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Finding Balance

Life advice articles by Sairachana Darira

 

In the world, you can find many concepts of balance – night and day, yin and yang, life and death, winter and summer.

But… is there balance in your life? When you’re carrying the weight of problems on your shoulders, how do you find strength to simply enjoy life?

 

Here is a guide on how to find balance in life.

 

Be okay with not being okay

Everyone gets lost. Trust me – you’re not alone. You need to accept that sometimes things don’t go the way you wish they could. Sometimes, even when you work hard, the outcome isn’t one that you desired. That’s simply life. And acknowledging this fact, and accepting it, is the first step to finding balance.

 

Believe everything will be okay

Write down all the issues, dilemmas, and fears that have a negative impact on your life. Now, simply look at them. Think of all the times in which you struggled in life, but overcame those struggles. You have to have faith that everything will fall into place. Worrying unnecessarily won’t help you – having optimism will. You need to have faith that the world will take care of you. Good things happen to good people.

 

Make use of the present moment.

Time is valuable, and a gift that many people wish they had. Take care of yourself in the long-run. Studying is more important than Netflix, so don’t procrastinate. How can one find balance when they have to do one week of work in one day? Unless you’re a highly trained monk, it would be hard to maintain a calm mindset. Instead, you should gradually work towards a goal in life and don’t let the fear of difficulty stop you. Yes, that study guide can look terrifying. And yes, I know that next episode of Glee is appealing. But please don’t procrastinate. Success doesn’t come easily.

 

Meditate

Life can be noisy – filled with problems, negative outside forces, and negative mindsets. It’s hard to find balance when you have a mind that is restless. Take a few minutes off to simply be. Sit alone, close your eyes, and breathe. Clear your mind. This will help you be at peace.

 

Clear your surroundings

Having a clean environment can help you concentrate. It’s proven that when one is organized, and in a tidy room, one has a better ability to focus.

 

Take care of yourself

Make yourself a priority. What is more important? Staying up texting friends, finishing that last-minute project, or sleeping? Sometimes you just need to take a break from it all. Have a cup of tea, take a nap, or read a book. There is more purpose to life than spending every minute trying to get perfect grades. Yes, doing well in school is important. But doing well in life is too. You can do both by remembering that you’re still a human being, and every human being needs a break. And that break is called sleep.

 

 

Hold on

Don’t give up. Have courage to hold on. Things may seem hard now, but remember that life is a journey to happiness. Life is hard. I think this is a lesson everyone learns in the process of growth. There will be times ahead that will challenge you, scare you, and make you want to give into the problems of this world. But, you have to stay strong.

 

Continue on. Keep climbing. Have balance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Launch Pad is Blasting off this School Year with a New Shuttle!

By Katherine Christians

The Launch Pad Teen Center, a youth-focused organization meant to help teens get involved in their community, is making it even easier for teens to get to their facility. This facility was made just for teens, offering tutoring, a safe place to hang out, club funding, leadership, and volunteer opportunities. Open Monday through Friday from 3:00 – 6:30 pm, The Launch Pad is available for any teen, and it is free.

Club funding is available for teens who are interested in participating in fun, healthy activities. A teen would simply need to talk to either the Executive Director and Founder, Courtney Osterfelt, or to one of the staff, Anna Nugent or Frank Schrock, about starting a new club and they will see what they can do to get the funding needed. That teen would also need at least five other people willing to participate in that club to be considered. One of these clubs is the Q Collective, held every third Thursday of the month, where LGBTQ teens and allies get to hang out, meet, and socialize with one another. Perhaps a teen wants to see about leadership and volunteer opportunities? Well, the Launch Pad can assist with that too!

Leadership and volunteer opportunities are prevalent in the Launch Pad; just ask Executive Director Courtney about it. Two teens got full ride scholarships for college due to their volunteer work at the Launch Pad! One of the main reasons for the Launch Pad is to get teens involved in their community, speaking up for what they care about and helping them discover their full potential. One of the many volunteering opportunities is after school tutoring; if a teen needs help with homework or wants to help others by tutoring, they can just head down to the Launch Pad after school. The Launch Pad is a wonderful space made just for teens. Come check out its new location at 302 Grove Avenue in Prescott. If a teen just needs a place to hang out after school, they can head down there too, because any teen is welcome. If you cannot get there because you do not have a ride, the Launch Pad has an answer to that too: a shuttle!

This free transportation will take teens from Tri- City Prep, Prescott High School, and Northpoint to the Launch Pad after school. The time for pick up at Tri-City is from 3-3:10pm, so catch a ride to the Launch Pad to hang out, volunteer, or get some tutoring. Right now the Launch Pad Shuttle is not providing drop off services, so students must find alternative transportation home. There are limited seats, which vary daily, so be sure to get there before the shuttle takes off or fills up. If there are any questions about the shuttle, call 928-273-8508. To learn more about the Launch Pad, check out the website at TheLaunchPadTeenCenter.org.

