Health

Read blogs in our health category for information and advice on how to keep a healthy mind and body during college.

Why “Doing it All” Isn’t Always “Doing it Well”

More than ever, students feel the pressure to be absolutely perfect. We are bombarded with countless opportunities to get involved, support a cause, or enhance our resume. The era of FOMO (fear of missing out) is upon us. All hope is not lost! With a little effort, even the busiest among us can find ways to start doing a few things well instead of doing all the things. At eCampus.com, we pride ourselves on specializing in one thing: textbooks. Read ahead to learn a few things from the “doing one thing well” pros..

Invest Your Time

Instead of cramming your schedule full of stuff that won’t matter in 5 years, focus on doing something that will have a long-term benefit. Consider picking up an internship at a local business in place of taking an extra course in Underwater Basket-Weaving. Your hands-on experience (even if it’s unpaid) can help make you a standout candidate for a future job!

When eCampus.com was created in 1999, (See?! We’re a millennial too!) we decided that saving college students thousands on textbooks would create a long-term ripple effect. When you’re able to save on that Math 105 textbook – you’re able to invest in your other hobbies and interests.

Care About It

A foundation in doing a few things well is to make sure that you actually care about them. Take a few minutes to sit down and think, journal, meditate on the things that matter to you. That’s your starting point. Design your schedule and life around the things that make you tick! This will ensure that you stay motivated and focused on achieving your goals. Plus, it will help you weed out the opportunities that may not be suited for your personality.

Residing in the heart of Kentucky, eCampus.com knows the value of having a culture that cares about what we do. Our main focus has always been, and always will be, college students of all kinds. We want to be the most trusted and efficient textbook retailer in the country – and that’s what we try to do every single day!

Relax!

Last but not least, a key to doing a few things really well is to know when to chill. out. Millennials are doing a lot better than their parents in knowing how to self-care, but we aren’t perfect. There is no way that you will be able to do much of anything if you live in a constant state of stress. Take a few minutes out of every day to be present in the moment… think about yourself and what you need at that moment, and go get it.

This point drives us eCampus.com to make our website and process as simple as possible. Don’t waste time scrolling through pages of search results from a website that sells books as a side gig. Make it easy, fast, and cheap by sticking with the company that knows one thing really well: eCampus.com

Top 25 Highest Paying Jobs of 2018

When it comes to searching for a career, you want to make sure it’s worth your while. The U.S. News and World Report compiled data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics and determined the best jobs of 2018 based on pay rate and levels of satisfaction. Look through this list of the top 25 highest paying jobs in 2018 to see if there’s a profession you’re interested in.

 

1. Anesthesiologist

Anesthesiologists have the job of administering either general or regional anesthetics to allow the surgeon to complete intrusive, painful procedures without discomforting the patient. Anesthesiologists also monitor the patient’s vital signs along with their critical life functions before, during, and after the surgery.

Average Salary: $208,000

Opportunities for advancements and salary is above average, the stress level of the job is high, and the flexibility is low.

2. Surgeon

Surgeon’s do operations on patients with injuries, diseases, or deformities. They can train to become a general surgeon, or choose to specialize in certain fields such as a cardiologist, plastic surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, etc.

Average Salary: $208,000

Opportunities for advancements and salary is average, the stress level of the job is high, and job flexibility is low.

3. Obstetrician and Gynecologist

Obstetricians and Gynecologists help maintain women’s reproductive health, care for women during their pregnancy and just after a baby is born, screen for HPV and STD’s, and manage contraceptives. You can’t be a obstetrician without being a gynecologist. Obstetricians are often referred to as OB-GYN’s due to their training in all of these fields.

Average Salary: $208,000

Opportunities for advancements and salary is above average, the stress level of the job is above average, and job flexibility is below average.

4. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons perform operations on the face, mouth, and jaw. They can diagnose and treat patients with head, neck, and oral cancer as well. Unlike a dentist, these surgeons have to go through an additional four years of surgical training.

Average Salary: $208,000

Opportunities for job advancements and salary is average, the stress level of the job is above average, and job flexibility is below average.

5. Orthodontist

Orthodontists are tasked with the job of fixing improper bites and realigning crooked teeth through the use of braces, retainers, and other appliances. Their job not only helps patients maintain proper function of their jaws, but also perfects their smiles as well!

