Life Tips For Every Teenager

Teens and young adults today are more stressed, anxious, depressed and lonely than ever. No one really knows the root cause, but it seems to be a perfect storm of several factors.

It is difficult for every growing teenager to be strong and positive in a world of chaos. 

Here are a few tips and reminders for every teen reading this article, that could help you deal with everyday life and be a stronger version of yourself.

• Do not rush to grow up. When you reach your teenage years, you might wish to be treated more like an adult; to be given more independence and more say over your life, but let life unravel on its own for you. 

Embrace your current days and be happy in whatever little or more you do have.

• Take out time for yourself. It is not always easy to set time aside with everything going on in life but learning to carve it into your schedule is necessary. 

Understand that you need time to yourself, and it is of utmost importance.

• Be smart and aware of your decisions. Teenagers can make decisions that feel good in the moment.

But if you take the time to think about where the consequences of that decision might lead, they can determine if it is a wise decision or not.

• Stop being fearful of rejection, gain the courage to make the first move, and tell someone how you feel. You will never know if you don’t try.

• Expect nothing and appreciate everything. This ties together contentment and gratitude, two of the most valuable traits a person can have. 

When we place too many expectations on a person or a particular circumstance, we’re often disappointed. And living with a grateful heart will keep us focused on how blessed we are.

• Friends will come and go. As much as this may be upsetting to hear, and however sad you may be when a friendship ends, you should know that a new one might be just around the corner. 

However, not all friends drift apart, and what you will realise is that those friendships you treasure most are the ones that you will go to the greatest lengths to maintain.

• Look for something creative to do. Choose a creative outlet to convey your thoughts and feelings.

This could be journaling, writing poetry, painting or drawing, doing photography, dancing, or even playing music. The key here is channelling your emotional state through an art form.

A hand writes with a pen on a sheet of paper "Be creative".

Humility and thoughtfulness are qualities that seem rarer than ever these days. Smile at people. Thank anyone who does the smallest thing for you. 

Just notice other people and go out of your way to make them feel special. In the words of Robby Novak, “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.

Don’t give into peer pressure. As a teenager, you may find that there is a lot of pressure to say yes to everything; this could come from your friends or from other people you know in and out of school or college. 

Any time you don’t feel like doing something, you should be able to say no to it, without fear.

Stay away from technology, and that includes your phones, laptops and other gadgets. It is hard, but really, you don’t need it on constantly. 

You can take a break, even for just part of the day. Trust me, this will help you in the long run.

• Sometimes, you just need to step outside, get some fresh air, and remind yourself that you can handle anything that is thrown your way.

Surround yourself with positive, ambitious, and kind-hearted people. Let go of toxic relationships and anything that does not help you grow.

Always go with your gut feeling. As humans, we have been blessed with an innate sense that informs us what is and isn’t right for us in any given situation. 

You should follow this intuitive gut feeling as much as you can because it will generally do right by you.

Understand that you aren’t alone, and you can always seek help when everything gets too much. 

Help can come in many different forms, from a heart-to-heart talk with a friend or family member, to external support services such as professional therapy.

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