Scratch Pad. The Magazine. By: Amanda Miller & Erin Davidson. Table of Contents. P1 – Personal Well-being P2 – Effect of substance use and abuse, depression, suicide P3 – Creative Thinking P4 – Self-confidence and life’s challenges (peer pressure, self esteem)
By: Amanda Miller & Erin Davidson
Personal Well-being is different for everyone. The aspects of life which make one person content may be different for someone else.
The Associated with Substance Abuse
Some side effects of substance abuse;
-High blood pressure
And many more!
Substance abuse is mainly based on an addiction. There are many types of substance abuse, but some popular ones are Alcohol abuse and Drug abuse. These two addictions are very dangerous to ones health.
The Danger in Following the crowd!
About 1400 teenagers die a year from Drugs and Partying!
“In order to create, we draw from our inner well. This inner well, an artistic reservoir, is ideally like a well stocked fish pond... If we don’t give some attention to upkeep, our well is apt to become depleted, stagnant, or blocked... As artists, we must learn to be self nourishing. We must become alert enough to consciously replenish our creative resources as we draw on them — to restock the trout pond, so to speak.” — Julia Cameron
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook
Take The Quiz!
How self confident are you?
You see someone new in your class, what do you do?
a)Go right up to them and make conversation, introduce yourself.
b) Say hello just once
c) Wait for them to come talk to you.
4) How social are you?
a)I’m pretty much a social butterfly
b) I’m a bit of both
c) I’m more of a wallflower…
2) You have to make a 3 page speech and recite it for the class you?
No problem I love public speaking!
Get it over with I guess
Call in sick for the day, No way am I doing that!
5) How would you rate yourself on a scale of 1-10?
Maybe a 6-8
Under a 5…
3)How do you walk?
Straight line head held high
Shoulders slumped normal pace.
Head down, avoiding eye contact.
If you got mostly
A’s Then you are very confident! You are an example to others, just don’t get caught up in yourself.
If you got mostly
B’s Then you are pretty normal, try doing little things to build your self -confidence
If you got mostly
C’s then you don’t have enough confidence! Cheer up your face and start making steps towards becoming confident!
While procrastination isn’t always an issue, it can spiral out of control fast! While a task may seem rather nasty, it’s easier to do it sooner while the ha-er-dislike is fresh. It let’s you power through the task!
Procrastination has a love-hate relationship with everyone, everywhere. It allows you to put off tasks with the reassurances that ‘In one more hour, one more day’ it will be done. No guilt there, right? Nothing wrong with that, right? When one hour turns to three, then to tomorrow, and one more day becomes that fifteen minutes before class, it’s time to break it off with this well practiced tendency. Time management will become your new love! It gives you some wiggle room and allows for some timely freedom without letting time runaway. To manage your time better, just draw up a loose schedule of what goes where and when. Writing it down makes it a lot more likely to be followed. Having stricter end times keep time firmly in your grasp!
Procrastination: The art habit of putting off tasks for a later time.
Time management: Keeping a tight leash on time through reminders, schedules and willpower.
Don’t fall into diets or fads!
Studies show that people who go on yo-yo diets are putting their heart and cholesterol rate at risk, the best thing to do is have a healthy meal plan everyday and stick to it.
Spiritual well being is not your mental well being, though it is tied to it. No, spiritual well being is the spark of life in you for whatever faith you believe in, or don’t believe in. Notice how often I’m saying belief? You could believe in the Holy Spaghetti Monster and pray regularly, sacrifice meat-balls, all that nice stuff, and have a better spiritual wellbeing then someone who doesn’t even think about their beliefs most days. Spiritual health is just as important as any other aspects of health, so respect yourself in ALL ways.
Emotional well-being is not the absence of emotions, but it is your ability to understand the value of your emotions and use them to move your life forward in positive directions.
Managing transition and change
Parents divorcing; If your parents are recently or have been divorced for a while it can be tough to re-route your life around that. Remember though both your parents still love you, even if they don’t love each other anymore.
Going to a new school; Going to a new school for the first time not yet knowing anyone there can be very nerve-racking. Some tips to make friends is one, be yourself, if your friends don’t like you for who you really are then they are not worth the time and effort. Also try to be friendly you may have to make the first move to becoming friends with someone.
Communication between two people is not always clear as shown in this cartoon, you may think you are getting through to someone, but you may not be. Even if you literally draw them a picture.
Don’t go to chat rooms online, because you cannot see the person, they may say they are the same age as you but they could very well be lying.
Never meet someone that you met online, or if you must do it in a safe public place and be sure to tell your parents.
Also if you are in a relationship with someone in your life you should make sure your relationship is healthy, a relationship filled with abuse or peer pressure is unsafe and unhealthy.
Trust is a huge part of life, without trust in others and in ourselves, our quality of life goes down. Trust is hard to gain and easy to lose, and there are tons of different types of trust. You can trust him to eat your food, you can trust them to always lend a hand, you can trust yourself to try your best. Those are just some examples of trust. There are always those who will betray your trust, but every cloud has a silver lining, and learning who and how to trust is a never ending process.
Jealousy is an ugly thing, but a part of life. Jealousy comes from insecurity and self pity. Why should they get that when I don’t? Why are they happy when I’m not? Jealousy can quickly turn into anger and it’s a fine line to walk, with many pitfalls scattered about. The green monster can be beaten though! Don’t despair over the flashes of envy! Try look at the positives in your own life, and don’t assume to much about others. Who knows, that ‘princess’ might’ve worked her but off for that shirt.
STI’S; Are sexually transmitted infections that you can catch if you have intercourse with someone else that has one. STI’s can be curable but some are not, it’s up to you to take the risk.
Pregnancy: Even if you use protection while having sex there is always a chance you could get pregnant, i.e., the condom could break or your birth control may not work. Having a child is not just fun and games it is a serious full time job, that would be very hard for a teenager
Emotional Regret; A lot of girls boyfriends dump them after sex, this can lead to emotional guilt for a lot of girls.
Technology is related to wellness by cell phones and social media sites. If teenagers couldn’t have cell phones they would be forced to interact with each other more.
Science is related to wellness because through science we can find cure for diseases and we can create drugs that will help those in need.
Media is related to wellness by social media. “The median is the message stands true for this.”
People you can talk to;
-A trusted neighbor
-Someone at church
-A help line (like kids help phone)
Why do you need support systems?
- Support systems are people who will be there for you when you are sad/depressed or just need someone to talk to. You shouldn’t feel like you have to bottle up all your feelings , you should be able to have a support group that you can confide in.