Art of Living, Technique of Breathing : by Anya

I grew up watching my parents and grandparents practicing this technique and because my family is VERY devoted to Guruji. My grandparents happened to go for his discourse and then started practicing the art of flushing out toxins with his breathing technique. In addition to the breathing, he also preached about how serving others invokes positivity in your own life by creating positive energy and making all your dreams come true. I understand that positivity is the core of our existence. We are all made of cells of happiness. That is why a baby doesn’t know negative emotions like hate, anger, worry, bias etc. when it is born. I did the course myself at the age of 8 and experienced tremendous joy. This issue is relevant to every creature in existence because everyone seeks happiness. This affects teenagers because at this age kids go through a lot of different types of stress and problems and it is important to clear our minds. This breathing exercise helps us release our stress and be positive. When we are positive in our subconscious, it results in a positive aura around us and makes all our dreams come true!

I have learned that I need to flush my stress out on a daily basis and be happy and positive always. I am learning that we need to be rid of stress and negative energy all the time. It is pretty fascinating how a simple breathing technique can make your life magic. Its amazing how it actually works and how just through breathing and service you can make yourself a more successful person in life. The biggest misunderstanding is that it is about religion or a cult. Its only about knowledge and service. The results can only be seen if you’re disciplined and do this exercise everyday. The solution is to be around people who are regular about it and help you stay on track.


Dyslexia by: Mariana

I picked the issue of dyslexia because I have heard about this. Which would lead me to want to know more about this and the other reason is that I wanted to know myself better. How this affects me is that is that since I can relate to this, I feel sometimes that I will make a mistake: people will laugh/make fun of me or that when I get a bad grade I blamed it to dyslexia. That’s the reason that I don’t like participating in class, which can affect an area of my grade. What I knew about this topic was that dyslexia a is a disability, also that many famous people have dyslexia like; Albert Einstein and was successful in life. Also, those people that have dyslexia are more creative and enjoy doing puzzles. Some connections I made was that first I have dyslexia. Second is that I struggle with reading and most of the times in writing and following long instructions. The third is that I enjoy doing puzzles and I am creative. How this connects to previous learning is that we should respect people even though they are different, also that we should make people feel better instead of bullying( making them feel bad which can lead to bad consequences). This issue is important because Dyslexia is a disorder that makes the learning or reading really difficult for the person who has it. They find word recognition, decoding and spelling hard for them. Dyslexia can cause problems with reading comprehension and slow down their vocabulary growth. Dyslexia may result in poor reading fluency and read out loud. And the image that you are struggling, being under stress & in frustration for homework, project, test. Dyslexics will have twice the struggling you are having.This issue affects teenagers because Dyslexia can affect teenagers differently. Dyslexia can make difficult for a teenager to express themselves clearly. Some teenagers with dyslexia can have trouble with reading and spelling, while others struggle to write or to tell which is left and right. It can be hard for them to use vocabulary and to express their thoughts during conversations. Other teenagers try to understand when someone is speaking to them. This is not like a hearing problem. Others get frustrated with the learning. The stress of dealing with homework often makes them lose the motivation to continue.

I learned that dyslexia can affect depending on the person differently, the different ways people have dyslexia, and how it affects them in their daily lives (homework, conversations,..) I also learned that Dyslexic are often thought to read backward cause of the Recency Effect, Dyslexia comes from a Greek word:
Dys: poor or inadequate & Lexis: word or language, and much more. How it expanded my learning is that I got to learn about dyslexia more than I knew before like; its meaning, effects on teenagers, interesting things, and more. My opinion about this issue is that it makes dyslexics and me stressed and annoyed. But this issue is also interesting to me because dyslexics have shown they can see three dimensionally which can affect the way they see letters. My mind has changed, that in the beginning I thought it was a disadvantage to me to have dyslexia. But know  I think that it brings positives: like we are creative, we are good in puzzles. And as it turns out  I am not the only person that struggles a feels this way, cause of dyslexia. Some misunderstandings about this issue is that people say that we read backwards, but it’s not true. What happens that makes people believe this is because something called the Recency Effect. What this does is that people that have dyslexia might have the Recency Effect, which causes the people to say a word that has the most recent sound first, an example is “tap” for “pat”. How this influences my thinking about wellness is everything we learned about respect. And my new learning about dyslexia.

