As a college student, you will eventually feel crushed underneath the workload of tuition, assignments, studying, grades, and all your responsibilities. Taking care of yourself tends to be forgotten. But self-care may be the difference between your passing or failing both as a student and as a human. Haley Cummings in a Collegiate Times article explains, “Self-care means taking time to improve mental, emotional and physical health.” Crucial steps to self-health is knowing yourself. Take the time to recognize the things that bring you joy and define you as a person, she suggets. The American Psychological Association illustrates the risks of unresolved stress. There isRead More →

College is hard enough as it is, from paying for books, getting to class on time, to just trying to balance life and a higher education. But what if, on top of all that, students also had psychological issues, and what if they didn’t even know they had these psychological issues, and even more distressing what if they didn’t do anything to cause these issues. For at least 64 percent of the general population this suffering is real, according to the Center for Disease Control.  According to the Center for Disease Control, or CDC, over half of the population suffer effects from Adverse Childhood Experiences,Read More →

Students who are preparing Thanksgiving dinner for the first time need recipes that are easy to follow and accurate results. For generations, newspapers have provided recipes during the holiday season that any home cook can turn to when racking their brains for Thanksgiving dish ideas. It’s these top six that always stick around. Green Bean Casserole: The casserole, created in 1955 by Campbell’s, is a popular side dish made with green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and french fried onions. Some family recipes add cheese, bacon, or nutmeg to it as well. Here are some simple directions: In a 13×9 baking dish, mix one canRead More →

College students love nothing more than a hot caffeinated beverage, especially when their least favorite class gets canceled. Although coffee is a caffeine favorite, tea is also a valued option with a broader variety of flavors. “I believe tea has so many health benefits, ranging from controlling blood pressure to skin benefits. It is also a relaxing treat in the evening or a refreshing beverage in the heat of summer. Something as simple as tea can be relaxing and have an assortment of health benefits and is packed full of antioxidants, so I definitely recommend drinking it to relax and reap the health benefits,” secondRead More →

Roseburg is bustling with fresh produce and products from farmer’s markets, U-Pick farms and local vendors as harvest season begins. UCC students are joining others in becoming more active in the natural local produce/eating trend. “I like going to the farmers market because not only am I getting to support local businesses, but I also get to meet the people who own those businesses. It’s a great opportunity to buy healthy, fresh produce and make connections within my community,” said Sarah Orsingher, engineering major. The Umpqua Valley Farmers’ Market hosts numerous vendors who sell a variety of farm-fresh goods including high quality produce, baked goods,Read More →

Signs at convenience stores and shops such as Center Market until recently had been displaying the words: Kratom Sold Here. Sunstone Organics, a company located in Pleasant Hill, Oregon founded by kratom users provides local shops with their product. Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), a botanical substance with uses varying across cultures, up until February was being sold to help overcome opioid addiction when the FDA shut it down by classifying it as an opioid. The FDA made this classification due to the chemical structure similarities kratom shares with other controlled opioids and the 44 reported deaths associated with kratom use, although the majority of the casesRead More →

The last few weeks of the term can be stressful. Finding different ways of coping can help to relieve some of that stress. All of these tips can help reduce stress in the next few weeks while all the first 3 are tips that can help for a lifetime. A good place to start is by eating healthy. There are numerous benefits to eating healthy. When it comes to studying, eating whatever may be convenient can have some negative effects. According to the Time.com “the quick calories of processed carbohydrates will ultimately leave you exhausted.” Veggies, whole grains and lean protein can go a longRead More →

Staying active can be difficult in the winter months. For those who are not so inclined to be on the hiking trails, here are a few other ways to keep busy. There are many different forms of games that a person can play. But, according to ThinkMobiles.com the best ones to play on the go are Geolocation Augmented Reality, or AR. The website goes on to define geolocation AR games as games that, “use the real-world maps and locations as the gaming environment augmenting them with unique plot, fantastic creatures and amazing quests.” All of these games are within your reach and available on yourRead More →

As they tackle education and adulthood simultaneously, students are finding themselves overwhelmed and spread a little too thin. The American College Health Association claims that depression rates in college students have been on the rise the past several years, with studies from researchers such as Hunt and Eisenberg showing that many other mental health disorders are also rising in number and severity. Why is this the case? Well, UCC students are attempting to balance classes, work, personal relationships, family life and leisure time all while learning how to “adult” well. These copious responsibilities require students to develop a high stress tolerance. To that end, springRead More →

With the new school term in full swing, students may be faced with the challenge of maintaining their fitness goals. According to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control, about 36 percent of U.S. adults are obese. In Douglas County, that rate is about 35 percent as reported by the Open Data Network using government statistics. The obesity is not just limited to adults. The Blue Zones Project, a local advocacy group for community health, writes that in 2015 about 28 percent of Douglas County 8th graders were obese. The UCC Fitness Center and Gymnasium provides a non-credit per term enrollment that allows students to accessRead More →

MADISYN ASHCRAFT  The Mainstream Teenagers have a constant trend that has been ongoing for some time now. It’s called stupidity. Are all teenagers dumb? No. Some doing ridiculous things are actually smart and have plenty of friends already, so why do these teenagers follow these stupid trends? Who knows which deadly trend was the first in this merry-go-round of demise, but teens lately have followed the cinnamon challenge, salt and ice challenge and the absolutely stupid Tide Pod challenge. The cinnamon challenge first appeared in 2001 but became popular in 2007. The challenge was to consume as many spoonfuls of cinnamon in 60 seconds as possibleRead More →

SAVANAH OBRIEN  The Mainstream Post-holiday financial struggles, a rampant flu strain, looming FAFSA, OSAC, and university application deadlines and upcoming midterms, along with a persistent layer of fog hanging over the town gives students much to feel overwhelmed by. Students with complex lives and long lists of responsibilities, easily forget the relief that a simple breath of fresh air can bring. Business major Margo Forthman destresses with “ecotherapy,” broadly defined as a process of healing and growth through interaction with the earth. “The beauty and peace of nature is what draws me in. It helps my mind relax and see the beauty that surrounds me,Read More →

MICHELLE WILLIAMS  The Mainstream While the weather may still be deciding its perfect temperature, the flu has hit the streets in hopes of finding new friends. In addition to the basic cold symptoms, the flu symptoms include fever, body aches, nausea, headache and chills, according to the Mayo Clinic. With symptoms like these, it can be helpful to have a few preventative tips. The flu shot is one way to reduce suffering. According to the CDC, the “vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about 2 weeks after vaccination.” For most, these protect against infection. Wendy Sue Swanson, a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s HospitalRead More →