Physics STAR test was fail, so was the word problem we had to do in class.
Lots of sugar today: taro bun, two Poptarts, two cartons of chocolate milk, one carton of apple juice.
Finally bought paper from Target!
Was on my feet for about 4 hours until the end of the track meet today. It was sooooo cold. ><
At tutoring, I was not really able to do anything… T__T
I don’t think I’m going to read Song of Myself. I’m also not going to do the essay tonight; I’ll just write it along with the other 3 essays & multiple choice she’s making us do over the weekend and turn it in on Monday. -_-
I was thinking… since Mrs. Khan is probably going to never ever return our portfolios at the end of the year, I should bring mine home sometime soon. That way I can take pictures of my work! It’s just such a pain bringing stuff home. :\
Where’d my stipple from 2 years ago go?? I wonder if she still has it..
It seems that Mr. Taylor’s been hiding a little something that could’ve helped us a whole lot throughout the year….or at least, I never knew about it until like yesterday. :[ If you log into schoolloop and check out Mr. Taylor’s locker, you will find 12 PDF files of the US timeline! All the notes…
I might kinda sorta vaguely recall him saying something of that nature at the beginning of the year… or maybe not. Idk, but thanks for reminding me about them! :D
Right now they’re broadcasting Endless Love, starring Fiona Sit and Chen Kun! But it’s nearly over, and I don’t have time.. The website doesn’t say anything about what dramas they’re going to be showing next, but I think I wouldn’t be able to finish any if they go into mid-June because of the Las Vegas trip.
I can’t wait till I can start watching dramas again. I’m abstaining at least until AP tests are over with.
Today in class, my teacher came up with the idea that since it’s too expensive for the Taiwanese kids (of the families that hosted us last summer) to come here, we should let them stay with us for free. And we’d get to go stay with them for free! It’d be ideal if we could go in July and they come in August.
The problem is that some of us already have plans this summer… I’m going to Las Vegas for a couple of days in June and then New York for a couple of weeks in July. >< Mannn, I would sooooo love to go back to Taiwan! We’d be going to the east coast, which we missed completely last time. I left with so many regrets last year that I was depressed for 3-4 months. >< This time I would definitely make the most of my time there.
We could probably go next summer if we decide on it now. But then we wouldn’t be able to see our old classmates, because they will have graduated by that time! T__T
I still haven’t contacted my host family at all.. I feel bad. I wonder what they must’ve thought, because I actually did ask for their address. The email address I got from my sister’s host mom isn’t correct, so all I have is that residential address. I should write a letter, but I don’t know how much it’d cost. I should try asking my teacher if they have the email address.
My day was filled with Yen-j and homework. It worked out alright.
Woke up at 6:30 this morning. Finished looking up definitions of stuff for Chinese homework. Didn’t go out to help my mom water orchids until 8:40 or so. It was so hot in the greenhouse. ><
I didn’t eat a real lunch because I didn’t want goi cuon (?), so I ate random other stuff. I finished APUSH practice test (I haven’t improved and am so worried for STAR & AP). Translated the Chinese homework and sent it to the teacher. Started calc homework and hope to finish tonight. I wanted to do Japanese today too, but I won’t get to it.
Since last Sunday, I’ve been watching Crows Zero in parts. When I want to take a break, I’ll watch a part or two before going back to doing homework or whatever. I’m almost done. I think I’ll try PS Man and Kiina once I get the time to start watching dramas again. I still haven’t finished Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge or Autumn’s Concerto or Hi My Sweetheart. u-u
Can’t go to the March of Dimes event because I don’t have a ride. :\
Since yesterday, I’ve been working on Chinese homework, which is to translate the latest chapter. I think I understand, but there are some phrases I can’t find in the dictionary (of course they just had to be grammar patterns). -_-
A new study has an old answer for mental health issues: Physical exercise is an underutilized method to reduce depression and anxiety.
According to researchers who analyzed the results of numerous published studies, exercise is a magic drug for many people with depression and anxiety disorders, and it should be more widely prescribed by mental health care providers.
“Exercise has been shown to have tremendous benefits for mental health,” says Jasper Smits, director of the Anxiety Research and Treatment Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
“The more therapists who are trained in exercise therapy, the better off patients will be.”
Smits and Michael Otto, psychology professor at Boston University, based their finding on an analysis of dozens of population-based studies, clinical studies and meta-analytic reviews related to exercise and mental health, including the authors’ meta-analysis of exercise interventions for mental health and studies on reducing anxiety sensitivity with exercise.
The researchers’ review demonstrated the efficacy of exercise programs in reducing depression and anxiety.
The traditional treatments of cognitive behavioral therapy and pharmacotherapy don’t reach everyone who needs them, says Smits, an associate professor of psychology.
“Exercise can fill the gap for people who can’t receive traditional therapies because of cost or lack of access, or who don’t want to because of the perceived social stigma associated with these treatments,” he says.
“Exercise also can supplement traditional treatments, helping patients become more focused and engaged.”
The researchers presented their findings at the annual conference of the Anxiety Disorder Association of America.
Their workshop was based on their therapist guide “Exercise for Mood and Anxiety Disorders,” with accompanying patient workbook (Oxford University Press, September 2009).
“Individuals who exercise report fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression, and lower levels of stress and anger,” Smits says.
“Exercise appears to affect, like an antidepressant, particular neurotransmitter systems in the brain, and it helps patients with depression re-establish positive behaviors. For patients with anxiety disorders, exercise reduces their fears of fear and related bodily sensations such as a racing heart and rapid breathing.”
After patients have passed a health assessment, Smits says, they should work up to the public health dose, which is 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity activity.
At a time when 40 percent of Americans are sedentary, he says, mental health care providers can serve as their patients’ exercise guides and motivators.
“Rather than emphasize the long-term health benefits of an exercise program – which can be difficult to sustain – we urge providers to focus with their patients on the immediate benefits,” he says.
“After just 25 minutes, your mood improves, you are less stressed, you have more energy – and you’ll be motivated to exercise again tomorrow. A bad mood is no longer a barrier to exercise; it is the very reason to exercise.”
Smits says health care providers who prescribe exercise also must give their patients the tools they need to succeed, such as the daily schedules, problem-solving strategies and goal-setting featured in his guide for therapists.
“Therapists can help their patients take specific, achievable steps,” he says.
“This isn’t about working out five times a week for the next year. It’s about exercising for 20 or 30 minutes and feeling better today.”
Source: Southern Methodist University
LOOK IVY! (:
I’m not particularly depressed (except maybe about my weight), but I need to exercise more. :( When I go to college, if not before that, I will definitely have to do something about it.