 

 

Your Insomniac and You

Patricia Azevedo
Lying awake in the dark seems to be becoming a common pastime of youths in the United States. Currently in the U.S., a little less than half of the youths between ages 10-17 experience sleep deprivation in some form. In addition to being sleep deprived, children between ages 10-17 transfer from elementary school, to middle school, and then finally to high school within a relatively short time period. At such a stressful time, when suicide rates for this age group skyrocket, children are put in competitive environments and often told it will affect the rest of their lives.

Your circadian rhythm is your internal clock, and when these this is messed with there are significant reductions in immune system abilities. Your internal clocks also control when it’s time to eat and sleep. Sleep deprivation causes more sleep deprivation, while healthy sleeping schedules result in healthier sleeping schedules.

If sleep deprivation becomes extreme, it can become insomnia. Insomniacs have varying levels of intensity: some may sleep for maybe 6 hours a night (mild insomnia), but some people who suffer from insomnia may not sleep for days and then end up passing out once for 8-14 hours (serious, chronic insomnia).

While it’s impossible to completely remove stress from the lives of American adolescents, getting enough sleep is important. Sleep deprivation can cause lower grades, depression, and even higher risks of car crashes. There are a few things you can do to encourage sleep in yourself and those around you. Continue reading

Understanding the PSAT

By Amanda Bertsch

 

PSAT results were delivered this past week. Are you still wondering what they mean? What exactly is a good score? And why does the PSAT matter anyway? Denobis’s Study Spot breaks it all down.

The largest number on the score report is the total score, which is the sum of two scores: reading and writing combined and math. These scores range from 160 to 760, so the total is out of 1520. This section of the score report also gives a nationally representative percentile for each of the scores so you can compare your score to the average. For instance, if your percentile for math is a 67%, that means that you scored better than 67% of people in your grade that took the PSAT this year.

This section also shows a red-to-yellow-to-green bar for each score. This gives you a general idea of how prepared you are. If you’re in the green, College Board believes your performance shows that you are on track to be college-ready; yellow means you’re approaching readiness, and red means you need to improve significantly to get on track.

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It’s Time: 10 Ideas to Manage Time Better

By Amanda Bertsch

 

This is the second post in the new Study Spot series. Check back on the 1st and 15th of every month for study hacks and college tips.

 

Who doesn’t want more free time? Procrastination seems inevitable, but a few simple tricks can help prevent time-wasters and reduce stress.

    1. Set your own deadlines: When you’re assigned a project, write down a due date that’s few days before the actual one. This gives you a little extra time if some unforeseen circumstances come up and you can’t get everything done as you expected.
    2. Know the plan: At the start of every day, give yourself a list of tasks you want to accomplish during the day. Star the ones you need to accomplish, and cross off one to three of the non-essential tasks. People tend to overestimate the amount of time they have, so this reduces the list to something manageable.
    3. Do the worst thing first: Studies have shown that people have a limited amount of motivation. The more you push off that hated task, the less likely it is that you’ll actually get it done. The relief from finishing it early will serve as encouragement to cross off the rest of your list, too.
    4. Make it smaller: Divide that huge project or ten-page essay into smaller components—this way you get to cross items off your list without getting swamped in the size of the task at hand.
    5. Take frequent, small breaks: Rather than promising yourself the rest of the day after you finish your tasks, take five to ten minute breaks every half hour or hour. Short, timed breaks will give you a chance to blow off steam without letting you lose motivation.
    6. Get a motivator: Tell a no-nonsense friend or a parent exactly what you’ll have accomplished at a specific time, and ask them to check in with you at that time. With the pressure of a deadline, you’ll work faster.
    7. Reevaluate at 2: At 2 pm, take another look at your to-do list and plan out the rest of your day. This is right around the time where people often lose focus after a semi-productive morning, so beat that trend by giving yourself a second morning in the middle of the day. This will also allow you to make sure that you can complete all required tasks in time.
    8. Block distractors: Identify your main distractions and take steps to eliminate them. Whether it’s downloading an app to block certain sites for a period of time or shutting that pet out of your room, clearing away those distractions will guarantee more productivity.
    9. Keep track of dates: This can be as simple as a planner or an online calendar. Just have one place where you record everything that’s due chronologically. Always try to look at least a full week ahead so you aren’t caught by surprise when a major assignment comes due.
    10. Sprint to the finish: If you’re struggling to stay focused, set a timer for ten or fifteen minutes and work for that time. The ability to actually see the time ticking away will act as incentive to work faster, and anyone can be productive for fifteen minutes.

 

 

 

Putting these tips into practice every day will help you be more productive and get more work done, which, in the end, means less stress! If you have any productivity tips that have really worked for you, submit them to abertsch@cableone.net and they may be featured on Denobis!