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How waking up at 6 a.m. can impact your life

How waking up at 6 a.m. can impact your life

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer

March 26, 2020

While I don’t think that getting up at 6 a.m. every day is in my future plans, I do think that the whole “early to rise” idea has some truth in it.

How to tell the difference between anxiety and panic, and why it’s important

How to tell the difference between anxiety and panic, and why it’s important

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

February 27, 2020

It’s important to know the differences so that you can talk to your doctor about your experiences and symptoms if you choose to seek treatment.

What you should know before going to the gym

What you should know before going to the gym

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer

February 26, 2020

Mercer's fitness center is an incredibly valuable resource for students, but there are a few things to keep in mind prior to stepping inside the gym.

Beyond the Diagnosis: How I dealt with bipolar disorder when transitioning to college

The Counseling and Psychological Services office is located behind Mary Erin Porter Hall on Mercer's campus.

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer

February 14, 2020

Just because my emotions can swing from one extreme to the other doesn’t mean I’m dangerous, but it does make me worry that they’ll think I am.

I tried intermittent fasting for three days

I tried intermittent fasting for three days

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer

January 31, 2020

Regardless of my own experience with it, the premise of it is that someone restricts their eating in odd ways to try to be “healthier.” It concerns me that this is another unhealthy fad masquerading as a legitimate way to be healthier.

Burned out in college? Here’s how you can recover

Mercer students study in Tarver Library’s 24-hour study floor.

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

November 25, 2019

The World Health Organization classified burnout as a syndrome resulting from chronic stress that leads to mental health problems. How does one recover?

This year’s flu vaccine is only 29% effective. Here’s why you still need to get that shot

Georgia Public Broadcasting reported that the 2019-2020 shot is only 29% effective. However, the CDC says some coverage is better than none, and last year’s vaccine prevented an estimated 40,000 to 90,000 hospitalizations despite being no more than 32% effective.

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

October 23, 2019

When enough people in a community are vaccinated against a disease, it can’t travel as easily from person to person, and the entire community is less likely to catch it. This phenomenon is called herd immunity, and it helps keep everyone safe.

Here’s why NEDA’s weight stigma awareness campaign matters

Weight stigma is discrimination or stereotyping based on a person’s size. It can manifest in fatphobia, which is the dislike or fear of being or becoming fat.

Mahima Sultan, Lifestyle & Opinion Editor

September 30, 2019

I talked to a Mercer junior about her experience with eating disorders and weight stigma. From around the ages of 14 to 18, she struggled with anorexia, which is characterized by restrictive eating behaviors and a fear of food.

My story with birth control

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office On Women’s Health, hormonal birth control can be broken down into two subtypes: long-acting reversible contraceptives and short-acting hormonal methods.

Serena Golden, Photography Editor

September 26, 2019

Although I came in feeling like a strong woman taking charge of her health, I immediately felt like a teenage girl being warned not to get pregnant. My doctor took me through a birth control tour unprompted, showing off an IUD like a brand new Mercedes. I said I would think about it.

How to avoid gaining the “Freshman Fifteen”

A freshman steps on her scale.

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Lifestyle Writer

September 9, 2019

In the presence of a stressful academic life and thriving social life, it can be hard to make sure we’re doing everything we can to stay healthy. Here are five ways to avoid the freshman 15.

September is PCOS Awareness Month. Here’s what it’s like to get diagnosed

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a metabolic disease that affects between 5 and 10 percent of women, half of whom don’t even know they have it.

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

September 9, 2019

My doctor told me everything I needed to know, but she also told me that it’s common for people to misunderstand PCOS. I spoke to a surgeon who specializes in reproductive surgery about the ins and outs of PCOS.

How to Party in College the Smart Way

Young adults partying in a night club. Provided by Maurício Mascaro, Pexels.com

Blossom Onunekwu

September 3, 2018

If you’re anything like me, you like to have fun. I come from a background of strict parenting and studying 24-7. So when I came to Mercer in 2015, freed from my parents’ leash, I was on the hunt for freedom. And freedom was ringing all weekend long at these college parties. College parties...

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