Season’s Greetings

The holidays are here. The air is colder, the coats are bigger, the cocoa is mugged, the hands are gloved, and the ground is unseen by a layer of snow. The grass pokes through the top of the snow as the wind blows and it dusts the road. The trees look as if they have a layer of glass and the windows are frosted over. There is ice skating and snowmen and lights decorate the houses, but the leaves have died, the animals are freezing, and frostbite stings our toes. The trees break from freezing, the cars don’t start, and we slip on the sidewalk from ice. So, tell me why we wait for this cold that we dread once it arrives.

Snow” by vagueonthehow under a CC BY 2.0.

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Music

Have you noticed how much music has impacted our lives? I personally know many people, including myself, in which music has made a big impact on them. Without it, they would be in a hole. Figuratively and literally. It can change our mood, relieve stress, and help with memory. If you listen to a song while studying and listen to the same song while taking the test then your tests scores will improve. Of course, you cannot do this in school. I listen to calm steady pace songs whenever I am stressed out or upset.

We also associate music with emotions. Your favorite songs are usually those that are associated with emotional events in your life. Also, the types of music you listen to affect the way you perceive the world. So, if you listen to happy music, you see the world as a happy place.

Piano, Music Score” by stevepb under a CC0 1.0 Universal.

Dogs. Just dogs.

I don’t know how many people that are reading this own dogs, but if you don’t, I am very sorry. In my opinion, dogs are the most amazing creatures on the planet. If you ever walk by someone’s house and their dog starts barking, they are being protective of their territory. They are so incredibly smart, they know who is supposed to be there and who isn’t. I have a dog named Canon, and once there were two people trying to cut the chain lock on our door and she scared them away. Also, she has this sort of sixth sense where she can tell if someone is a good person or not. If Canon doesn’t like someone, she doesn’t let them in the house.

Like all dogs, she has her weaknesses. Peanut Butter and car rides. She would escape a lot when she was younger. When she did, we would all go hop in the car with the windows down and call her name. We lived on a busy road, so it was important to find her quickly.

Dogs aren’t just animals, they are mans best friend. They are loyal, sweet and loving animals. If you have ever heard of the saying, “There are no bad dogs, only bad owners.” I completely agree with this. I think that if a person treats their pet badly instead of taking the time and working with them to help them behave better, then they deserve the bad behavior from the dog that they have created.

Dog” by PDArt1 under an All Rights Reserved.

Stress Effects in High School

On average 49% of all high school students report experiencing a great deal of stress and 31% report feeling somewhat stressed. That’s a total of 80% of students that feel some sort of stress. Aspects of school that stresses students are exams, deadlines, studying, organizing work, poor time management, and procrastinating.

Physically, your heart pounds and blood pressure rises. Your muscles tense, you get headaches, dizziness and jaw aches. Also, your digestion shows, causing the “butterflies” in your stomach.  Breathing is faster and less efficient which can lead to over-breathing, also known as hyperventilation. Changes in the flow of blood to the skin can cause sweating and other pigmentation(blushing.)

Mentally, a small amount of stress can be mentally helpful because it can keep you focused, but too much can affect our thinking ability. Thoughts may become scrambled or confused. Thinking becomes focussed on worrying and we may become preoccupied with problems. It becomes much harder to make decisions or find solutions to problems. Thinking negatively and fearing the worst increases worry and stress.

Emotionally, people respond to stress in many different ways. Common emotional effects are irritability, impatience, anger, frustration, fear, anxiety, self-doubt, panic, despondency, feelings of inadequacy, insecurity, hopelessness, unhappiness, emotional withdrawal, and depression.

To manage your stress you think positively, look after yourself, and find some sort of distraction to help take a break from your thoughts. Most people choose either music, exercise or both to take a vacation from their thoughts. You can also cuddle with your pets or take a long walk to calm down your mind. There are 5$ adult coloring books that you can get from Walmart or Kroger that are specifically designed to relieve stress.

Depression/Anxiety

Why do people have depression? Well, depression is generally caused by life events and social factors. People who have depression tend to worry a lot, have low self-esteem, are perfectionists, are sensitive to personal criticism, or are self-critical and negative. It can also run in families, certain people have an increased genetic risk of having depression, but life circumstances are more of a leading factor.

There are different types of depression, there is major depression, bipolar disorder, cyclothymic disorder, dysthymic disorder, and seasonal affective disorder(SAD). These types are listed from the most severe to least. Remember, depression is treatable and effective treatments are available. The earlier you seek support, the better.

Why do people have anxiety? People don’t get anxiety from feeling stressed or worried time and again. They get it from personality factors and on-going stressful events. Only some anxiety conditions can run in families. Types of anxiety are generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, specific phobias, and panic disorder. Anxiety is also present in OCD and PTSD.

If you have anxiety, you may have some of these symptoms. Panic attacks, hot/cold flashes, restlessness, tense feelings, excessive worry or fear, and avoidance of situations that can make you feel anxious. These are not symptoms to provide a diagnosis. If you think you have anxiety you should schedule an appointment with your doctor.

You can recognize the signs and symptoms of depression from this site.

If you have depression or think you do, please check out these tips to help.

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Alone” by FaHaD under a 2.0 Generic.

Dress Code(Rant)

So let’s get this straight. I HATE the dress code. Yes, it’s good for certain things, but seriously? Why should girls dress to not distract guys? Some people are just naturally reserved people that don’t wear revealing clothes and that’s fine. Some girls don’t like to cover up and are proud of their bodies. So why should they have to? Yeah, I get it if it’s booty shorts and crop tops but, no leggings? “With a shirt or dress that comes to fingertip length”(That was meant to mock) Here is what I don’t understand… some girls can wear leggings, crop tops, booty shorts and they get NOTHING! They don’t dress coded. They don’t get in trouble. They. Get. Nothing. Why should we get in trouble and not them? Also, isn’t it the guys fault if they can’t control themselves? There is a quote from the bible, don’t worry I won’t do this again, that states, “And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away.” So basically, if you are looking at places you should not, you should not have eyes.

New subject(not really). Guys dress code. How come boys can wear muscle shirts, but girls cannot wear tank tops? They are basically the same things, just for opposite genders. (I guess by now you can tell my gender… whoops.) I know they are against the dress code, but even when they do wear them, they still don’t get in trouble for it. Well, that’s enough of a rant for today.

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Temple Dress Code” by David Stanley under a 2.0 Generic

Introducing My Blog

     Hi! This is the Reasons Why blog account. No, this is not an account posting about the book “13 Reasons Why.” This blog is telling why people and objects are the way that they are. The posts that I write may sometimes be sad or upsetting, but that’s okay because it’s life. I may write about diseases in people or animals or I may write about something as simple as a paper clip. It could also be laws, dress code, I can rant about the dress code for a long time, school rules, or just random stuff I think about. I could do the occasional story time where I tell a short realistic fiction story or about something that is going on in my life. When I write I will reveal things about myself without knowing that I’m telling them to you.

     Well, since this is supposed to be an introduction, I guess I should say some things about myself. I am in CCP English 11, but I guess you already knew that. I am a perfectionist, so if something doesn’t look or sound right I will completely redo it until it does. I am also a procrastinator and those two things don’t really match up too well. I live with my mom and step-dad siblings. We all live in. So, yeah. That’s basically my life in a nutshell.

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