The Stress and Emotions of Moving

I have lived in two houses my whole life. The first one I wouldn’t consider because I don’t even remember it, I lived in that house till I was two years old. Once I turned two, we moved about a half a mile down the street from our old house and have been there ever since. For over a year now our house has been on the market and due to the awful economy I thought it would never sell. Well wasn’t I wrong!! I honestly don’t know any better than the house I live in now, it’s perfect to me. I am in walking distance of my best friends in the community; there is a beach, boats, golf course, tennis course, pools, and club houses. Our family is very close with a bunch of people in our community and I feel leaving is going to be very hard. I honestly never thought this day would come, but I was informed once I get out of college this year were out, as if I thought college wasn’t stressful enough, now I got to deal with a new environment and starting over with making new friends (which I know every person hates to do).

When I think about it, I try to think that I’m at college most of the year and I am not really living there, but it’s the true fact that it’s not going to be the same. Usually I am a person who likes change, but I feel like this change may flip my world upside down. Lately this is the only thing I have been thinking about because it’s all coming to an end and another change is coming my way. I guess I don’t know how to deal with it.



After today’s discussion in class, it really made me think about how much we use technology.  Everything we need to know on a daily bases is just one click, one email, or one phone call away.  I have come to a realization that I do not go anywhere without my phone.  Have you ever thought about what this world was like without technology?  Well I have, and I think that without technology human relationships would be much greater (having a stronger social support), people may find that they “know how” to do things more then they “know that.”  If we didn’t have technology we would be forced to do everything on our own, which in a way may make us smarter.  For example, today people with Internet connections can now use Google to access an incredible amount of information. That access could make us less likely to memorize information, knowing that we can access it online any day, at any time.

Now that there is Facebook and Twitter, you catch many people on their phones almost at all times.  These social connections because of technology are making our relationships less likely to grow and making people become lazy.  I have seen my friends stay on Facebook all day, what you can possible do on one page for a whole day is beyond me.  Yes, I use it, but I don’t think it affects my daily life; I don’t have the urge to get on every time I see a computer, and I have better things in life to turn to then a social network.  I would much rather go hang out with a friend and talk to them face to face, rather than through technology.  Technology is taking over and we know it, it takes away time from your life, time from doing your school work or work in general.  The true question, is technology taking over your life?


For the past few years I have wanted to become a paramedic.  I have watched my brother go forth in paramedic training and now in the fire department.  When someone asks you the question, “What do you want to do when you grow up?”  I feel like many people make something up just to give an answer or say something that is most likely not realistic. Well becoming a paramedic is what I want to do.  It is a job that is very hands on and you’re constantly helping people.  I am the type of person who likes to be active in which they do and I like to help others, so I feel like this is a perfect start for me.

Peoples’ lives often depend on the quick reaction and the qualified care of Paramedics.  Many incidents that paramedics deal with vary as much as automobile accidents, heart attacks, drowning, childbirth, and gunshot wounds, which all require immediate medical attention.  Paramedics provide crucial attention to the ones they are taking care of because they need to know what state the person is in and if they need to be transferred to a hospital.

  I think this picture is a perfect explanation of what a paramedic does.  Today’s society everything is fast paced and always on the move.  Well to be a paramedic or EMT you must be able to react quickly because someone else’s life is in your hands.  Every day is something new, which is great because who wants to do the same thing over and over every day!

I also like knowing that I can save someone’s life and change their world because of it.  Knowing I would be the person in control, the one making decisions, and the one who everyone looks to in order solve their problems may be a lot on my hands but I look forward to it.  Getting to see the reaction of someone happy is the best thing you could ask for in life.  I also think a lot of people take life for granite.  This is a perfect way to show how you can’t take anything for granite because you don’t know what you have till it’s gone.  I am really looking forward to seeing where this takes me and i hope you all find something you really want to do.


Who really needs sleep?  I never really thought getting a certain amount of hours of sleep was really that big of a deal.  But, after performing our presentation on stress and a good night’s sleep, I will never take sleep for granite again.  I have been up for more than twenty-four hours and I feel exhausted.  Multiple people have come up to me asking me if something was wrong or why I was moving so slow.  I guess the lack of sleep really affected my performance during my day. 

A few reasons that I found important and why a good night sleep is useful is lack of sleep can increase your aging.  The countless nights that I or you have skipped sleep are actually increasing our aging process. You may not notice it, but lack of proper slumber is making your eyes droop, forming wrinkles on your face, making your skin drier and causing your memory to fail.  I personally know that I have a bad enough memory as it is and I don’t need the lack of sleep to increase my memory failure.  I know you all hear adults and the elderly say that they don’t remember something and they begin to blame it on their age.  Yes, some people can get away with that excuse, but the main reasons are the sleep debt.  One important thing we (college students) deal with is stress and test taking; it has been proven if you have a good night’s sleep you are more likely to perform better on that exam then someone who is suffering from sleep debt.  The second important reason for needing a good night sleep is because sleep affects your mood in multiple ways.  Sleep deprivation often causes irritability, moodiness, impatience and the lack of concentration and focus. More crankiness is expected from those who have not been sleeping soundly for a while (which we experienced this morning in our presentation and throughout our day, due to no sleep).

