Safe and Sound: Good advice for Generation Z

Just don’t do it

Any activity that takes your eyes off the road or your hands off the steering wheel is considered distracted driving. This includes eating and drinking, talking on your phone, and (the absolute worst offense) texting. Just don’t do it. No message is worth losing your license and certainly isn’t worth taking someone’s life. Set your smart phone to disable texts while you drive. It could literally save a life, including yours or that of a loved one.

Clear the air

If you’ve got a vaping habit, it’s time to quit. Physicians and health care professionals have long warned of the dangers of e-cigarettes, which have been marketed to teenagers with flavors like cotton candy, bubblegum and green apple. But the “habit” is now a bonafide crisis since COVID-19 has been shown to cause severe lung damage and breathing issues, even for those patients who recover. It’s just not worth it, so kick the habit.

Feeling blue

The pandemic certainly hasn’t helped the fact that more and more young people have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The good news is that medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes can have a positive effect. So see your doctor if you notice these warning signs: changes in appetite, excessive sleeping, lack of interest in things that were once enjoyable, trouble concentrating, irritability, and thoughts of suicide. 

Let’s work out!

Any major life event can affect your health, especially your weight—moving to a new city, getting married, or starting a new job, for example. Taking good care of yourself means getting regular exercise, which could be as simple as going for a daily walk or making routine trips to the gym. Find a buddy to work out with you. It keeps you accountable and makes exercise a lot more fun.

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