Update!!

Hello nonexistent followers!!!! Just thought I’d check into my blog to remind you all that I am alive and breathing, not surprisingly.

Recent life updates:

I got a job as a math tutor. I’m extremely excited about it, but slightly anxious that I won’t be able to help the kids adequately. Irregardless, I am now officially employed and one step closer to having my life put together.

Today I started interning. In my internship, I am learning about statistics in the workplace and its business applications. I am overjoyed to be privileged enough to even be able to have an unpaid internship and make connections for my future.

Lately I have been working out daily. Going to the gym is a nice getaway from my house, not that my home is torture but alone time is nice on occasion. I hope that I can continue to exercise daily through the school year.

AP scores came out. Very pleased… For the most part. Not feeling like talking about it.

Went on a really bad date…. LMAO

I will not be doing diving again this year. I am very, very happy about my decision to quit. This past year diving did nothing for me but stress me out and I already have less stress knowing that I won’t have it on my plate anymore. The sport was fun when I was surrounded by fun, easy-going people… But that’s not the case anymore unfortunately.

My stress level has been fairly low, but I still have been getting fairly anxious for nothing. My job stresses me out significantly less than my last job, so I’m moving forward. I keep worrying about what my peers think of me, which has caused me a lot of stress in my school days (which is all of my days LMAO). Overall I just hope that I can learn to accept myself my senior year and move on.

Hope you enjoyed my little life update 🙂

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Summer and Your Mental Health

Hello Readers!

Sorry for my lack of blogging recently. I’ve been enjoying the beginning of my summer by relaxing, eating (a lot!), and spending time with some good friends.

Summer time is a time for youth to indulge in activities they may not have time for in the school year. Summer is supposed to be a luxurious time of relaxation and extra sleep. However, mental illness does not take a break the same way school does.

A lot of extra free time heightens depression for many. Extra time to think worsens anxiety. Having a mental illness during summer can halt any activities meant to be fun.

Before I was able to drive a car and get away easily to whatever activity I desired, my summers were spent lying in bed, pondering the world. I stressed over nothing, felt terrible about myself, and played with dangerous diets. Summer time for me meant long hours in bed–sleep for twelve hours, lie in bed for twelve.

Of course as a kid during summer I did go to gymnastics practice, the local library, and spent time with friends, but none of those activities distracted my mind the same way seven hours of school did. The lack of mental stimulation rotted my sanity.

Having nothing to do negatively effects my mental health the most. The best thing I’ve done for myself during the summer has been emerging myself in activities. Going to lunch with my mom, working out at the gym, going on a hike with a friend–there’s so many things to do in the summer that don’t involve your bed!

Keep your stress as low as possible in the summer. Take long baths, do the hobbies that make you happy, and surround yourself with people who make you feel like a good person.

The How-To on Migraines

Migraines are actual hell. Getting a migraine is like taking a small vacation to hell. If you get migraines frequently, you may even characterize yourself as one part devil and one part self-loathing, pain-suffering human. If you’ve only had the pleasure of living through a couple migraines, you still understand.

First off, a migraine is not just a headache. Having a severe headache is not at all like having a migraine. Migraine sufferers often experience sensitivity to light and/or sound, pain on one or both sides of their head, an aura–a physical pre-warning to a migraine, or any of an array of torturing symptoms.

Taking care of yourself is incredibly important while suffering through hell. Below are just a few of my suggestions on better coping with your personal piece of the devil himself.

1. Triggers

If you have migraines, you should be aware of your triggers and attempt to avoid them. For me, bright light, loud sound, stress, aspartame, and dehydration are my most common triggers. Certain foods often trigger people’s migraines, especially foods high in purines. For me, donuts are almost a guarenteed migraine. Moral of the story, figure out what’s causing your migraines and try to avoid those things.

2. Self-Care

Migraines come with a ton of physical symptoms. Some migraines are so debilitating that they force their sufferers to miss all activity, others are just monkeys riding your back and weighing you down. A lot of times my migraines come during the school day and I will have to have my dad pick me up and take me home–driving while suffering from a migraine can be extremely dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. Go to a dark room, drink a lot of water, and relax. Worrying about your migraine will only make it worse. Try to sleep if possible, it’s one of my favorite methods of self-care.

