Knowing how to start a conversation is an important life skill. Here are six conversation starters that you could use with almost anyone—from your new next door neighbour to the new kid at school. Ditch the awkward silence and staring at the ground and try out one of these conversation starters next time you meet someone new. Look them in the eye, smile, say hi, tell them your name, ask them theirs, then go for it. You might learn something interesting.
Anxiety and panic attacks usually happen at the most inconvenient time. You can't exactly do a 20 minute mindful meditation in the middle of an exam, but there are other things that you can do. Here are nine things that you can do if you need to calm down in a hurry—some of them you could even do in the middle of an exam:
Let's talk about getting high. Many people turn to alcohol and other drugs to get a high, to find some relief from the stress of life, or to escape. There are other ways to get a high that do not have the same risks and possible side effects. Here are just a few: