Archive for February, 2014

Dealing with Mid-Semester Stress

Posted: February 28, 2014 by cpmacartersville in Teens
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As February comes to a close, students and adults are gearing up for March! I remember this time of year being particularly tiring when I was a student in high school and college. The middle of the semester can sometimes cause increased stress, exhaustion, frustration, and temptation to chill out in less-than-healthy ways. If that describes you right now, make an extra effort to take care of yourself in healthy ways. Here are some tips for dealing with that mid-semester stress:

>> Take breaks. // If you are a work-a-holic and can’t seem to slow down long enough to smell the blooming flowers outside, MAKE TIME during your day to intentionally sit in stillness or go for a walk. Step away from your school work and extra curricular activities, and spend time having fun or resting.

>> Eat well. // If you’re stressed out, the tendency is to eat junk to make yourself feel better. Don’t load up on all that bad food and sugary soda! Eat a healthy diet with occasional indulgences. The nutrients and vitamins will help your brain and body to be at their best during the busiest part of the school year!

>> Spend time with friends. // Be social in meaningful ways. Don’t head out to parties where drinking or other drugs will be present. Spend quality time with the people you care about. Get to know them! Play games together! Talk!

>> Organize your time well. // Not everyone is gifted with time management, but spending some extra time getting organized with your schedule can save you a lot of headaches later.

>> Avoid alcohol and other drugs. // They won’t make you feel better in the long run and can do disastrous damage to your body. Don’t rely on drugs to feel at ease. Instead, spend quality time with the people you love, go for a walk, use exercise or meditation to help you de-stress.

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Natural Highs: Get Outside!

Posted: February 24, 2014 by cpmacartersville in Useful Information
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In the Southern U.S., cold winter days will soon evolve into warm spring ones. Though many teenagers and adults think they need alcohol to unwind from all the stresses of life, why not get outside and enjoy nature? Go for a walk, run, or hike! Sit outside and read a good book with a mug of tea or coffee.

IMG_3614Just heading outside for several minutes every day can significantly increase your sense of well-being, calm, and peacefulness. It was said recently “in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the closer you live to nature, the healthier you’re likely to be” (source). Is there a river walk in your city? Beautiful parks? A college with a scenic campus? Take your significant other, a pair of friends, or just go alone, and get some sunshine. Listen to the birds in the trees. Feel the wind on your face. I don’t know about you, but going for a walk in a gorgeous location is better than any glass of alcohol for lifting one’s spirits.

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Parents, Are You Modeling Healthy Behaviors?

Posted: February 21, 2014 by cpmacartersville in Parents
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Being a parent is no easy job. Any mom or dad can tell you that it’s probably the hardest task they’ve ever undertaken. It’s up to parents to model appropriate behaviors to their children and teens. Yes, we hope that teachers, friends, and older peers can also be good role models in kids’ lives, but parents are on the front lines. When it comes to alcohol, teens are constantly bombarded with peer pressure, advertising, and temptation. They see drunken parties on TV and in movies. They are exposed probably daily to examples of what NOT to do when it comes to drinking. It is up to you to model appropriate drinking behavior so that once your teenagers come of age, they will have a solid foundation of moderation to emulate.

 

APPROPRIATE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION FOR ADULT MALES AND FEMALES

The CDC defines “moderate drinking” as 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men. The type of alcoholic drink is not specified. This is the absolute MAXIMUM that you would want to model for your children. If you are going to imbibe, why not have a glass of wine with dinner or dessert? Show your teens that alcohol can be enjoyed in moderation as a part of a meal, not as a special activity to do “all by itself”.

Or, why not go one step further and limit your alcohol consumption to a couple drinks a week? Again, the CDC states that the above levels are perfectly acceptable for adults, but why not show your teens that alcohol doesn’t have to be a part of daily life, but that it can still be enjoyed in a balanced, healthy lifestyle (once they reach the legal drinking age)?

Though some teens roll their eyes and scowl when they see their parents attempting to show them “new things” or to teach them wise behaviors, they are still watching you. Be a good example, don’t just talk about doing what is correct.

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Not many folks (especially teenagers) think about the connection between alcohol and common food allergies. However, due to the ingredients used in the brewing process, many people may find themselves not only buzzed or drunk after a few drinks, but sick as well. If you have any of the following allergies, you should steer clear of alcohol and choose alcohol-free party drinks instead!

>> GLUTEN

>> GRAPES

>> YEAST

>> TREE NUTS

>> SULFUR DIOXIDE OR SULFITES

For more information about symptoms of allergic reactions to alcohol, check out this article!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted: February 14, 2014 by cpmacartersville in Parents, Teens
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Rethink the Drink would love to wish everyone a very Happy Valentine’s Day today! Please remember to make wise decisions while you are out and about tonight. Alcohol and other drugs are not necessary for a romantic evening. Treat your body, your friends, and your significant others with love and respect. Rethink the drink! If you’re looking for some great alcohol-free treats or drinks, check out our Pinterest page with the link below!

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Below, you can see Bartow County’s Woodland High School students hard at work on the AlcoholEDU curriculum. AlcoholEDU is a program for teens and their parents designed to help prevent alcohol abuse in the participants using project-based learning and evidence-based information.

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It’s no secret that excessive alcohol consumption can increase the risk of cancer in the human body. New statistics reported by the World Health Organization “show alcohol is responsible for 5.4 percent of all cancer deaths”. Though a small percentage, it confirms the long-held suspicions that alcohol can increase cancer risks. As discussed in our previous blog post, alcohol is linked with skin cancer. It is also linked to mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus,  liver, colon and rectum, and breast cancers. Do yourself a favor: if you’re underage, avoid alcohol altogether and if you are of age, drink alcohol responsible and sparingly.

Sources: Cancer.org // News.com

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