Average Salary: $208,000

Opportunities for advancements and salary is average, the stress level of the job is below average, and job flexibility is above average.

6. Physician

Physicians cover all of the medical fields including primary care providers, OB-GYN, cardiologists, dermatologists, neurologists, etc. Their job is to diagnose and treat patients for a range of medical issues.

Average Salary: $196,380

Opportunities for advancements and salary is above average, the stress level of the job is high, and the flexibility of the job is average.

7. Psychiatrist

Psychiatrists pertain to diagnosing and treating patients with mental health conditions. They’ll design a treatment plan once they diagnose the patient and will prescribe them with medications. If severe enough, psychiatrists can also recommend hospitalizations for patients.

Average Salary: $194,740

Opportunities for advancements and salary is average, the stress level of the job is above average, and the flexibility of the job is average.

8.  Pediatrician

Pediatricians provide physical, mental, and emotional care to children from infancy to adolescence. They also provide numerous subspecialties ranging from oncology to hematology along with behavioral pediatrics and psychiatry.

Average Salary: $168,990

Opportunities for advancements and salary is average, the stress level of the job is above average, and the flexibility of the job is average.

9. Dentist

Dentist help maintain the health of the patient’s mouth, gums, and teeth. Their duties include filling cavities, extracting teeth when needed, and diagnosing oral diseases. They’ll be accompanied by a dental hygienist and a dental assistant.

Average Salary: $153,900

Opportunities for advancements and salary is average, the stress level of the job is average, and the flexibility of the job is above average.

10.  Prosthodontist

Prosthodontists are dental specialists who repair and replace missing teeth. They’ll replace teeth through the means of building oral prostheses in place of real teeth. These treatments help patients in a number of ways such as fixing people who have trouble with eating, storing speech, or just their appearance.

Average Salary: $153,900

Opportunities for advancements and salary is average, the stress level of the job is above average, and job flexibility is below average.

11. Nurse Anesthetist

Nurse anesthetist use various drugs and inhaled gases in order to administer anesthesia to patients. This allows surgeons to complete operations without discomforting the patient. Nurse anesthetists can either work independently or with an anesthesiologist.

Average Salary: $160,270

Opportunities for advancements and salary is above average, the stress level of the job is above average, and the job flexibility is below average

12. Petroleum Engineer

Petroleum engineers create and design equipment to aid in the process of extracting oil from reservoirs. They must analyze data for the safest extraction along with evaluating and refining systems.

Average Salary: $128,230

Opportunities for advancements and salary is above average, the stress level of the job is above average, and job flexibility is below average.

13. IT Manager

IT managers supervise software and hardware upgrades, and protect the office network from malware and hackers. They must coordinate with top executives in technological related matters, plan upgrades for existing software and hardware, and negotiate with vendors for the service of existing products or the purchase of new products.

Average Salary: $135,800

Opportunities for advancements and salary is above average, the stress level of the job is high, and job flexibility is below average.

14. Marketing Manager

Marketing managers have a wide range of tasks on a day-to-day basis with no consistent schedule. They do everything in the field ranging from hiring staff and team building, strategic planning, designing, and managing budgets.

Average Salary: $131,180

Opportunities for advancements and salary is above average, the stress level of the job is above average, and job flexibility is below average.

15. Podiatrist

 Podiatrists are physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of the foot and ankle. Their tasks range from treating ingrown toenails and bunions, to fractures and sprains. Podiatrists will perform ankle implantment surgeries if necessary.

Average Salary: $124,830

Opportunities for advancements and salary is average, the stress level of the job is average, and job flexibility is average.

16.  Lawyer

There is a wide range of what lawyers can specialize in ranging from criminal to civil legal matters. Lawyers represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies. They conduct rigorous amounts of research, analyze prior cases, solicit testimonials from witnesses, and draw up legal documents.

Average Salary: $118,160

Opportunities for advancements and salary is average, the stress level of the job is high, and job flexibility is below average.

17.  Financial Manager

Financial managers have the responsibility of advising and controlling the check book, overseeing the finances of major companies, agencies, the cash flows of projects, and coordinating accounting practices. To be in the world of finance, you have to be skilled in handling numbers and communications.

Average Salary: $121,750

Opportunities for advancements and salary is high, the stress level of the job is high, and the job flexibility is average.