I learned many things about how sleep can affect us and i found it quit interesting.  It also made me even more tired than I am now.  Hopefully i will sleep well tonight since last night did not happen…

Sex and Stress

Perhaps it isn’t surprising that stress can affect your sex life, usually negatively- as we discussed in class, but did you know that sex can affect your stress life?

I stumbled upon what i thought was a good website which explains the use of sex and the immune system.  This long list shows how having a healthy sex life can be good for your brain, your body, your mind, your relationships, etc.  Each of these are a great examples of how sex can improve your health.  Sex is a cause of relationships because you are sharing with someone else.   Most people think of a healthy life style as eating right, exercising, and drinking lots of water.  Being healthy doesn’t have to be all about fruits, veggies, and running shoes. Sex is known to be the greatest exercise and an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  My veiw on life is basically whatever works for you go for it.
Sex can be viewed as a means to maintain a healthy and happy life or a way to preserve our species.I was also surprised about some of these facts and how it cant be a prevention of cancer.
1. Our mental and emotional health balance is clearly influenced by sex. Abstinence is known to cause from anxiety to paranoia and depression… In fact, in case of light depressions, after having sex the brain releases endorphins, that decrease stress, inducing a state of euphoria.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Sex can be a beauty treatment. While having sex, a woman’s body doubles the estrogen level, and this makes her hair shine and the skin becomes softer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         3.  Sweating while having sex cleanses the skin pores, making the skin brighter and decreasing the risk of developing dermatitis.      4.  Sex can make us lose weight.  You burn all that fat and carbohydrates from the romantic dinner.  Quickies of 20 minutes weekly mean 7,500 calories annually, that’s as much as you consume on a 120 km (745 mi) of jogging.  A sex session can burn about 200 calories.  This is like running 15 minutes on the a tredmill.                                                                                           5.  Sex strengths our muscles.  You can imagine the effort made by your muscles through those pushes and flexions.  It depends on your stunts in bed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     6.  The more active your sex life is, the more attractive for the opposite sex you are.  High sexual activity makes the body release more pheromones, chemicals that attract the opposite sex.                                                                                                                                                  7.  Sex sharpens our sense, at least the smell.  Following the orgasm, a rise of the hormone prolactine makes the brain’s stem cells form new neurons in the olfactory bulb, boosting a person’s olfactory abilities.                                                                                                          8.  Sex is also a pain reliever, ten times more effective than typical painkillers: immediately before orgasm, levels of the hormone oxytocin rise by five times, determining a huge release of endorphins.  These chemicals calm pain, from a minor headache to arthritis or migraines, and with no secondary effects.  Migraines also disappear because the pressure in the brain’s blood vessels is lowered while having sex.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            9.  A good sex session can be a good remedy against stiff nose, being a natural antihistaminic that helps combating asthma and high fever.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  10.  The hormones released while having sex helps both men and women, estrogen protects woman’s heart but on the long term, it can be efficient also against Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis while testosterone strengthens the bones and muscles.                   11.  Sex is beneficial not only for the heart, but also for the blood circulation, especially the brain, because of the increased heart rate and deep breathing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        12. After orgasm, especially in the evening, we become sleepy.  This is the effect of some good sex: it increases sleep quality.  Following an orgasm, the body of both males and females becomes completely relaxed, so they may have a good deep sleep.           13.  Sex fights cancer.  Various researches have shown that a high ejaculation frequency and sexual activity are linked to a lower risk of prostate cancer later in life.

Don’t Live to Fast.

You have this connection that you cannot explain; you have this connection that carries you through the day.  He is your best friend, the one you know that will never break your heart.  Then one Monday night, lying in bed you receive a picture message with your best friends truck destroyed with a caption underneath saying to” keep Billy in your thoughts and prayers, for which he had an accident and the chances of survival is very slim.”  It feels like it was just yesterday, it was so clear but then you get this feeling that the only way you will ever see him again is in pictures.  He was a great kid who loved life, he was always smiling  and would do anything to have a good time.  The two main things that will always be remembered is his two quotes: “Life’s journey is not to arrive safely at the grave in a well-preserved body, but rather to come in sliding sideways screaming holy shit… what a ride.” The scary thing is that is exactly how he had died.  His second one was “Don’t Live to Fast.”  Something I will never forget when I think of him and anything going wrong.  What stresses me out most is losing someone who means the world to me and knowing that he will never smile and say my name ever again.  But what really makes the piercing feeling, is that I never got to say goodbye.  A tragedy such like this one can only be fully understood from first hand experience.  How would you feel when you had a connection to someone who you cannot explain and you care about them more than life itself, but when they are gone how would you feel?  He may not be here physically but he is always in my heart  But what is so stressful is that I can’t change the past in order to bring him back or to tell him not to take that road, or that drink, or even enough to say don’t drive.  In order to deal with the pain of his passing, I turn to God and pray to him to relieve me of my suffering, but sometimes it works, yet other times the pain remains constant.  Stress of losing a loved one is like feeling the weight of the world crushing down on your shoulders and no matter what you do the weight never goes away.  Now he will never be more than just a connection that I once had, a presence that I can feel spiritually but I can never touch ever again.

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