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Newsletter #106 - Inexpensive bedroom decor; how to eat healthier; how to help a choking adult.

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Posted January 20th 2019 at 09:37 PM by TeenHelp

TeenHelp Newsletter


TeenHelp Newsletter #106 - January 20th 2019 - 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!

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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.

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Promote TeenHelp 2019

If you have enjoyed using TeenHelp and you think other people might benefit from it, then we'd really appreciate if you could spend a bit of time trying to promote us to other young people. Click on the "Promote TeenHelp" box in resources for more information.

http://www.teenhelp.org/resources/

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Holiday competition winners (December 30th 2018)

Teenhelp recently ran a creative competition and the winners were announced. Feel free to check out this thread to see who won. Congratulations to our winners.

http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f2-an...etion-winners/

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TeenHelp Winter Awards and Volunteer Of The Year 2018 (December 28th 2018)

We recently announced our Winter Awards where we recognize and reward numerous types of contributions by our users. We would like to congratulate everyone who won an award. Your hard work and dedication to the site is appreciated.

http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f2-an...r-year-2018-a/

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Latest Articles (January 3rd 2019)

Your menstrual cycle: understanding weight gain
Someone can experience a variety of symptoms during their menstrual cycle, including weight gain. This article explains why weight gain happens and how to reduce it.

How volunteering helped me
Volunteering can be incredibly rewarding for everyone involved. One user explains their experience with volunteering and how it has helped them in their life.

Different types of hysterectomies
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. The ovaries, fallopian tubes, and cervix may also be removed. Read this article to learn about the different types of hysterectomies and why they may be needed.

Healthy Tips for Teenagers to Maintain Great Pearly Whites
Practicing good dental hygiene is important in order to maintain the health and appearance of your teeth and gums. This article suggests ways to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

http://www.teenhelp.org/articles/

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Resources

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.

http://www.teenhelp.org/resources/

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The Dougy Center

The Dougy Center provides a safe place where teens, children and their families who are experiencing grief can share their experiences. Their website has excellent resources that include finding a local support group, tip sheets, podcasts and much more!

https://www.dougy.org/

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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.

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Inexpensive bedroom decor

Decorations for your bedroom (or other areas) are often expensive. Here are a few ways to decorate without breaking the bank.
  • Use string lights. String lights around your furniture or other areas of your room for a personal and colorful touch. Lights come in many different colors and are often easy to find in stores during the holiday season or online on websites such as Amazon. For convenience, consider plugging your lights into a timer so you can choose the time of day you'd like them to be lit.
  • Surround yourself with pictures. Pictures of friends and family or landscapes and other items give the room a warmer feel. Clip them onto string lights or twine, or decorate your own picture frames to use.
  • Try using pillows. Pillows are a fun way to express yourself. To combat the space they use, try getting a few standard size pillows and various zippering pillow cases. When you are tired of a look, you can easily switch out the case without having to purchase a new pillow.
  • Experiment with a vase or two. Though they look pretty while holding flowers, that is not all they can do. Depending on the size and shape, you can fill them with decorative items such as beads or you can wrap bracelets, ribbon, or other items around them.
  • Put decals on your walls. Decals, or wall stickers, are a creative and mess free way to decorate your walls. They are particularly helpful for people who rent and cannot put nails or pins onto their walls.
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f219-lifestyle/

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Healthy eating

Eating healthier in the weeks following the holidays is something a lot of people struggle with. Here are a few aspects to consider when you’re trying to watch your intake.
  • Pay attention to your portions. Try to cut back on your portions if you feel as though they are impacting you. If you eat out a lot, choose a healthier alternative, or share an entree with a friend or a family member. If you are eating alone or cannot share an entree, try eating from the kid's menu for a smaller portion size. A lot of times it is possible to eat what you like as long as you have appropriate portions.
  • Stay hydrated. It is important to keep your body hydrated so it can sustain your day to day activities. Consider drinking more water. If you prefer more flavor, try flavoring your water with flavor packets or using a fruit infuser to add something different to your palate. Note that many drinks such as juices, sodas, and alcohol give your body a lot of extra energy that may be stored as fat.
  • Eat mindfully. Eating mindfully can enable you to listen to your body’s needs. Eating slowly, for instance, can help because your body will need less food to feel full. Other ways you can eat mindfully include being free of electronic distractions and talking or being present with how your body physically feels.
  • Treat yourself every so often. People have different ways of doing this, so find what works best for you. Just know that restricting yourself entirely of the foods you like can be difficult; you can still treat yourself to these foods in moderation.
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f16-general-health/

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Helping a choking adult

When someone is choking on food or an object, they are unable to talk, breathe, or cough the object up. They may put their hands on their necks to indicate they are choking. It is important to act quickly when someone is choking to remove the object.
  • Stand behind the person who is choking.
  • Make a fist and place it slightly above the person's belly button. Place your other hand on top of your fist.
  • Press into the stomach using fast, upward motions. It is okay to press hard in order to get the object out. Perform at least six to ten thrusts, or until the object is no longer blocking the throat.
  • The person should seek medical attention after choking. Also, if you cannot remove the object, the person becomes unconscious, or you are not sure of how to help, call your local emergency number for more assistance.
  • It is important to note that this tip should not be a substitute for medical advice. It is useful to take classes in first aid and CPR to learn the best way to help during medical emergencies [Source].
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f16-general-health/

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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.

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Threads

Nightmares
There are some people that struggle with nightmares, the user in this thread is asking for tips on how to deal with the nightmares they are experiencing. Feel free to share your ideas in this thread.
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f14-m...88-nightmares/

Advocating for myself with doctors
Seeking help from doctors can be nerve wracking especially when it feels like they aren't listening. This user is asking for suggestions on how to best advocate for themselves with their doctors. If you have suggestions come to this thread and share them.
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f16-g...yself-doctors/

Online games
Many of our users enjoy playing online games. If you know if any free, multiplayer games users can play together, share them here.
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f24-t...ome-questions/

How to improve my characters/stories
The user in this thread is asking for suggestions on how they can improve their stories and characters. If you have suggestions feel free to come to this thread and help the author out.
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f40-s...cters-stories/

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Social Groups

Hurting Love
If you are hurting or would like to help those who are hurting please join this social group. This social group is here to help you through any hurt you might be feeling.
http://www.teenhelp.org/socialgroups/g65-hurting+love/

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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 MsNobleEleanor

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Upcoming events

Valentine's Day chat support (February 13th and 14th 2019)

Valentine's Day can be a difficult day for many, regardless of whether or not they are in a relationship. We understand this and we're holding a few chat supports on February 13th and 14th. Times will be shared when they become available.

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Donate to TeenHelp

In order to continue providing free services to young people around the world, TeenHelp requires a constant income of voluntary donations to support our regular costs. If you are able to, we ask that you please donate any money you can to us, even if it's only a few dollars.

http://www.teenhelp.org/donate/

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Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter

Our social networking pages are a great place to get a lot of high-quality information. We aim to connect you to interesting organisations, volunteering opportunities, events, news stories, pictures, videos, and more!

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Editorial team

Publications Team Leader/Editor-in-Chief: Haley (Halcyon)
Newsletter Officer: Jenna (.:Bibliophile:.)
Senior Newsletter Editor: Cassie (cynefin)
Newsletter Editor: Chantal (MsNobleEleanor)
Newsletter Editor: Dez (Melancholia.)
Newsletter Editor: Sammi (Ambedo.)
Newsletter Editor: Frankie (Oh, Bother)

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