18. Sales Manager

Sales managers direct the distribution of a company’s product into the hands of the customer. They plan out staff training programs, create strategies for the sales teams, push the sales team to meet short and long term sales goals, recruit and hire new members, find new sales territories, and more. They also have to work closely with the marketing department in order to identify new customers and target markets.

Average Salary: $117,960

Opportunities for advancements and salary is average, the stress level of the job is high, and the job flexibility is below average.

19.  Financial Advisor

Financial advisors meet with clients and guide them through their finances. This usually involves sitting down and creating budgets, establishing retirement plans, advising investments, and investing the client’s funds on their behalf.

Average Salary: $90,530

Opportunities for advancements and salary is above average, the stress level of the job is above above average, and the flexibility of the job is average.

20. Business-Operations Manager

Business-operations managers help coordinate the end goals of various departments within a company. Their tasks include hiring people, negotiating contracts, making strategy decisions, guiding teams on projects, addressing budget matters, and many other things that aid a company’s internal workings.

Average Salary: $99,310

Opportunities for advancements and salary is above average, the stress level of the job is above average, and the job flexibility is below average.

21. Pharmacist

Pharmacists aid patients with their prescribed medications. They fill out prescriptions, list out all potential side effects of the prescriptions, instruct patients on what to do if side effects do occur, keep records, and work with insurance companies.

Average Salary: $122,230

Opportunities for advancements and salary is above average, the stress level of the job is above average, and job flexibility is below average.

22. Optometrist

Optometrists do multiple eye tests on patients to determine common eye sight issues such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. They’ll then issue glasses or contact lenses if needed. optometrists also check for any eye diseases such as glaucoma an prescribe medications accordingly.

Average Salary: $106,140

Opportunities for advancements and salary is average, the stress level of the job is average, and the job flexibility is above average.

 

23. Actuary

Actuaries use math, statistics, and financial theory to manage financial risks and uncertainties. They are a vital source for insurance industries and help create strategies to prevent future disasters.

Average Salary: $100,610

Opportunities for advancements and salary is above average, the stress level of the job is average, and the job flexibility is average.

24. Political Scientist

Political Scientists use their expertise on law and policies to see how it affects the government, businesses, and people. They are able to forecast trends and current affairs by looking back through history and analyzing it.

Average Salary: $114,290

Opportunities for advancements and salary is below average, the stress level of the job is average, and the job flexibility is average.

25. Medical and Health Services Manager

Medical and health services managers work behind the scenes to manage, direct, and coordinate health facilities in order to help keep them running efficiently. These managers spend most of their time working with doctors and health administrators.

Average Salary: $96,540

Opportunities for advancements and salary is above average, the stress level of the job is above average, and the job flexibility is above average.

 

Time Flies – How to Slow Down & Enjoy It

Is it just me or is time moving way too fast?! Yet another semester over and another begins. Gretchen Rubin famously wrote, “The days are long, but the years are short.” Every day has a monotonous undertone and this is due to the fact that I know my schedule like the back of my hand. I am unconsciously going about the week as it is a good schedule, but a familiar one. Maybe you can relate, but I am here to tell you there are ways to perceive time more slowly. We do not have to be time’s hostage in this life. We are human and we will use our humanity as a tool to deliberately manipulate time. Here are some easy tricks to assist you in your life if you feel time slipping by too briskly.

Appreciate the little things

It is no secret that as we grow older, we take things for granted. Our computers, phones, cars, home, and even friends and family. You cannot blame us either as it is due to hedonic adaptation: the phenomenon where humans have a tendency to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes. When you receive a new phone, it feels like the most ingenious device ever invented by man. Then after a month or two goes by, you are back to your “it’s just a phone” mindset. Could you imagine your life without a phone? This piece of metal and glass that connects you with most anyone and has all of the information published thus far in history, but you still throw it around to fidget with.

The point is, to welcome novelty into your life. Remember when you were a child and everything was mind blowing to you? Induce a little childlike wonder into your day-to-day. Darwin said, “Attention, if sudden and close, graduates into surprise; and this into astonishment; and this into stupefied amazement.” Take just about anything into your hands and really focus on it. Think about how much work has gone into making this thing, what it can do for you, and if it did not exist. You will quickly learn to be thankful for this object and see it differently every time you see it again. A little bit of gratitude goes a long way.