This image relates to my issue because it shows you the difference between a dyslexic brain and a brain that’s normal. The brain that doesn’t have dyslexia shows three areas that it has. This brain has word analysis, word form, and articulation/word analysis. While the brain with dyslexia only has 1 area which is the articulation/word analysis.

BPV By: Chun-Chan

I chose this issue because I get BPV, and I wanted to learn more about it and why it is caused. This expands my learning so that I know what I probably shouldn’t do, or else I might end up getting dizzy more often. This is important because lots of people get it, especially females, so I think that it is good for people to know what BPV really is, instead of thinking that when you are dizzy, that it is because of dehydration. It affects teenagers because being dizzy in class is hard for you to focus, and it affects teenagers, especially girls, because when you get BPV, you shouldn’t walk around, and it gets really annoying for people.
I learnt that BPV is more common with females than males, and that you can actually trigger it, and it isn’t just something that randomly comes up. I also learnt that it is more common when you get stressed out. I think that this issue is very annoying, but it is also very interesting, because some tiny little crystals in your ear can easily affect your eyesight completely by making you go dizzy. I also think that this topic is quite interesting because you can’t get rid of it automatically, and sometimes it can make you feel like your eyeballs are not under your control. My thinking has now changed, because I thought that it was just rotten luck for me to get BPV, but it turns out that lots of people get BPV. This influences my thoughts about wellness, because I know know why and how BPV is caused.

Social Anxiety – Aina Ferrer Bhargava

I chose this issue because this is the most common anxiety in the whole world for preteens and for teenagers. This affects both you and your family because social anxiety can pass down your family tree because you can see if your parents have social anxiety OR your surroundings can affect you. Since everyone has social anxiety at some points, I know that sometimes when you get social anxiety, you start to shake, sweat, or even cry. My connections are very similar because whenever I’m nervous of something I tend to start to have fear of my surroundings or when I’m in the middle of attention, I tend to freak out. This issue is important because every teenager in the world can get social anxiety in a click, if they aren’t aware of this issue then it could really affect them in many ways.

Image result for social anxiety art

When I started to research about social anxiety, I found out that this social anxiety disorder is actually the third largest mental health care problem in the world today. The reason why it’s the largest mental health care today is because teenagers often want to fit in or they either want to make sure they always look good and say the right things, they always feel like everyone’s eyes are on them. You can’t avoid it. It expanded my learning a lot because now that I’m aware of it, I can prevent it from getting serious. What I thought about this issue before I started researching is that everyone had it and as you start getting more insecure it would dig deeper. Something interesting I learned is that for children below 12 years old, symptoms of social anxiety may represent clinging behaviors, tantrums, and even selective mutism (SM). My perspective changed by a lot because now I understand people who have the social anxiety disorder and I understand that they can’t perform well in social situations. Some misunderstandings in this topic is that some people believe that if they are nervous in a social situation, they automatically think that they have the social anxiety disorder, but it’s not always because of that. Usually it’s just our fears kicking in. The problem of this issue is that you cannot get rid of it, but, you can treat it by visiting a direct cognitive-behavioral therapist, since it’s a long-term disorder. This influences my thinking of wellness because it connects to how people think and how people observe things in social situations.

 

Cervical Cancer – Yun A

I chose this issue because I became interested when one of my friends told me about this disease, complaining that the vaccine hurt so much. I was surprised that there was a vaccine for cancer, and was curious about it. As I researched, this affected me a lot. I became more aware of the possibilities of my future and was surprised to find out that my age was the right age to get a vaccine. It connects to my previous learning about smoking(it was one of the acts that could highly risk getting cervical cancer), and the reproduction unit, learning more about the uterus. This issue is relevant to me because all females contain the danger of getting cervical cancer, and thus should always be aware of their health status. This is important because a lot of people still aren’t well aware of the cause and effects of cervical cancer and didn’t get a vaccine when it was most effective for you. This affects teenagers because by learning about what causes cervical cancer and the danger of it, teenagers can be more aware of the things they do and think once more. Also, though there isn’t a high chance of teenagers getting this cancer(sometimes it takes a very long time to actually show symptoms), if it does, then it will critically affect the teenager’s wellness in all 4 parts.

