Cell Phone Stress: How Social Media is Controlling Our Lives

Turn to your left. Turn to your right. Both of the people next to you were probably looking at their phones. Perhaps you’re even reading this on your phone right now. Digital technology has become such an integral part of our lives that people are actually becoming addicted to their cell phones. This is especially feared for the millennial generation, who are some of the most active mobile users. Who suffers from cell phone addiction the most? Anne Bowker, a professor of psychology at Carleton, said there are a myriad of causes for mental health problems related to cell phone overuse. “There is research that suggests a strong link between lack of sleep and heightened feelings of anxiety and stress,” […]

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Natural Health and Beauty Blog: The many benefits of coconut oil

From a sore throat to dry skin, coconut oil is your body’s best friend. Its properties are beneficial, whether ingested or applied topically for many body ailments. Those who swear by it suggest buying unrefined virgin coconut oil, as it’s less processed and is produced from fresh coconut. Coconut oil is full of saturated fats that can boost your energy and benefit your body. It has antioxidant and anti-aging properties that stop the effects of aging—even the whitening of the hair. It’s full of vitamin E, a key ingredient for healthy hair and skin. Coconut oil is also antimicrobial, so it protects the body internally and externally from infections. It has been proven to improve cholesterol levels and heart health […]

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Health and Fitness Blog: Not all caffeine is created equal

Coffee vs. Tea For most students, at least one cup of coffee or tea is an essential part of the day. The two beverages are similar in so many ways, but there’s always some confusion over the different benefits of each. Let’s start with some basic facts. Both coffee and tea contain no fat, no sugar, and no calories before adding milk, cream, or sugar. Coffee has about three times the amount of caffeine than tea (80-185 mg per cup, while tea has between 15-70 mg), according to Policy Expert. Coffee comes from the berries of an evergreen plant, while tea can come from a large variety of plant leaves. Both drinks are extremely popular: 52 per cent of American […]

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Carleton professor instructs on how to improve memory

Associate Carleton neuroscience professor Matthew Holahan gave a seminar on how to improve memory in the library’s newly minted Discovery Centre on April 4. The presentation focused on proven strategies that people can use to improve their long-term memories, according to Holahan. Memories are formed through the growth and restructuring of neurons, in a process called Long Term Potentiation (LTP), Holahan said. He said scientists have discovered ways to encourage neuron growth and LTP. For students studying for exams, Holahan suggested students “space it out,” and take breaks when studying, instead of trying to cram for a test. He also advised students to get plenty of rest before an exam. Sleep helps “consolidate memories,” he said. Exercise is another great […]

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Opinion: Accommodation for mental health is a legitimate need

Here is a pro tip. When you speak at an event for students focusing on student mental health, don’t suggest that students drop out of school because of mental health issues. Margaret Trudeau came to speak at Carleton last week as part of Carleton University Students’ Association’s (CUSA) Mental Health Awareness Week. For the most part I really liked what she said. Unfortunately, Trudeau’s answer to a question from a professor left me shocked and frustrated. This was the prof’s question: what should she do when a student tells her “my paper is late because I’m depressed, stressed, my medication isn’t working.” Trudeau replied that it wasn’t an excuse. “We have to be responsible, we can’t just say we’re mentally […]

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