Plan for things

Do you remember the month of December as a child? Did it not feel like an eternity until winter holidays? Anxiously awaiting your gifts as you see presents begin to slowly appear under a tree in your living room. We can use the same principle as a tool in our lives. Plan for a trip or some event way in the future. Make it something you really want to do to be enthusiastic for it. Have a countdown timer that you can always refer to to shorten your patience. It is similar to if I asked you to close your eyes and not say anything. Then, tell me when you believe three minutes have passed. Minutes would drag on as when you focus on time, it slows down.

Don’t plan for other things

Planning a fun trip is a great way to slow time and have an adventure by the end of it, but how can I slow time down even more every day? Being spontaneous is an enjoyable tactic that you can perform with the free time you possess. Instead of binge watching Netflix shows, go for a walk or a bike ride in your area. If one sat down and watched shows all day versus taking a leisurely stroll through town, who would you say had a longer and more enriching time? It is important to shake up the routine often to be a more well-rounded person. When you feel yourself apart of your own familiar agenda with free time, this should be a cue to do something different. Go visit a new coffee shop and read a book or take a drive and bring along a coin to decide which way you turn. An added plus is when you are more spontaneous, you are going to be a better time to be around. We all like the person that flips the script when you are with them.

Learn a new hobby

Last time I ask you to think back to your childhood. Remember learning an instrument or practicing a sport? How long did it take you to learn cursive? Learning is a process and while it should be fun, it is also taxing on your mind. We can use this for our benefit to elongate the fourth dimension. Pick up a new skill be it drawing, gardening, cooking, photography, coding, or dancing. As a personal preference, it is good to pick a hobby that has a tangible result so the progress you make is clearly shown. This will make your motivation to stick with it more difficult to diminish. There is also no need to be hard on yourself with learning a new hobby. Remember that you are doing this to make your life more interesting and vivid.

There is an overarching theme throughout these tricks and that is to be mindful of yourself and anything not yourself. Taking in the world with a fresh pair of eyes can be the difference between a life of banality or a life of excitement. Living life to the fullest while we can, is the only fulfilling option we hold. Be grateful for our friends and family for being people we can trust and knowing that they trust us. To beat eternity is to stretch every moment into an eternity.

5 Ways to Survive the Stress of College

College is the best of times and the worst of times. Close friends, bad food, and memories to last a lifetime. College is also a ton of work whether it is yet another essay, pages of homework, or staying up all night finishing a group assignment that you have not started until that night, the workload is more than enough to cause stress. Here are five easy and helpful tips to see next semester with gratitude instead of attitude.

Organize and Plan

Keeping everything clean and easy to find is a simple way to experience less stress. Buy a binder or folders to keep the classes separate and to have a central location to put all of the papers. It also may be worthwhile to buy a planner or to use the calendar on your phone to remind you of assignments. Find what works best for you and invest in organizing yourself. Same goes with your computer. Create folders on your computer to have a location to save to when you are working on something digital. No more putting everything in your downloads and searching for the date modified instead of the arbitrary title you named it.

Studying can be boring and monotonous at times but try different studying methods to boost your morale. The Pomodoro Technique is the one I use which is to put a timer for 25 minutes and with zero distractions, you start your work. Go at your own pace but make sure you have everything on do not disturb so nothing will tempt you to sway away from work. After the timer goes off, you have five minutes to do what ever you need to do and then set another 25 minutes to work. This allows you to be efficient with the time you are offering yourself and still have some time for cat videos.

For your own mental sanity, set aside time to work and play every day. Have a goal in mind and when that is complete, go reward yourself with doing something you love. Psychologically, a reward system to finishing work provides the great benefits and little residual damage from the labor.

Exercise

Getting the heart pumping can be a great way to relieve stress when college has you down. Going for a run, lifting weights, or dancing for a period of time can help to reset your mind and body to attack the day with relentless optimism. Not to mention it regulates your sleep cycle, metabolism and energy. Would it not be great if you did not have to drink four cups of coffee throughout the day? Exercise may just be the answer you are looking for to obtain more energy for your day.