The basic form of the uterus, the location of the cervix and where the cancer usually is placed

I learned that cervical cancer has a cause clearly proved, different from other cancers, and have a vaccine that can prevent. Also, I was unaware that so many people were unaware of the disease and didn’t do anything much sooner that could’ve changed their lives. It expanded my learning by teaching me some actions I should consider more carefully before doing it, such as smoking and avoid exposure to HPV. My opinion about this issue is that although it has a clear cause and a marvelous vaccine that will mostly decrease the risk of getting this cancer, people need to be more alert, informed, and aware of cervical cancer. Only 40% of American woman knew what HPV Infection was, and just about half of them knew that it was the cause of cervical cancer. I think that there should be something to change this ignorance. It was surprising at how much death it caused(4th most death for female patients), and also unexpected. Throughout the research, my thinking changed; people should be more specifically informed of this cervical cancer, and not just vaguely think that it’s quite dangerous. Maybe we could add a lesson for specific diseases in wellness class. One misunderstanding about this topic is that the vaccine may heal everything caused by HPV, but it is not true. It only prevents ‘some’ strains caused by HPV. A problem is that in some low-income or developing countries, the number one cause of people dying is because of cervical cancer. The solution to this is to make the vaccine a requirement so everyone could prevent this from happening. This influenced my thinking about wellness because now I know how cervical cancer is caused, and how it harms a person mentally(mental fog), emotionally(depression), physically(cervix damaged/blood and pain), and socially(social relationships with people will be restricted when you get cancer)

Sleep Deprivation – Alyssa

I chose this issue because it is important for young adults to be aware of how important sleep is to your body and how this issue can affect all aspects of wellness, from your social skills to your mental health. It affects you because it can cause problems at school, your behavior and your relationships with friends and family. I can connect to this issue because whenever I don’t get more than 5 hours of sleep a night, I’ll start losing my focus in class and miss out on what the teacher is teaching. I also tend to be moodier and have less patience when I’m around people, which also causes stress and makes me unproductive throughout the day. This matter affects teenagers because it impairs their attention, alertness, problem solving skills and reasoning overtime. It also causes you to forget whatever you learned or experienced that day. The lack of sleep also makes you forgetful. Brain events called sharp wave ripples make our memory stronger, and occurs mostly during the deepest levels of sleep. Without sleep, there would be limited time for the wave ripples to improve our memory.

Sleep deprivation also affects teenagers because it changes their appearance. The lack of sleep gives people sallow (unhealthy yellow, pale brown) skin, puffy eyes and dark circles under eyes. The lack of sleep also releases too much of the stress hormone ‘cortisol’, which breaks down the collagen in your skin and makes it wrinkly. Collagen is an important protein in your body that holds it together. The absence of rest also causes your body to release too little growth hormones, which usually get released during sleep- which causes delays in growth, the increase of muscle mass, and the strengthening of bones.

I learnt that sleep deprivation has very serious consequences and it is important to know about this topic so we can avoid various diseases and problems in education and relationships with others. Some solutions we can use to increase the amount of sleep we get is doing schoolwork as soon as you get back home- that way, you won’t procrastinate and start your mound of homework instead of sleeping. Taking advantage of the extra sleeping time on the weekends is also a good way to increase the amount of sleep you get, and staying away from electronics and caffeine could also help you sleep better. Starting an improved sleep schedule will help you get used to sleeping more every day.

This influences my thinking in wellness because now I know that even though the lack of sleep may look like it only affects your appearance, it affects you mentally and physically too.

This image shows the effect of sleep deprivation on the face. As seen on the picture on the right, the girl looks slightly happier when she has a sufficient amount of sleep every night than when she has less than 3 hours of sleep every night, and also looks more awake with a brighter face.

Protein – Olivia

I chose this issue because I find this topic very interesting and more people need to know how important protein is to our health. Protein is important for everyone in order to have a body that is healthy and strong, without it, that is nearly impossible. Before researching in depth about this topic, I knew that it was it is crucial for our body and different sources of protein. During the first unit of wellness, I learned more about protein and where to find it. This is important to all teenagers because without it, the unfortunate consequences vary.

