What Stresses You Out?

By Danny Cavanaugh

It’s a Friday night and you just got home from work or school. You’ve worked hard all week and you look forward to the weekend ahead. However, stress in our lives can prevent happiness and relaxation during the weekend.

On February 28, 2017 I visited a booth put on by the PR debate team at Central Washington University. Their goal was to create awareness for stress that people face on a day-to-day basis.

I found this to be a particularly interesting subject because everyone faces stress at some point in their life.

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I don’t think people take stress as seriously as they should. I know that I will hide my stress and bottle everything up inside. However is that healthy? Most likely not.

It’s important to recognize your stress and figure out the cause of that stress. Maybe you’re stressed over a deadline at work? I know for myself I’m often stressed over deadlines because I procrastinate. Therefore, one way to solve that problem and relieve stress is to start projects earlier and have a plan of action in case something goes wrong.

What else relieves stress? Go to the gym! Do you ever feel more energized or happier after the gym? If so, it’s because when you workout, your body releases endorphin’s, which are “feel good” chemicals in our body.

As a result, it’s important to recognize your stress and what causes it. Also, it’s important to understand what can relieve your stress. Whether it’s better planning at work and school, or exercising during the week. These are all important steps to reduce stress in our daily lives. However, according to the debate team their are five signs stress is taking over your life. stick it to mental health

If at any point you experience one or all of these five signs, don’t be afraid to speak up about it. After all, this PRSSA debate team did an excellent job bringing stress and the awareness of stress to a greater light.

Don’t let stress damage your life!


The Benefit of Modern Medicine

By Danny Cavanaugh

Nowadays so many people are caught up in drama, whose popular, who has the most likes on Instagram, our looks, and what people think of us.

But what’s really important in life?

A wise woman once told me (my mother) if you have your health, you have everything.

My Uncle had been struggling with his health for years, which ultimately led to the failing of his kidney.

I couldn’t imagine being on dialysis and having your blood cleaned through a machine 3 times a week for hours each of those days.

Luckily if it wasn’t for this technology, my Uncle would be dead right now.

The first blessing in his endeavor was dialysis which was merely keeping him alive.

Now what? clean your blood 3 times a week and watch the life fade from you as your kidney continues to shut down?

The answer, my father.

How fortunate it was that these two men had matching blood types, and were after all, brothers.

It was a long arduous process which ultimately resulted in a “green light” for a kidney transplant from one brother to the next, forever maintaining a bond of brother hood through blood and flesh. brothers

I could remember my mother stressing out.

What would come of this surgery?

How would they recover?

For some unknown reason, I wasn’t worried.

A doctor with hundreds of kidney transplant procedures.

So, my father and mother flew out to Connecticut where my Uncle resided.

The surgery took place on a cold afternoon at the Yale-New Haven Hospital.

My fathers procedure took only a couple of hours, whereas my uncle’s took twice as long.

Overall, after the months of stress, the hours of surgery, everything was a success and they were on their way to recovery.

It takes a special bond and brother hood to go through what these fine men went through.

My uncle will be able to have a beer again, and when he does.. he says he will “cheers to the medical team, to God, and to his brother for being able to have a beer again.”