Meditation

Simply breathing can make a world of difference for your mindset. Meditating every day can provide positive benefits such as an increase in happiness, self-awareness, and concentration. It also decreases stress, anxiety, and aging. “Meditation is mind without agitation,” Narasimhan says. When it comes to stress, we could all use a mind without unnecessary turbulence. Reminding yourself what your purpose is and aligning your values through breathing often can make your motivation unstoppable.

If you do not have time for simple meditation, get credit for it. Most Universities have stress management courses offered in their curriculum. The class is an easy three elective credits and truly does assist you in your college journey. Look for it under the social work category of classes.

GET MORE SLEEP

I know this sounds a little counter-intuitive. Getting less time to do more work? Sleep holds amazing benefits that we have grown to forget. The simple method here is to be more productive, sleep more. When we lack sleep, our quality of work decreases. You may be doing a lot of work but probably not a lot of quality work. There are serious health problems with sleep deprivation such as trouble concentrating, high blood pressure, risk for diabetes, risk of heart disease, weakened immunity, and weight gain. Basically throwing all the benefits of meditation and exercise away because you are not sleeping enough. Take the time needed each night and get a full eight hours (or as close to as you can) of sleep. Tiredness is not a trophy and it is something we should not be striving for.

Do Something Creative

This one is easy. Every person has their form of art be it painting, drawing, playing an instrument, cooking, or underwater basket weaving. Setting time aside every day to mastering your craft is a fun way to relieve stress and increase overall well-being. According to a 2016 study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, engaging in just one creative activity each day can make you more likely to feel “energetic, enthusiastic, [and] excited.” It goes on to say, “Overall, these findings support the emerging emphasis on everyday creativity as a means of cultivating positive psychological functioning.” There you go, science has now supported the idea of creating art for clear benefits. Get working and create something beautiful.

College is an adventurous odyssey filled with self-discovery and a metric ton of ramen noodles. It is a lot of seemingly unnecessary work and stress but it is all worth it in the end. Hopefully with these simple methods of stress management, college will be more of a positive experience.

Scheduling Appointments: A Guide for Young Adults

For many young adults, college is the first step towards becoming independent. The freedom that comes with living on your own is wonderful! However, there is more to being an adult than buying groceries. College students are notorious for forgetting to plan for health and maintenance concerns previously handled by their parents. Here are five of the most important (and overlooked) appointments that you will need to regularly schedule as an adult.

Dentist Appointments

Dental Visits

No one likes going to the dentist, but keeping your teeth healthy needs to be a priority. If you brush your teeth as recommend, a routine cleaning every six months is often enough to keep your teeth in top shape. If you have any lingering concerns, you should speak to your dentist about scheduling additional appointments. Also, remember to change your toothbrush every three to four months.

Oil Change

Oil Changes

If you own a car you will need to have the oil changed on a regular basis. The old rule of thumb was every 3,000 miles, but now most manufacturers recommend referring to your owners manual for guidance. Many dealerships and automotive repair shops offer an oil change package that includes an oil change, tire rotation, and point inspections on the most commonly worn out areas of the car (wipers, tires, battery, etc.). Some shops even offer special discounts to college students.

Dr.'s Appointments

Doctor Visits

If you take any type of prescription medication, it may be necessary to visit the doctor at regular intervals to renew your prescription. The interval at which you visit your doctor is determined by the type of medicine you’re prescribed. Always make sure you have your next appointment scheduled before you run out of medicine. You don’t want to risk going without it for a few days, especially if the medication takes time to build up in your bloodstream.

Hair Appointments

Hair Cuts

This might seem a little more trivial than the other items on the list, but it is still something you need to do. Long lengths of time without a haircut can damage your hair and give you an unprofessional appearance. There are many places that offer student discounts for basic hair cuts. Also, some places allow you to walk in and receive service without an appointment. Therefore, you should be able to take care of this quickly and without spending too much money.

Eye Exam

EyeExams

Its hard to see what the professor is writing when your glasses aren’t strong enough. Wearing glasses or contacts with an outdated prescription can cause more problems than simply a blurry view. Headaches, vertigo, and brow pain are other common side effects. If you need prescription lenses to see, make sure you get your eyes checked about once a year. Your eyesight changes over time and it is important that you have your prescription adjusted.

Independence is a wonderful thing, but you need to make sure you are fully taking care of yourself. Have any more necessary appointments to add to the list? Leave them in the comment section below!