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Wellness Reaction Paper Megan Stoneberg While reading this chapter on personal wellness, there were a few things that were new to me. The first was two types of club drugs, Sextasy and Destiny. Whoever came up with these names must have already been addicted because they are ridiculous. It turns out Sextasy is a MDMA and Viagra mix. How appropriately named. The effects of this drug are a heightened sexual experience, rapid heart rate, and increased blood pressure. The other club drug, Destiny, is synthetic heroin and the effects include feeling drowsy, painless, and having a floating sensation. Another interesting fact I read was that some medical research has suggested that exercise fights depression. It seems that people are to quick to medicate, and from this research, should at least attempt using this alternative before popping pills. The book also listed some causes of depression like genetic traits, chemical imbalances, stress, illness, injury, and Seasonal Affective Disorder. There were several self-help strategies if your are depressed and ways of decreasing depressive thoughts like playing positive songs, getting exercise, and talking with friends or a professional. It seems there are several little things you can try which seem to make a lot of sense (why fuel the fire by listening to some satanic death music) before prescription medication becomes necessary. In one particular section, the book discussed a few of the wide variety of benefits from regular physical fitness. I was already aware about the standard physical heath benefits (improving the cardiovascular system, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, etc.) but was surprised at the number of mental problems helped with exercise, some of these include preventing insomnia, increasing energy and confidence, and decreasing levels of stress. As I said before, that standard “help” that is handed out for these problems is medication. I’m curious as to why there is not more awareness and attention being drawn to this by doctors. I haven’t known anyone who has been given such advice for these types of problems and it seems pretty ridiculous not to mention a self-help option with such good results. I also learned that wellness incorporates body, mind, and soul. I have never really though of the soul as a contributor to wellness, but it makes sense. Spirituality can have such an impact on a person’s life, why wouldn’t it be a source for personal wellness? Some changes I need to make to improve my personal wellness are establishing healthier eating habits and becoming more physically active. Making time for some sort of exercise every day (whether swimming, walking, yoga, etc.) will help me to better myself and create and maintain a personal wellness plan. Also some other mind and soul activities that the book suggested that seem useful are thinking positively, surrounding yourself with positive people, and creating ways to decompress after school to avoid anxiety and possible depression. To a college student, and anyone else, using these strategies will help for a more holistic approach to personal wellness and allow individuals to take their health in their own hands.