2020 Louisiana Next: Your Guide to Life After High School

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Safe and Sound Good advice for Generation Z

Just don’t do it Any activity that takes your

Clear the air If you’ve got a vaping habit, it’s

Feeling blue The pandemic certainly hasn’t

Let’s work out! Any major life event can

eyes off the road or your hands

time to quit. Physicians and health

helped the fact that more and

affect your health, especially

off the steering wheel is con-

care professionals have long

more young people have been

your weight—moving to a new

sidered distracted driving. This

warned of the dangers of e-ciga-

diagnosed with depression and

city, getting married, or starting

includes eating and drinking,

rettes, which have been marketed

anxiety in recent years, according

a new job, for example. Taking

talking on your phone, and (the

to teenagers with flavors like cot-

to the Centers for Disease Control.

good care of yourself means get-

absolute worst offense) texting.

ton candy, bubblegum and green

The good news is that medication,

ting regular exercise, which could

Just don’t do it. No message is

apple. But the “habit” is now a

therapy, and lifestyle changes can

be as simple as going for a daily

worth losing your license and cer-

bonafide crisis since COVID-19

have a positive effect. So see your

walk or making routine trips to

tainly isn’t worth taking someone’s

has been shown to cause severe

doctor if you notice these warning

the gym. Find a buddy to work out

life. Set your smart phone to dis-

lung damage and breathing is-

signs: changes in appetite, exces-

with you. It keeps you account-

able texts while you drive. It could

sues, even for those patients who

sive sleeping, lack of interest in

able and makes exercise a lot

literally save a life, including yours

recover. It’s just not worth it, so

things that were once enjoyable,

more fun.

or that of a loved one.

kick the habit.

trouble concentrating, irritability, and thoughts of suicide.