I finally got around to watching Inside Out this week. It was hilarious watching someone's take on what goes on inside a 12 year old's head. One thing that struck me was that even though we feel an emotion, doesn't mean we need to act on it. Eric Ravenscraft wrote an interesting article for lifehacker.com about emotional intelligence. It in he wrote, "You can't always control what makes you feel a certain way, but you can always control how you react."
The Teen Age
I'm reading Carrie Hope Fletcher's book, All I Know, at the moment. For those of you who haven't heard of her (like me before I bought her book), she's an English singer, actress and vlogger. Here's one of her videos.
Girl Power: Olivia Hallisey
17 Year old Olivia Hallisey is one of Time Magazines Most Influential Teens of 2015. She invented a new test for the Ebola virus that doesn't need refrigeration. She also won the Google Science Fair grand prize this year for her invention. She would love to go to college then join a world health group such as Doctors Without Borders. Olivia is proof that age and gender are no barrier to achieving great things in the science realm.
Sleeping Beauty - Part 1
Fun Facts about Beauty Sleep:
1. Sleep slows down the skin's ageing process.
2. Blood flow to your skin increases at night so your beauty products are absorbed more quickly.
3. Your skin rehydrates while you are asleep which decreases dark circles and fine lines.
4. Skin conditions like acne and eczema are linked to stress - while you're asleep you rest and relax so these conditions can improve.
5. During the day your skin is exposed to pollutants and ultraviolet radiation but gets a break from these at night while you're asleep.
Sleeping Beauty - Part 2
Fun Facts about sleep:
1. Research suggests that teenagers need between 9-10 hours sleep per night.
2. Teenagers experience a hormone time adjustment which pushes your body clock forward an hour or two so you feel sleepy later. However, due to early school starts you can't sleep in and can suffer sleep deprivation.
3. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to moodiness, depression and poor academic achievement.
4. Recreational drugs (including alcohol, caffeine and cannabis) and chocolate can lead to broken sleep.
5. Even 30 minutes extra sleep a night can make a difference.
Source and more information: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au_
Girl Power - Lydia Ko
New Zealand golfer, Lydia Ko, has been named one of Time Magazine's most influential teenagers of 2015. At age 17 she became the youngest golfer ever (male or female) to win a major. She is now 18 and ranked number one in the world. Her success is due to a lot of hard work - she trains 35 hours a week.
How to Survive Exams
Dolly Life Coach has 8 useful tips on how to survive exams including drinking plenty of water, getting some fresh air and talking it out. Check out the full list here and don't worry, be happy!
Real men don't hit girls
This is adorable and yet sad because the truth is that just under half of Australian women reported being physically abused in the Australian Bureau of Statistic Personal Safety Survey in 2005. This abuse was usually by a partner or family member. It's not ok. White Ribbon has a list of helplines and organisations that can assist you if you are a victim of domestic violence.
"The ATAR score is a measure neither of character nor potential."
You must not let a number eclipse the immensity of your achievements - you've completed thirteen years of school!
Alice Pung (Melbourne lawyer and author) from an article published in Surviving Year 12 bye Dr Michael Car-Gregg.
If you feel yourself getting really tense or anxious try this exercise. Stop and think about 5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can touch, two things you can smell and one thing you can taste. This is called grounding and helps when you feel like you've lost control. From 7cupsoftea.com