November 25, 2014
Without the misuse of prescription drugs
By: OU ImPRessions Prescribe Change account @PrescribeChange
With your stomach full and your eyes starting to close you remember that in six hours you are supposed to be in front of Best Buy’s door for their Black Friday sale – leading the crowd to the HD TV section, and grabbing the 36-inch TV for pocket change. Regret courses through you when you think about all the good food you just ate that will weigh you down and slow your reaction time. What do you do?
Yes, your brother’s Adderall is in the medicine cabinet, but that’s risky and your Mom just spent 20 minutes talking about how thankful she is for you, so that’s out.
What do you do? How else can you be a Black Friday shopping beast?
- Take a nap. According to research the perfect nap time is 27 minutes – take two just because this is the shopping Olympics, and odds are most of your family is doing it anyways. You still have plenty of time before you’re due to go.
- Jumping Jacks. Do 100 jumping jacks 30 minutes before leaving to elevate your heart rate and pump your blood. Not only will it help digest that extra slice of pumpkin pie, but will also release epinephrine (also known as adrenaline), which will help you grab the TV right out of that soccer mom’s hands.
- Eat an Apple. Apples don’t have caffeine like the caramel macchiato offers, but it also doesn’t have the crash shortly after. Because of the high amount of sugar in the caramel macchiato, it raises your blood sugar levels and gives you a sugar rush equal to six ounces of a Coca-Cola. So grab a granny smith as you kiss your real grandma good-bye to help prepare.
- Hydrate. Dehydration can cause fatigue, so drink up while you are in line to make sure that when you get your hands on the prize, they grip tight enough to keep it in your possession.
- Have fun. This event only comes around once a year, don’t forget to pause and laugh at all those who take Black Friday way too seriously. As mom always said, “time flies when you are having fun.”
Prescribe Change is part of The Young Adult Prevention Initiative, which is a community-based coalition of residents, businesses, organizations, professionals and advocates collaborating to prevent and reduce prescription drug abuse in 18-25 year olds in Fairfield County, OH. Drawing upon the unique qualities of this population the coalition will establish high quality addiction prevention initiatives that are data driven, effective and sustainable.