remember if YOU have any of these signs often see a doctor. It might be anxiety or something else. If you think you have anxiety talk to someone you trust.

How to calm anxiety.

  1. Talk to someone you trust
  2. The smell of lavender can calm your nerves
  3. Exercise
  4. Breathing technique
  5. Question yourself while focusing on your breathing

Try some of these, if they don’t work look up what you can do. You could always go to the doctor to see if you can get a prescription if need be. Remember, you can get through anxiety. You can tame the beast!

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Social Media: Good or Evil?

By Roha Khan

Like everything else, social media has its pros and cons and sometimes it can get a little difficult to decide whether it’s good, or bad.  First and foremost, social media lets people connect with others. People you work or go to school with, friends, family as well as the rest of planet Earth. It can let you know what’s going on in your neighborhood or at the other end of the world. You can use social media to get up to date on the latest and even use it for your hobbies and other daily activities. Almost everyone who uses an internet connected device uses social media; whether it be on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Google+, Pinterest, or another venue.

Facebook alone, has 1,790,000,000 monthly estimated users. These aren’t just people who’ve signed up for an account, but people who faithfully use it. It’s obvious that these numbers will continue to rise in the future but in some ways that may not be such a good thing.

As much social media helps you connect with the world, it also draws you away from it too, and sometimes you don’t even realize it. When interacting with people right in front of you there’s always a chance for things to get awkward and everyone can get nervous at times. But that’s what makes it real and for so many people, is that social media becomes the “easy way out.”  In the 21st century, more than ever, you’ll see someone chatting away on their phone while completely ignoring the person sitting right next to them. Sadly this often happens unconsciously, but for other’s, it’s more intentional. For some, social media might simply be enough, the only world they know and the only one they want to know. I mean, you get the latest info, hear the latest gossip, make the greatest friends, but let’s be honest, it’s just as likely, if not more, for you to meet your future BFF as it is to meet the next greatest con artist.

With a quick Google search, you’ll probably find hundreds of more opinions and facts about social media, yet the question remains, “Where does social media stand?” Well, in my opinion, one side is sticking in the Dark side and the other, in the Light and, surprise, surprise, what side you encounter, depends on you. With social media, the more you know about the dangers, the more you’re careful about them, the safer you are. Now I’m not saying you should start hunting for book titled a hundred ways to detect a con artist or something, but neither should you go out and meet up with someone who contacted you through Snapchat, and claims to be the same age, and happens to go to the same school, or loves the same mall, happens to live on the same city. Be cautious and always remember, just because you can’t see anyone, doesn’t mean they’re not there. Private info is private for a reason.

My final piece advice to everyone, have confidence but know your limits, and when you’re not sure about something, follow the little guy in your head!

Letter from the Editor

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