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Newsletter #102 - Driving at night; how to help a pet deal with separation; relieving ingrown toenail pain.

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TeenHelp Newsletter

TeenHelp Newsletter #102 - September 19th 2018 - http://www.teenhelp.org

Welcome to the TeenHelp Newsletter! Our Newsletter contains a lot of useful information about our current work, including updates to our site and services, new resources, details of upcoming events, short bits of advice, interesting links and more!


TeenHelp News

TeenHelp regularly makes changes to its site and services. Some of these are large and noticeable, and others are small and much less so, but each one contributes to the positive development of TeenHelp and how our users experience our community. Below are some of the most recent developments.


Content Submission Form (September 10th 2018)

TeenHelp serves a diverse group of people and to ensure that we are meeting everyone's needs, we have a content submission form, available under 'Quick Links', that allows you to submit content that you'd like to see published around the site.

If you have a great idea for an article, a picture you'd like to submit for the newsletter, or a topic you'd like to see covered, please tell us about it on this form.



Latest articles (September 5th 2018)

Curly hair care
Curly hair can sometimes be difficult to manage, but there are ways to tame it. This article explains some ways to properly care for curly hair.

Apple iPhone Slowdown
In December 2017, Apple admitted to a software update that throttled iPhone speeds and forced them to slow down. Afterwards, Apple began to offer replacement batteries for a reduced fee. Read this article to learn about the controversy surrounding the iPhone slowdown.

Activities to do with children
It can be hard to think of new and inexpensive activities to do with children. This article shares several fun activities that can be done with children while on a budget.

How to sleep better
Even though sleep is important, people have a hard time getting enough sleep at night. Read this article to learn ways to get a better night's sleep.




TeenHelp works with a range of different organisations and websites in order to help and educate young people. Below is a selection of some of them. For a full list of the organisations we work with, please visit our Resources page.



Empowering Parents

Empowering Parents provides parents with content to help their children change their behavior. There are many resources such as articles, free downloadable behavior charts, trained eCoaches, and other programs that parents can use with their children. Many of these programs are available for purchase online.



Tips Of The Month

Each month we share small bits of practical advice that you can implement to improve your life or that of others.


Relieving ingrown toenail pain

Ingrown toenails occur when the toenail curves and begins to penetrate the skin. They are very painful but can be helped at home in a few different ways.
  • Soak your foot in warm water and Epsom salt when possible. Epsom salt can help draw out any dirt or infections while softening the nail. Soak your foot once or twice a day in warm water for anywhere between twenty and thirty minutes if you can.
  • Use cotton or unflavored floss. You can use cotton or unflavored floss to help separate the nail from the skin by putting it between and underneath the nail and the skin. Know that this may be painful. Change it once or twice a day to keep it clean. Over time, the floss or cotton will help the nail separate from the skin.
  • Wear opened toed shoes or go bare foot when possible. Tight shoes such as sneakers, flats, or high heals can create or irritate an already existent ingrown nail. Try to go bare foot or wear a loose shoe while you are still treating it.
  • Grow the nail out and cut correctly when necessary. One cause of ingrown toenails is cutting too short and cutting in a round or diagonal way. If your nail is too short, let it grow for a while. If you want to cut it, cut straight across.
  • See your doctor or a podiatrist. If your pain gets worse or the infection does not go away, see a doctor. Doctors are specially trained to remove and prevent ingrown toenails.


Helping a pet deal with separation

There are times when pet owners have to leave their pets for an extended amount of time. For a lot of pets, having their routine switched up can increase anxiety and cause some bad habits. This tip will highlight some things you can do to help your pet cope with separation and decrease the anxiety they might experience.
  • Leave comfort items or background music. Leaving your pet with items that have your scent on them can calm them and it is a good way to remind them that you will be coming back. Leaving music or background noise of some kind can help because the house won't be completely silent and it can help give them something that will sooth them.
  • Don't exaggerate hellos and goodbyes. When you put too much emotion around your departure or return it can reinforce that the separation is a bad thing. When you leave the pet for the day, say goodbye in a calm way. When you return, say a gentle hello and wait for the pet to calm down before giving them affection. There is nothing wrong with showering them with love but if you wait until they have adjusted to you being home it is less likely to reinforce that you being away was a bad thing.
  • Don't leave your pet for too long. It's best to try not to leave your pet alone for longer than 8 hours. While there are times when you might need to be away for longer, it is usually best to try and figure out an alternative such as having someone drop by to check on your pet.


Driving at night

Driving at night can be difficult. Your surroundings seem different in the dark, and there are increased chances of accidents or animal activity. Here are some things that can make the potentially anxiety inducing experience a little smoother.
  • Get your eyes checked. Visibility decreases a lot in the dark. Other factors, such as bright oncoming lights, can make it hard for you to see as well. Getting your eyes checked to make sure you can see will help you and other drivers on the road.
  • Make sure your headlights are clean and in working order. Headlights are vital at night so drivers can see you and you can see what is ahead of you. Headlights that do not work or do not work well compromise your safety.
  • Use your high-beams when needed. If you live in a rural area, you may need to use your high beams more. You should turn them off at the first sign of oncoming lights or taillights. People do not always turn their high-beams off when they should. Avoid looking at oncoming high-beams or any oncoming lights as it is a risk to your vision.
  • Drive slower than you usually would. Remember that speed limits apply if the conditions are safe. If you don't feel safe driving in the dark, then slow down a little bit. It is not your fault if people become impatient.
  • Take frequent breaks. If you are driving a longer distance through the night, take breaks to prevent yourself from becoming too tired. It is good to stretch your legs and have a change of scenery. If you need to, pull over and take a nap or find a safe hotel to stay in.


Interesting Things (on TeenHelp)

A lot of content is posted to TeenHelp every single day, from threads to articles, social groups to albums. But it is difficult for even the most veteran user to keep on top of it all, so we have selected a few items from among the masses that we thought were interesting to draw your attention to.



Tips for surviving high school
For many people, getting through high school can be difficult. This user highlights some tips to help people survive their high school years.

Instagram eyebrows
This user is looking for suggestions on how to do Instagram eyebrows. Come here if you have thoughts or suggestions that will help this user.

What does abuse look like?
This thread details some of the warning signs of an abusive relationship. Come here if you have anything to add about what others can look for in regards to an abusive relationship.

First tattoo
The user in this thread is considering getting a tattoo and they have some questions about the process. Come here to provide insight and share your experiences.


Social Groups

TH Movie Group Watch
Watching movies is a great way to bring people together. This social group allows our users to plan times to view movies and discuss them.


Picture Of The Month

Each month we feature a picture by one of our users. If you would like to see your picture here please contact us by replying to this Newsletter, emailing us at publications@teenhelp.org, or messaging our Newsletter Officer (.:Bibliophile:.) on the website.

Picture by Oregano


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