From researching about this issue, I found out the different amounts of protein each person needs. I had a rough idea on how much I needed, but I expanded my learning about how different people need different amounts of protein based on different ages, gender, activity levels. I believe that without protein, you can not be healthy, and think it’s important for everyone to know that. Some new information that I found surprising was that even rice and corn has protein a few grams of protein. A lot of people think that you can never have enough protein, but that’s incorrect. Having too much protein can be dangerous to people with kidney disease. A common misunderstanding about this topic, is that you can only get protein from meat. That is totally false. Nuts, tofu, beans and many other animal free products can give you the right amount of protein that your body needs. In conclusion, I think people need to know how much protein they for themselves, and how much they are currently getting. It’s important to know how much they are getting in order to stay healthy.

Sugar – Saki Yuhaku

The issue of sugar is important because so many people eat much more sugar than the recommended amount per day. It is important because if you eat too much of it, it can cause lots of illnesses, like heart attack, and diabetes type two. It affects teenagers by making them obese, angry, and aggressive. We can become more healthy by avoiding these foods:

  • Soft drinks
  • Candies and Sweets
  • Baked goods
  • Canned fruits
  • Dried fruits

 

Movie Ratings – Stone Wu

I chose to talk about movie ratings because I am a kid who likes to experience different types of movies. But not all movies are appropriate for people of my age. I’m sure there are other kids in the grade who are the same as me. So that’s why I decided to talk about the different contents that are featured in each movie rating. This could also help us learn what types of contents are appropriate for people in a certain age. It could give some more background on what we are going to talk about in Unit 3 and Unit 4. I wanted to find what types of contents that are not inappropriate for kids my age are. I wanted to know why can’t we watch something that contains those contents. It is important because maybe in the future, a friend tells me to watch a movie or something with him, I’ll know if I should say yes or no to him because I know what types of content are not suitable for people my age. It could affect us teenagers because we now often like to go out for movies. They should their movie ratings to make the right choice on what types of movies suit them the most.

 

I learned that some movies could be very disturbing for people who not old enough to it. Like if a 5 or 6 year old watches Toy Story, it will be very entertaining and fun for them. But if you let him watch some adult horror movie, they may get really scared and might think that the monsters in the movie are in real life. It probably also have jump scares, so it is a possibility that the kid could get a heart attack. I think everyone should be very serious about what types of movie and what rating the movie is when they want to watch one because people could actually suffer from them. I used to think that movie rating isn’t that much of a big deal, I thought that they didn’t really matter. But now I know that watch the movie trailer and read thought the rating reviews before going to the theater because it could end up very bad if you don’t take it seriously. I learned that movies could affect people’s thinking, so it could affect people’s mental health. It could make people to believe in things. And overrated movie for you are to make you believe in things that you are not supposed to believe in at your age.

This chart shows the movie rating your should follow before you step into the cinema. You are responsible for yourself, you should first let your parents know and let them see the trailer and the rating, then if the movie is rated PG or G, you could watch by yourself in any age, if the movie is rated in PG-13, R or NC-17, your parent should come with you to the theater.

Endorphin-Sally

What is Endorphin?

Many people know that endorphin is the hormone that comes out when you are very happy. But this is wrong. The hormone for happiness is dopamine and endorphin is a hormone that comes out when you feel very stressful and tired. It makes you feel more calm and better so that it is also called ‘Drug hormone’.

Why is endorphin dangerous when it is too many?

It is very dangerous because it is a drug substance in your brain, and you get addictive, you will be hard to be normal again. You would always want to feel the pleasure and try to harm yourself. For example when you are being tortured, large amount of endorphin is being secreted, so that people could die with laughing. Someone who tried to suicide with self-harming, and actually died for 1~2 seconds, some get addicted, and they keep on doing self-harm not for dying, only to feel the pleasure one more time.

Why I chose this topic

I chose this because every day, my father send me a mail about what is good for endorphin secretion, but I already knew that the hormone that comes out when you are happy is dopamine, so I wondered what the endorphin exactly is. It is related to the health unit that we learned for the first unit because we recommended the exercise that is good for the teenager, which is related to the situation when the endorphin secretes.

How did my thinking changed

First, I thought endorphin is not the hormone that is not harmful, and it is good if large amount secretion is going on. But when I knew that some people try to die because of this ‘drug hormone’, I thought that I should be more be careful of every action I take.