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    Why College Students Should Live On Campus

    Leaving home to go away to college is hard on many students. Although living away from home is an emotional rollercoaster, there are many benefits for doing this. Some people choose to live at home to save money, but...

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    Your mental health is benefitting from exercise

    “You already know that exercise is good for your body. But did you know it can also boost your mood, improve your sleep, and help you deal with depression, anxiety, stress, and more (Robinson, Segal, Smith)”? Exercise can surely...

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    • Haley, I really enjoyed your article about the benefits of exercising in regards to mental health. Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed and anxious about school or just life in general I will have to keep this article in mind. What especially stuck out to me was the 5 mental health benefits to exercising: depression and anxiety, stress, increased self – esteem, and self confidence, better sleep, and brain boost. I will always remember this whenever I am feeling down and need to boost my serotonin.

    • Haley,
      I really liked how you emphasized the importance of exercise on one’s mental health. When you mentioned the chemicals released in the body, such as endorphins and neurohorones, I gained a better understanding as to why we experience the benefits we do. I think it is important to bring awareness to the mental benefits to exercise along with the physical becuase it could really help people who need a place to let go of their stresses.

    • Haley, I really enjoyed reading your blog post because it is about a topic that I am very passionate about as an athlete. I have always turned to exercise when I’m in a bad mood, or when I am just bit feeling great. Therefore, I really like that you write about the benefits of exercise and how it can improve mood, sleep, and even struggles with mental disorders. I also agree that your stresses can be helped greatly when you just go for a nice jog or walk to clear your mind.

    • Haley, I liked your blog post. It was very informative and easy to understand. I like that you focused on mental health and how exercise helps. I feel that not many people know that exercising can help with mental health and help reduce the effects of it. Your blog post was thoroughly explained how exercise benefits ones. mental health by explaining the chemicals that are released and how it affects ones being.

    • Haley,
      I loved you ideas on this topic, I agree with your ideas about how exercise can be a very important component to good mental health. You blog post was also very well written and easy to follow, with this being an informative blog it made it easy to understand.

    • Haley, I really enjoyed reading your article. I like how you said, “When exercising, the brain releases endorphins that are known as “feel good” chemicals improving the moods and decreasing symptoms for those struggling with a mental illness.” I liked this quote from the article because you explain what chemicals the brain releases and how they effect the body and mind. I like how you emphasized that exercise will help to increase your mood. In addition, I like how you explained other chemicals that are active when exercising like neurohormones.

    • Hey Haley, I love how you chose this topic! At my middle school, part of our schedule was walking for 15 minutes every morning in between homeroom and first period, and we were told that walking, or exercising, can improve mental performance! I loved learning more about this topic. I especially found it interesting that exercise can improve sleep! This makes sense because we sleep better after we have used our body and our muscles throughout the day. I hope that this article has been informative for its readers, and I hope this article will motivate them to exercise more! Thank you so much for writing this article Haley! Nice work!

    • Hello Haley, I found your post to be very relatable. I think it is very important to exercise as it has a positive impact on both your mental and physical health. With classes online because of the pandemic, I sit around usually all day doing my assignments and I also haven’t had basketball practice either in quite a while so I’ve been lazy lately. A couple of weeks ago I got back into exercising and I usually do it later in the evening once I’ve finished my work. I found it to really improve my energy and it’s easier for me to fall asleep as well. One line that you wrote that stood out to me was, “Other chemicals released into the brain are known as neurohormones which improve the body’s response to stress.” because when I’m working out I just forget about everything that’s going on in my mind and I’m just concentrating on my workout as it relaxes me. Thank you for writing, I hope to see more of your writing in the future perhaps on certain exercises people should practice every day to improve their health?
      -Yamile Beltran

    • Hailey, I truly enjoyed your article and I also agree with you that exercise can help benefit your mental health. Since a lot of people are staying at home most are just staying in bed. This could take a large on someones metal health. Staying in bed could strain someone and make them less likely to get up and be active. With exercise people can feel healthier and have more energy. They may even seem happier which can be a total upbringing from being alone and in bed all day.

      Ashley Arredondo.

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    The Power of Language Involved in Mental Health

    Imagine if you woke up one day and no one said a word. The way we talk defines who we are. Having language allows us to communicate with others in a way they can understand. Communicating allows us to...

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    How Mental Health Affects Those Who Play Sports

    Has anyone ever told you that you look like you play a specific sport? The reason for this is because of our body frames and how we are all built in unique ways. “In early days, female volleyball players...

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    • I like how you brought light to this subject because not many people talk about the body stereotypes associated with sports & its affect on people.

    • I really liked this blog post because I felt that it was a topic I could relate to as a female runner. The stereotypes that are placed on us are constantly affecting my teammates and I and in this blogpost you do a very good job of explaining this topic.

    • I really enjoyed reading this blog post because I could highly relate to it as another girl who plays an intense sport. I have seen stereotypes affect confidence, especially mine, because it is a constant pressure put on us by society. I also really liked the part where you talked about how women can empower one another through. I think we should try to implement this method more in our everyday lives because it will make female confidence stronger and provide more support.

    • I love how you discussed this issue about women and the stereotypes that go along with their clothing for practices and their uniforms during games. I feel that girls who play a variety of different sports all have this problem in common. From the short shorts used for volleyball to the short skirts used for cheerleading, this is not just a problem for one person, this impacts everyone across the board. I like how you tied in empathy into this post because these women recognize this problem and they support each other through it. It is easier to have empathy for people who are going through the same thing as you at the same time you are going through it. I also like your quote about spectators coming to see these women’s bodies but instead admiring their athletic ability because they should be going to the games for their athletic ability in the first place. These women are learning how to change the conversation and show off why they play the sport in the first place. The only improvement I have for you is that I would have loved to read about empathy for this situation from another source, but I enjoyed reading this post!
      #RHS

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