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The Perils of Couch Potato Syndrome

Playing video games and watching TV may be fun. But too much of anything can take a toll on both your physical and mental health. Of course, you know that exercise is important to stay fit and physically healthy. But did you know that exercise can also improve your mood?

I Get Depressed

Do you ever feel depressed? Do you sit around all day in front of the TV or computer? You may not know that the two are connected. Research has shown that getting a little bit of exercise each day can relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. As little as ten minutes of physical activity can improve your mood for the day. Why? Because exercise increases endorphins—the body’s natural anti-depressants or feel-good chemicals—within the body.


I Hate Exercising

Exercise sounds like a chore. But it doesn’t have to be, honestly! You don’t have to jog or lift weights if that’s not your style. You can walk your dog, go to the park, play frizbee, shoot hoops or play street hockey. You can crank your music and dance around your bedroom. You can go swimming, ride your bike, practice your kickflips—just about anything! With summer just around the corner, why not take advantage of the sun while it’s here. You have all winter to stay glued to the couch.


Sofa Boy

Scott Langteau wrote a hilarious children’s story about a boy who refused get off the sofa. Day after day, he watched TV or played video games, until one day he discovered he was stuck! The sofa’s fibers clung to his arms, legs, back and head until he and his cat became one with the furniture. In the end, the boy looked longingly out his window at the kids outside and knew that he’d never again have the chance to play.


If you or someone you know is becoming a couch potato, grab a copy of Sofa Boy. It’ll either make you laugh or scare the laziness right out of you!


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    shae508 posted in Friends:
    "classicalmusicisepic" wrote:my friends offline are having some relationship problems atm and there are just some things i want to mention on here, because i think they're relevant; some warning signs, etc and how to approach them.these not only apply to romantic relationships, but also friendships etc.physical harm - this might be an obvious one. but i just want to share some ways to approach the situation. this includes unwanted touching, hitting, kicking, etc. if your partner is doing this to you, you must report it to a trusted adult, teacher, counselor, close friend, or family member. this is one of the most serious abusive relationships- there are many resources online such as childline, etc, and hotlines you can call if you need to speak to someone about it. they may be able to help you get out of the relationship, and give you a shoulder to cry on.pressure into unwanted intimacy - this is also one of the big ones- your partner should never make you feel uncomfortable or otherwise. if they wish to stay with you, they will wait until you're ready to move onto that stage; if you even ever will be. if you feel pressured, or pushed into doing something you feel you'll regret, sit down and talk about it with your partner. you have a say in your relationship, too.control over your friends - if you feel like your partner has control over your friends- something is wrong. if they want you to dedicate every second of your life to them, with no other people, it's not right. your relationship not only affects the two people in it, (or more if it's polyamourous), but everyone around is affected by your relationship, too. again- you have a say in how your relationship is going, too!  criticizing you and your choices - relationships are about liking each other- if your partner is putting you down or demeaning you, it's a warning sign to get out of it. are they mocking you? or putting down your appearance, clothes, etc? Definite red flag; talk about it with him/her/them. other signs, include:-being doted and adored one day, and the next being pushed away and ignored,-you're afraid of your partner-they obsess over and call/text you constantly-you may find you've lost your confidence-many ups and downs in the relationship, constant roller coaster-you aren't yourself. you change and adapt for them, drop hobbies if they're not into them, etc.-something tells you you cant trust themagain, there are many resources out there if you need to talk. never be afraid to speak about it to someone- a family member, a teacher, a close friend, the police, a guidance counselor, etc.  I bolded that one part. The whole thread is great. And that one is a sign. But remember people with mental illness may also show signs like this to. If they have a good they they may spoil you and love you, and then the next day they're having a bad one. So they might push you away. They also may suddenly dote on you one day also to make up for a bad day. I'm not making an excuse, it's still a ver bad thing to do. I'm just putting it out there.
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