A Few Tips On Depression Every Teen Must Read

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Hey there…Are you a teen? Feeling stressed with bells and whistles ringing in your head? Can’t take the stress from school/college anymore? Or your home responsibilities?

We feel you. Seriously.

 
The truth is, there are a lot of teens that share the same problems. And as much as we’d love to preach you that entire ‘hormone’ bull$hit, there are some deeper reasons that may urge you to feel sorry for yourself or even worse, blame yourself for the things you do and feelings you feel.

 
Flash news – we all feel moody, sad and grouchy once in a while. Just because you are in college doesn’t mean that the stress is on you all the time. After all, college is an exciting time for everyone, but it can also be a lot challenging for every student. Whether you are living abroad and independently or are still with your parents, meeting new people and getting a lot less sleep comes at its own cost.

 
So, if you have been feeling sad or hopeless or even irritable for a while, you might have depression.

 
No – we are not saying depression to stress you out even more. Depression is normal – even more normal for people who are aware of it (just like you now). It is a medical term with many symptoms and something that a lot of people share. The sadness and irritation you feel may be only a small part of depression. From the feelings of guilt to hopelessness, difficulties in sleeping, remembering or making decisions to even suicide and death thoughts, all of these are common symptoms of depression…

 
So, what to do and wipe out the depression out of your lifestyle?

 
There is only one thing that is proven to cure your depression: seeking professional help. And if you feel like a lunatic for doing that, just think about your day-to-day feelings and how destructive they actually are. OK – if you cannot make up your own mind and visit a professional, you can start with “self-medication”.

 
Yes, you can self-medicate yourself away from the depression. The best things to do include daily exercises, spending your time outside in nature and under the sun, getting enough sleep and avoiding all-nighters as well as cutting on the sugary products, alcohol and drugs.

 
In a nutshell, hanging out with your friends more and more, going out and exercising are the best ways to avoid depression or treat it yourself. And if you are now wondering what happens to the study sessions and college life, you should do one thing – break up every large task into a smaller ones and do them one by one, over a longer period of time. That way, you will have more time for your (true) self instead of your depressive thoughts and feelings.

 
So, are you ready to get organised and finally put an end to the self-destructiveness?

 
You can do it.

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Your 7-Step Guide To Visiting Amsterdam

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The Kingdom of Netherlands has it’s capital – and it is named Amsterdam.

In case you never heard of this beautiful city in Europe, you are missing on a lot. It is the largest city in Netherlands, but aside from that – one of the most growing tech scenes with tons of touristic activities and things to do.

Can we just say that Amsterdam has it all?

In a way, yes. And if you want to experience all of the things it has to offer, we have made a 7-step plan to guide you to the ‘City of Freedom’

1: Find The Best Hotel or AirBnB

After booking your plane to Amsterdam, it’s time to see where you will be staying. Although hotels are the most common choice for tourists, AirBnB is another great type of stay you must experience.

Basically, you can rent a room or an entire apartment through AirBnB and get to meet the host, hear some stories about the city and live like a local. Woah, isn’t that cool?

2: Get A Bike And Pedal Around The City

You are landing in Amsterdam, checkin into your hotel or AirBnB. What’s next?

Get a bike. In fact, you’ll look weird without one. Amsterdam is also known as ‘The City of Bikes’ because of the amazing culture on two wheels the city has. There are bike parking spots, lanes and even traffic lights everywhere!

So, why not rent a bike? (the prices are incredibly cheap!)

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3: Take a Tour On The ‘Red Light District’

The Red Light District is the world’s most popular urban area for prostitution and sex-oriented businesses, sex shops, strip clubs etc. While we are not trying to be rude here, going to Amsterdam and not seeing this street is like eating a hamburger without the meat!

Secret Tip: If you are a boy, you’ll love it!

4: Go Clubbing

Amsterdam has a vibrant clubbing scene. In fact, most of the world’s most popular DJs like Avicii, Hardwell, Tiesto, Afrojack and Armin van Buuren come from Netherlands. So…let’s just say that you’ll have a great time in some of the popular clubs in Amsterdam including Paradiso, Jimmy Woo and Bitterzoet.

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5: Shop For ‘Cookies’…

Amsterdam is known as the City of Freedom mostly because of the prostitution and drugs, which are legal in the country. And once again, while we are not meaning to be rude or point you to trying the weed, let’s just say that there are shops selling marijuana cookies, weed and other drugs everywhere across the city.

