A Healthy Life: The Fundementals of Longevity

Bullying

Every day, thousands of Canadian teens are bullied. Although, bullying can be hard to determine as bullying may be considered playful “games” to others. Most believe that situations would be considered bullying if physical aspects were involved. However, bullying can take many forms. Bullying can be physical, verbal, virtual, or non-verbal by a single look. Bullying could vary in length, lasting from short-term days, to agonizing years. Bullying can be looked as the willful, conscious desire to hurt, threaten or frighten someone else. Bullies usually envy some sort of power; although this power isn’t always seen by a bystander. Bullying is caused in a variety of forms as stated earlier. Physical bullying includes the bully physically abusing their victim by kicking, punching, tripping, and pinching, and so on. These can cause bruises and scars and deeply affect the victim. Verbal bullying includes the victim being called names, swore at, insults, teasing, and so on. Another common form of bullying these days is cyber bullying. This form of bullying uses digital products to bully others. Causing rumors, saying mean names, and causing stirs can all be done from the comfort of your own room. Cyber bullying is the newest from of bullying and is still involving each day. Bullying is one of the hardest things teenagers can go through as growing individuals, and bullying is a very serious matter as they could lead to long-term effects or even worse: suicide. There are adults such as parents, Councillors, and trained professionals that can help you with these kind of things so the bullying can come to an end.

Eating Healthy

One of the key elements to a long, healthy life is healthy eating. To become a vigorous individual, you must maintain a healthy diet that benefit individuals physically, such as providing energy for school, maximum height if you’re still growing, and healthy looking hair and skin, and mentally, such as providing better self-esteem, improved concentration, and lower stress. Healthy eating could lead to a more enjoyable life, as eating the right amount of nutrients can also cause individuals to feel better about themselves, have a healthier, more productive body, and maintain a healthy weight. Healthy eating also prevents harmful diseases, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancer, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and depression. Eating healthy provides nutrient to your body’s organs and bones and produces natural energy that your body uses. To receive all these important nutrient, individuals must consume a healthy amount of Vegetables & Fruit, Grain Products, Milk and Alternatives, and Meat and Alternatives. To make sure you receive all these food groups, many individuals look towards healthy meal plans to support their healthy goals. To develop healthy meal plans, one must have an accurate understanding of all the nutrition they need for their age and gender.

Healthy Relationships

Before understanding healthy relationships, you must understand that there are many different types of relationships. There are relationships with your family members, relationships with your friends, and relationships with romantic partners. There are relationships which are healthy, while other relationships are harmful. Harmful relationships can be abusive to teens and affect them negatively. Most healthy relationships, no matter who it is with, contain seven qualities: mutual respect, trust, honesty, support, fairness/equality, separate identities, and good communication. These qualities produce a healthy relationship between yourself and the other individual. An unhealthy relationship is when there is disrespect, abuse, and/or controlling behavior. There are relationships which individuals see physical, emotional, and verbal abuse to be normal when it is not. When relationships reach to an extent where an individual is physically or verbally abusing the other to get what he or she wants; this would be considered a very harmful relationship as they do not contain the seven qualities and is injuring an individual. It is important to ask yourself questions whether a relationship is healthy to you or is harming you. Someone who might be lacking kindness and respect may need professional guidance before entering a relationship. Individuals might find getting out of a relationship hard when they do not love themselves. They might look towards their boyfriends or girlfriends for the emotional support they need. However, some relationships require more effort than others, and some individuals are not ready to devote the time and effort towards a relationship. It is important to develop the good qualities in yourself before going out and searching for someone to be in a relationship with.

Drugs and Alcohol

The teenage years of an individual’s life are the years where you might feel pressured to do something by your friends or family to participate in things that you consider bad and inappropriate. In situations like this, it is important to make the choices that you think are right for you. A very serious drug that isn’t considered a drug to most people is alcohol. Alcohol is the most common drug that is taken by individuals. A common activity with drinking is binge drinking. Binge drinking is when an individual consumes a heavy amount of alcohol over a short time period. There are many reasons why someone would drink heavily. Maybe the individual is attracted to alcohol, as businesses and bars portray drinking to be an enjoyable activity Individuals may be curious about alcohol, believe it will make them feel happier, or even think they will look older. However, binge drinking can lead to a lot of problems like being hung-over, mood changes, lost concentration, and so on. One of the most serious side-effects of drinking is alcohol poisoning. Alcohol can affect your body and cause damage to the body’s involuntary reflexes. Alcohol is a drug that seriously harms your body and affects your impaired judgement, as drinkers do things they wouldn’t do when they’re sober. Teenagers can be pressured to do other substances as well, known as drugs. There are drugs that are beneficial and help people with their health. However, drugs can be misused and cause serious harm to your body. There are a variety of drugs out in the world, and many are used for different effects. Drugs may feel good in the beginning, but can cause long-term effects which will damage the body. Individuals may take drugs because they will be accepted by others, they believe it will make them feel better, they are just curious, and so on. Drugs can make people become more alert or simply not care. Drugs may seem to be the right choice in the beginning to cure problems, but will only contribute to the problems and most likely make them worst. Drugs can be very addictive and cause individuals to abuse the drug of their choice. Alcohol and drugs are substances that should not be abused and over-used.

