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This shows some of the basic emotions that can be experienced. It gives a glimpse into how many emotions there are and how what they might look like.

The 6 Basic Types of Emotions and Their Effects on Behavior

Tillie Hogenson, Health and Wellness Editor May 6, 2021

“I would define emotion as a way to express your feelings to the people around you,” senior at Wayzata High School Chloe Peterson said. According to the Department of History and Civilization, emotions...

Getting enough sleep is important for health and wellness. These five tips can help you solve small sleep difficulties.

The Complex Relationship Between Sleep and Mental Health

Tillie Hogenson, Health and Wellness Editor March 9, 2021

According to the National Library of Medicine, lack of sleep is one of the most common symptoms of depression among teenagers. This is true for adults too, with 92 percent of people with depression complaining...

Finding effective study habits and managing stress during finals week

Cate Challgren, Features Editor January 14, 2021

As the daunting finals week is approaching, it is crucial to not only prepare academically, but to pay close attention to other factors that may affect finals week performances. Sleep deprivation,...

Freshman at Orono High School, Maddie Johnson just got a new Cavapoo puppy. His name is Theo!

Pets Play Important Role in Improving Mental Health

Tillie Hogenson, Health and Wellness Editor December 20, 2020

One of the most challenging aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is the lack of social interactions. Because of this, mental health has been put at risk. The continued social distancing and quarantine has...

Use one or several of these tips to help manage the stress in your life!

School Mental Health Is Not Just for Students: Teacher Health and Wellness Is Important

Tillie Hogenson, Health and Wellness Editor November 11, 2020

Mental health relating to school usually refers to the wellness and health of students. However, this also touches on the wellness of teachers and educators. With the COVID-19 pandemic, school staff, specifically...

Zoom fatigue is a real, and affecting people. If you know what to look for, and how to prevent it, you will be okay.

Zoom Fatigue

Tillie Hogenson, Health and Wellness Editor October 8, 2020

Many health professionals are reporting that Zoom fatigue can cause impactful physical symptoms. In addition to physical fatigue, people have been experiencing headaches, eye-strain, neck pain, back...

Taking care of mental health in the midst of a pandemic

Nina Johnson, Editor in Chief May 27, 2020

Nina Johnson Editor in Chief The COVID-19 pandemic can be stressful, and Orono community members are taking time to understand the importance of mental health and what they can do to reduce anxiety,...

Infographic about SAD and it's cause and impact on people.

Seasonal affective disorder impacts people during the winter months

Gabby Hyrkas, Features Editor March 9, 2020

Gabby Hyrkas Staff Reporter Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) impacts around 4 to 6 percent of the population in the United States. This disorder comes with an increased depressed state of mind and...

Orono High school guidance and mental health

Get over it: the mental health stigma

Sonia Driskill, Copy Editor March 13, 2018

When someone breaks a leg, they receive only sympathy and understanding from those around them. No one’s telling the person to simply walk it off, to ignore the pain or to just “get over it”. They...

Ending the Mental Health Stigma

Ending the Mental Health Stigma

Lisa Suerken, News Editor May 24, 2017

Mental health is a topic that has recently been more and more discussed as many people are starting to realize that it is more common that one might think. Even though there have been efforts to decrease...

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