How To Be More Productive

How To Be More Productive

By: Arturo Zayas

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve all been enjoying your week! Today, I will be digging deeper on how to become more productive in your daily life as you move on in school, your work, or anything you might be going through at the moment.

I ask you, do you really know what productivity is? Before continuing on, please think about that question and come up with your own answer. Well, productivity is the ability to work efficiently with yourself or others to be able to come up with an amazing result. In productivity, efficiency is extremely important since it’s used to complete the most tasks in the shortest amount of time possible while also having a great outcome. Overall, you will see a change in your everyday life, not only physically but mentally as well.

Here are some ways to be more productive in your everyday life:

  1. Make a system or schedule that fits and is right for YOU.
  2. Own an agenda, to-do list, or anything else where you can write down your tasks.
  3. Focus on the most important tasks first, such as homework and studying first rather than going to the beach with friends.
  4. Get rid of tasks that aren’t of any need.
  5. Plan events or tasks days, weeks, or months in advance.
  6. Say NO to procrastinating.
  7. Take breaks to be able to rest from all the hard work you’ve been through.
  8. Get a good night’s sleep, eat a filling breakfast, meditate and/or pray, and do other things that will enhance your mood for the day.
  9. Spend time with family, friends, and others as this will boost your mood and morale, leading up to a more productive time.
  10. Focus on yourself!

Overall, it can most definitely be difficult, challenging, and some might say impossible, but if you really want an outcome and a change, you will use every step listed and more to become much more productive in your life. 

Resources:

https://www.activecampaign.com/blog/habits-of-highly-productive-people

Maturing and Growing Up

Maturing and Growing Up

Hey guys! For this week’s topic, I am going to talk about maturity and growing up. From what I have heard from my friends, most of them have wanted to grow up fast, but do we truly know what being matured and the responsibilities we have to go through as adults are. Growing up is not an easy task; it comes with many trials and errors.

What is growing up? Growing up is advancing to maturity, developed into an adult. Maturity is when a person is fully grown, can reason a course of action, and does not get too happy or too sad about the final results. 

Things to know if you have grown up or matured:

  1. You listen more and talk less- Hearing more will give you more confidence in what you are talking about and you will gain more information. You let other people shine. You stopped gossiping and think that it’s useless.
  1. You read more- You spend time reading, learning more, and becoming more aware of your things.
  1. You take care of yourself- Taking care of yourself is essential, this will help you do better in life. You speak up for yourself. You don’t hurt yourself for others.
  1.  You take time more seriously- You cut off people who waste your time. You enjoy being productive and spending time alone.
  1. Your circle of friends is a bit smaller- You realized which friendships in your life truly hold great value and which ones do not. You cherish the friends that are always there when you need them.

To sum it up, growing up is a beautiful thing and it’s something we are all going to go through. It may be tough but we will learn from those mistakes and become better human beings.

References:

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/signs-that-you-have-matured.html

How to Find Self Love

How to Find Self Love

By: Jan Santiago

Hey everyone! For today’s blog, I am going to talk about self-love. Self-love is really important in your life because it affects you a lot, for example, confidence, how you act with others, etc. For people that are not familiar with this topic, self-love is all about appreciating yourself, accepting who you are, and it can be shown in many ways such as: 

  • Prioritizing yourself 
  • Being nice to yourself
  • Setting healthy boundaries

Self-love helps you make healthy decisions for yourself and makes you happier overall. However, for some people, finding self-love is a hard task no matter what. That is why I am writing this blog today! Some simple ways to practice self-love are:

  • Stop comparing yourself to others– This action is natural, but it doesn’t mean it’s good. There is only one you on this planet and that’s who you should focus on.
  • Don’t worry about others’ opinions– You don’t have to satisfy everyone because you come first.
  • Trust yourself– We doubt ourselves too much; you should have confidence in what you are doing.
  • Put yourself first– You should think about what makes you happy.
  • Be kind to yourself– This is not an easy task with all the negative people in the world, but you shouldn’t be hard on yourself; celebrate the little things that you accomplish in life! 

To sum it up, finding self-love is all about being kind to yourself no matter what other people tell you. If you wish to know more about this topic, let us know!!

References:

https://www.bbrfoundation.org/blog/self-love-and-what-it-means

https://www.healthline.com/health/13-self-love-habits-every-woman-needs-to-have

Overthinking!

Overthinking!

 Hello to anyone reading this! My name is Ana and today I’m going to be writing on: overthinking. I feel like overthinking is a topic that is not commonly talked about, even though it’s a really important topic. Like, we all overthink sometimes, but when we overthink a thought for too much time it’s draining. If you’re a bit confused about what overthinking is, it’s the act of thinking about something too much. Here are some examples of myself when I overthink: What would’ve happened if I did this?, Did they like me?, *Practices a whole conversation in my head to talk to someone about*. In the process of overthinking your stress levels go up and your power to make decisions leave your body. You start blaming yourself for things you didn’t do and worrying about scenarios that may or may not happen. 

-If you relate to any of this stuff I’m going to be listing some tips that may help you calm down when you suddenly start overthinking!