STI’s

STIs are sexually transmitted infections and can be a very dangerous to not only sexual active teens, but everyone else. STIs are diseases that spread through person to person with intimate contact. STIs are not only transmitted by sexual intercourse, but can be spread through skin-to-skin contact with an infected area or sores. STIs can be transmitted through a variety of sexual activities such as sexual intercourse, anal sex, or oral sex, as they can spread the infections through the cuts in the mouth and anus. STIs can be very dangerous as some individuals have no idea that they contain the infections. These individuals pose a real threat as they can transmit the infections through other sex partners. STIs do not have a preference, and can affect boys and girls with a variety of backgrounds. STIs can lead to health problems, and can be life threatening as it may develop AIDS/HIV. The few factors that increase an individual’s chance of getting STIs are sexual activity at a young age, a variety of sex partners, and unprotected sex. There are a lot of things you can do to prevent STIs however. If you are considering to have sex or have just started, go see a doctor to make sure that you are healthy and to learn more about STIs. The most preventable way to get STIs is to wear a condom when preforming sexual intercourse. It is much easier to prevent STIs than to treat them.

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In-Depth Post #1 A New Beginning

Wow, I honestly never thought I would make it this far.

But look at me now; sitting here, writing my first blog post. And shockingly, I’m quite excited.

I remembered coming to In-Depth night last year, with all the crazy projects that were being shown and the cool ideas everyone had for themselves. I had no idea what I was going to do for my grade 9 year. But fortunately, the idea smacked me right in the face.

In the beginning, I wanted to do magic for my In-Depth project. But I found it rather hard to find a mentor and the ones online were magic that I didn’t even believe myself. And how would I do magic if I don’t even believe in what I’m doing? So in the last second, I changed my idea and found something that I’m even more interested in now; working on cars. So for the next 5 months, I will be taking lessons on how to maintain and repair the basics of cars. My mentor will be coming to my house as I have a close connection with him, which made finding a mentor much easier on my part. So over the months, my mentor will be coming to my house, or if I’m lucky, I will be able to go to his workshop. My lessons still have to be determined but I my lessons will be 1-2 hours each week as there is a lot to learn about taking care of cars. I chose this skill not only because I find it interesting, but I find it very helpful. As I grow older, I will need a way to transport myself and others to and from places. And for me, the most practical way is a car. And making sure that the car can last for a long time if managed properly is very useful. And it’s also useful for emergencies. If a car broke down on the middle of the road, it’s good to know the basics of the engine so I can possibly fix the car until it gets to a professional mechanic. This is not a skill that I would use only once in a lifetime, so I find it to be a very useful skill to learn. As my lessons begin, my mentor will show me hand-on-hand demonstration on how to fix cars. He will teach me how to fix basic things, and I will learn to do them myself as I follow him. My mentor is Calvin Bucholc, and he is a mechanic and Coquitlam’s Kal Tire. He has demonstrated a great understanding of vehicles and engine-work and I believe he would be the best mentor for me on this subject.

But with a skill like this, there are also a lot of challenges to face. The possibility of me not getting this within 5 months are high as this is not an easy skill to learn. It requires a lot of concentration and focus, which may be a challenge for me. There might be days where he’s busy as well, so my lessons might have to be pushed back, which might cause me more stress with everything else going on. There is also the chance where I only understand a bit of mechanical work with cars and manage to show very little on In-Depth night.

But no matter the challenges, I am very excited for In-Depth. I can’t wait to not only learn my new skill and possibly find a new hobby, but to see my friends’ other projects and see what they’ve learned over the 5 months period. I’m especially excited to see In-Depth night and see how it plays out.

It is going to be a long 5 months for sure, but I’m excited for the long journey.

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