3. Track Them 

Having migraines can be confusing and super stressful. I like to use the app Migraine Buddy to keep tabs on my migraines. Not only does this app keep track of pain intensity, duration, possible triggers, and relief methods, but it also sends cute messages to make you feel good! Overall, it’s a really good idea to keep track of your migraines so it’s easier to talk to your physician about them.

4. Seek Professional Help

If your migraine is the worst you’ve ever had, you need to go to the hospital. If your migraines are taking over your life, see your doctor. Typically the first attempt at treatment is to take Excederin Migraine medicine, so try taking it to see if it helps your migraines. If Exceredin doesn’t provide relief, talk to your doctor about other methods of treatment. Your migraines don’t have to take over your life!

More Info on Migraines:

Am I having a migraine? 

What type of treatment do I need? 

What are some alternative treatment methods? 

 

 

Why I Love Science

Science is like the hot girl that all the guys want: mysterious, interesting, has a lot of depth to it. It doesn’t always make sense and can be a real b*tch when you’re sitting in Advanced Placement Chemistry and can’t explain why bromine is a liquid at room temperature and iodine is a solid. Science is so many things. Science is biology. Science is chemistry. Science is physics. Science is astronomy. Science is the reason why straws are a thing that people use all the time. Without science we’d be living until age thirty and dying of bacterial infections. How could you not love it?

When I was in second grade I hated science. I found it confusing and simply refused to learn about it. I scored in the fourty-second percentile in science on our yearly standardized test, a score that was a stranger to my ninety-ninth percentile in math and english. My mother, who teaches science, was mortified. As I grew older and entered middle school, I hated science slightly less, but I still didn’t love it. I tolerated it the same way I tolerate dairy: not at all (I’m VERY lactose intolerant btw). I rolled my eyes as my outwardly homophobic and sexist seventh grade science teacher explained facts about the soil and facts about endangered species.

Everything changed once I entered high school. My mother coerced me into taking the “dumb kid” science class, Foundations of Science, which included earth science, intro to chemistry, and intro to physics. Along with this I also took Biology I. Taking biology and learning things about the human body and how it functions led to my love for science. Learning about earth science was a lot less painful when my teacher was hot (not sorry if you read this Dr. Ayers o well). Learning about evolution was a contributing factor to my escape from Catholicism, a positive change if you ask me.

In my free time I love to read various non-fiction books about science. I’ve read books covering different mental disorders, epigenetics, and evolution to name a few. Not hating science is truly a beautiful thing.

Although I plan on going into math rather than science in college, science will always be my passion. No matter where I work or what I do, I’ll still be reading science articles and keeping updated on science news.

Below is my absolute favorite video that exists on YouTube. Please watch it 🙂

Not Quite Good Bye

Hello to all ten of my loyal (LOL) followers!!!

First of all, I’d like to thank all of you for reading (more realistically, skimming) my hastily-written blog posts for this school year. Whether you’ve been reading since the beginning, or have only glanced at a few posts, I appreciate the fact that you spent your own time reading my crappy work. I’ve slaved my Sunday evenings typing rapidly just to reach word count. I have changed the topic of my posts a few times, but in my opinion these changes were all for the best. And by best I mean it made the required blogs the slightest bit less painful for me to bullsh–carefully craft.

Even though this blog hasn’t always been fun for me, I’ve learned to love it like that problematic family member we all seem to have. Blogging has given me the opportunity to write about things that I’m interested in, particularly science. This blog has been my personal excuse to be constantly reading science articles and journals and watching random documentaries. My poorly-written blog is a sanctuary for the very nerdy side of me that many people don’t get to fully experience.

I’d like to think that this blog has strengthened my writing skills. If my writing hasn’t gotten better, I have at least become faster at writing. Half-asleep, coffee-powered Natalie writing at noon on Sunday after rolling out of bed hasn’t been half bad at promptly spitting out 1200 words.