Step 6: Feed Your Artistic Soul

If you love arts, you’ll love Amsterdam – as simple as that. After all, it has the Rijksmuseum, which houses some of the most popular European masterpieces and the Van Gogh Museum, where you can see Vincent’s art from up close.

Even if you start painting on a canvas in the middle of the street, people won’t look at you in a strange way. Amsterdam loves art!

Step 7: Beer, Beer And More Beer…

There are dozens of different beers in Netherlands, and we challenge you to try them all. From the dark ones to the light pilseners, you will find an amazing variety and great tastes in some of the world’s best beer.

Did you know that Heineken, one of the most popular beers in the world, is made near Amsterdam. If you love this type of beer, you are definitely fit for the Heineken World Experience – an interactive tour which will fill all your beer senses!

So, are you ready?

Pack your bags, call your friends – and head to Amsterdam, creating unforgettable memories!

7 Tips For An Amazing Vacation To Tulum

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For anyone in need of a bit of R&R, a trip to the Yucatan Peninsula is just what they need to escape the hustle and bustle of their daily lives. While some like to visit Cancun, others prefer a quieter and more relaxed visit to Mexico, which is why they opt for the beautiful sights of Tulum. The area has grown in the past decade to become one of Mexico’s most desired vacation spots. It’s often considered a tucked-away jewel of the Mexican Riviera since it offers more of a secluded hideaway for guests looking for a more laid back vacation that the vibrant and busy atmosphere of Cancun, which is about an hour and a half away from Tulum.

A few of Tulum’s main attractions include its beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea, some of the best-preserved Mayan ruins, dozens of underwater caverns called cenotes and its bioreserves. It’s a place of true beauty, which is why many prefer Tulum over other desired tourist spots in Mexico, offering the luxury of relaxation with fun activities and plenty of culture, which all combines for an amazing vacation for just about anyone! Here are some great tips for an amazing vacation to Tulum:

  1. Ways to save money

Like any vacation, you’ll want to save money anywhere you can. Tulum is no different and since it’s an up-and-coming vacation destination, things are getting pricy in the region. But you can easily still save money by doing a few of these things:

  • Packing a beach bag – every time you head out to the beach, pack a bag. Even though Playa Paraiso beach is free for tourists, you’ll have to spend money if you want to do some of the watersports offered there or order any food. Even the hammocks will cost you, so cut down on spending by bringing your own snacks that you can easily buy for cheap at one of the many stores around the area.
  • Go for the freebies – when choosing where to stay, weigh in on the location’s incentives. Many locations offer different things like a free room upgrade, money off of spa services and complimentary bottles of wine and the like.
  • Plan ahead – Sometimes you can get a cheaper deal if you plan and book ahead instead of just going there and showing up for an activity that you’re interested in.
  1. When to visit

When planning your trip to Tulum, you’ll want to go when the weather is nice, which is between October and December. This is great if you’re trying to escape a winter wonderland and want to vacation in warmer weather. You’ll also benefit from post hurricane-season breezes and will love how reasonable hotels are this time of year. The height of Tulum tourist season is from January to March so avoid these months if you’re looking to avoid massive crowds in the area. From July to September, Tulum experiences hurricane season.

  1. Visit El Gran Cenote

The small underground cavern is great for swimming and diving. It was once considered sacred waters by the ancient Mayans, and you can even go snorkeling among the stalagmites and stalactites.

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  1. Check out the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

The region features many eco-parks and natural reserves, but the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve tops them all! It features 1.2 million acres of cenotes, wetlands, reefs and estuaries, as well as tons of local wildlife. You’ll definitely want to spend a day touring the reserve, going on a snorkeling tour or just embracing the reserve’s beauty by relaxing at a place that catches your eye.

  1. Visit the Tulum ruins

One of the main attractions in Tulum is the Tulum Ruins, which is one of the most popular sites along the Riviera Maya. The ruins feature various temples, castles and more from the pre-Colombian Mayans. The ruins sit over the ocean on top of a small cliff, making for amazing scenery. And the calm beach below is a great place to go swimming so bring your swimsuit!

  1. Scope out the local scene of the town of Tulum

The main town of Tulum is a great place filled with cool little shops that sell an array of locally made things and authentic Yucatan Peninsula food that you can’t experience anywhere else.

  1. Catch a show by the Voladores

Outside the entrance to the ruins, you can sometimes catch a small performance by a group of five guys in costumes as they perform flying and dancing stunts on top of a pole. They’re locally known as the Voladores and are actually recreating a pre-historic ritual that’s associated with the Totonac Indians from central Mexico.