  1. Let Go of The Past: If you ask yourself “what if” or “I should have” remember that the past cannot be changed, so there is no use thinking about it. 
  1. Don’t think of what can go wrong, but what can go right: If you start thinking negatively, stop, push your thoughts on the positive side! It’s not like it’s the end of the world.
  1. Put things into perspective: Will that problem still be relevant in 3 years? The answer is probably no, so calm down and don’t let that affect you.
  1. Don’t stress about the future: You are still young and you have your whole life ahead to figure that out! You are not supposed to have your whole life figured out, so focus on the present.
  1. Go with the flow: This is one of my personal favorites. When you feel left out of something, just ignore it and focus on having a good time. 
  • I hope you guys learned from this blog because I was looking forward to writing on this topic! If you liked this blog, write a review on our page ☺.

Reference: https://www.omaritani.com/about 

What to do in all 4 years of high school

What to do in all 4 years of high school

By: Dalimar Rentas

Hey guys! Welcome back, this week’s topic is all about tips to prepare middle schoolers and high schoolers for their high school experience. When I was in 8th grade, I was very nervous about becoming a freshman. I remember that I spent all summer watching Youtube videos about how I could prepare myself for high school. Personally, don’t take tips from movies, high school is very different from what you have seen in High School Musical. Sadly, you won’t see people dancing on top of tables in the school cafeteria singing that it’s finally time for summer. Now let’s see some tips.

Freshman Year:

  • Get involved in school activities such as:
    • Extracurriculars = This includes sports, clubs, and anything you like to do on the side
    • Giving back to your community = This includes helping in your church, a youth group, and other organizations
  • Taking your work seriously
    •  Colleges check your grades from freshman year to senior year so it’s better not to slack off
    • Start developing good study habits that would help you throughout high school and college.
  • Develop good time management skills
    •  Practicing time management skills in freshman year will save your time when you arrive at college and have to turn in assignment deadlines.
  • Take advanced courses
    • If your school offers it you should take advanced courses. Challenge yourself if you can, it will do good in the end.

Sophomore Year:

  •  Take the PSAT
    •  It’s a good practice for when you have to take the SAT. Plus if you get a good score you might qualify for a National Merit Scholarship.
  • Start researching college costs
    • We all know college is very expensive and searching up scholarships you want to apply to will make things easier
    • College financial aid is also very complicated, but becoming familiar with the process early will make things easier when you’re a senior
    • If you’re eligible to apply for any financial assistance now, even better.
  • Your future
    •  Don’t stress if you still don’t know what you want to do there is still time left
    • It’s often helpful to start thinking about what makes you happy and what your future goals might be as a sophomore.
    • Your decision might change in senior year but it helps to take off some pressure

Junior Year:

  • College Fairs
    • Going to college fairs will allow you to talk to college representatives 
    • You can ask any question you might have 
    • Learn more about the programs they might have 
  • Take the SAT and ACT
    • Taking them early is the best option so you can retake them if you need to
    • Some colleges are test optional so you might not need to turn the test results in
    • Studying in advanced will get you a higher score
    •  Start studying at the end of sophomore year 
  • Research colleges
    • Start your college research 
    • Visit colleges
    • Determine where you want to go based on location, your major, financial aid, and size 

Senior Year:

  •   Narrow down your college list
    • Make a list with 5-10 universities
    • Base them on reach/dream, match, and safety
  • Fill out your application
    • Follow the directions and double check everything 
  •  Complete your college interviews
  •  Make your final college decision
    • Making sure you understand your financial aid letters when you get them with your acceptance package.

References: 

https://www.collegexpress.com/articles-and-advice/admission/articles/find-college/college-prep-each-year-high-school-what-do-all-4-years/

Panic Attacks

Panic Attacks

By: Dalimar Rentas

People experience anxiety in many different ways and it might kick in only a few times in their lives. Experiencing anxiety a few times is a normal part of life. However, people with anxiety disorders have intense, excessive and persistent worry in everyday situations. It may lead to other fears and mental health disorders, problems at work or school, and social isolation. That is why this week’s topic is about a specific anxiety disorder which is panic attacks. 

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Panic Attack:

·      A sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause.

Panic attacks typically include some of these signs or symptoms:

·      A pounding or racing heart

·      Sweating

·      Chills

·      Trembling

·      Breathing problems

·      Weakness or dizziness

·      Chest pain

·      Sense of impending doom or danger

·      Fear of loss of control or death

Causes of panic attacks:

·      Family history

·      Major stress

·      Temperament that is more sensitive or prone to negative emotions

·      Certain changes in the way of your brain function

Complications that panic attacks may cause or be linked to include:

·      Development of specific phobias, such as fear of driving or leaving your home

·       Frequent medical care for health concerns and other medical conditions 

·      Avoidance of social situations 

·      Problems at work or school

·      Depression, anxiety disorders and other psychiatric disorders

·      Increased risk of suicide or suicidal thoughts

·       Alcohol or other substance misuse

·       Financial problems

You should always talk to your doctor about your symptoms. The doctor will make sure to check your health history and may refer you to a mental health specialist, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist.

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Treatment:

  • Psychotherapy 
  • Medication 
    1. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) 
    2. Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) 
    3. Beta-blockers Benzodiazepines

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*If you or someone you love is experiencing panic attacks, panic disorder helplines can be a useful resource to get through a crisis and find a treatment program.*

  •  Panic Disorder Information Hotline: 1-800-64-PANIC (72642)

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/panic-disorder-when-fear-overwhelms/index.shtml