Not being compelled to write 1200 words a week spread among three posts might actually be slightly disappointing. As much as I hate to admit, blogging isn’t that bad when it’s about something I’m intrigued by. It’s kind of a love-hate relationship.

I’m not saying I’m going to religiously be posting on this blog over the summer and into the next school year, but I may indulge in a few posts just for fun. Expect more informal rants about my personal problems and encounters (hahaha) and more posts covering a wider variety of topics. In general, don’t count on too much from this blog in the coming months.
Thank you to anyone who has wasted even a few minutes of their time to read my shitty blog (including you, Dr. Ayers). I can’t say it’s been a perfect year, but I definitely did enjoy at least a couple minutes of my time as a junior in high school and as a student in AP Language and Composition. 

Is Climate Change Made Up?

No. It is not.

Many people question the validity of scientists’ claims that climate change is occurring and is caused by humans. Unfortunately, these people usually do not know or refuse to accept that there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that points to climate change. No, it is not just one study done by one random scientist. Many, many, many scientists and researchers have conducted massive amounts of research to suggest this change.

If you don’t want to take my word for it, or just want a better and more concise explanation of climate change, watch the below video.

 

I highly recommend the YouTube channel It’s Okay to Be Smart because they present interesting science in understandable ways.

In my opinion, people who don’t believe in climate change don’t want to face the facts. I have noticed that most of these people also don’t believe in evolution. These people don’t want to believe that a crisis is coming and possible a mass extinction is underway.

Another great video discussing some aspects of climate change is below. SciShow is by far my favorite YouTube channel and I highly recommend watching literally all of their videos because they are all wonderful and Hank Green is one of the best people in existence. He talks to Dr. Kevin Trenberth, a climate specialist to explain things better.

Could We Inhabit Another Planet?

The majority of scientists are in agreement that the sustainability of life on earth is weak; day by day we are destroying our planet and coming closer and closer to causing a  food and water crisis–for everyone. Many scientists are searching for another planet for humans to take refuge on in the inevitable event that earth is no longer inhabitable.

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According to an article by Science News, scientists have typically agreed that there is a Goldilocks zone for a planet to be able to sustain human life. This means that the planet can’t be too hot, or too cold. It can’t be too close to a star because that would mean all of the liquid water would evaporate. If too far, the planet would be unbearably cold. As a whole, water is the most important and indicative factor contributing to a planet’s ability to host humans.

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the number of candidates to sustain human life is small

Unfortunately, water isn’t the only this that’s important for humans. Carbon dioxide plays a key role in balancing the heat on earth. The carbon cycle occurs so that carbon dioxide levels can change in the atmosphere with the weather so that our planet isn’t too hot or too cold. Part of the reason why the carbon cycle is so effective is because of plate tectonics–the plates shift so that there’s a volcanic eruption which emits carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Later, it may rain to decrease temperatures. Some scientists argue that without plate tectonics, a planet is not a candidate to hold humans.

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The wonderful and fascinating carbon cycle

Hydrogen also complicates this searching process. Many scientists speculate that hydrogen, a greenhouse gas, played a key role in keeping earth warm when earth had cooler temperatures. This article says that chemical interactions between hydrogen and nitrogen caused hydrogen to wobble differently, and intern expand the wavelength of light that it can absorb. Overall, this presence of hydrogen led to an increased greenhouse effect. This is significant because it would mean that with enough hydrogen and nitrogen, an inhabitable planet could be far outside of the Goldilocks zone. According to researcher Wordsworth, a star (the star that heats earth is the sun BTW) may not even be necessary for a planet to hold life.

Life may be another requirement for life. What does this mean you ask? Planetary scientist Dorian Abbot has proposed that given the fact that microbes such as enzymes work faster when temperatures are higher, they would be able to stabilize temperatures due to this productivity. If the temperatures plummeted, microbial activity would decrease and warming hydrogen would increase in the atmosphere.

The hunt for a planet to sustain human life is not an easy one. A plethora of factors have to be accounted for when performing this search. This search, although, is detrimental because of the rapid depletion of natural resources on earth and the exponential growth of the human population.