Teenagers have to face a lot of challenges; social pressures, changing hormones, body images, and more. Fortunately there are so many things teenagers can do to be holistically healthy.
Don’t get down and ignore the haters.
With changing hormones and so many things going on in your social life and body, it can be easy to get down or to be start feeling depressed. This is fairly normal for puberty; during puberty hormones change for both boys and girls. Basically your body is in the ultimate transition of becoming an adult, there is a lot going on in there.
If you begin feeling down or hopeless don’t hesitate to talk to someone about it, such as a parent, a counsellor, or your doctor. If you are being bullied make sure that you tell a teacher and/ or a parent. It is important to address these issues right away.
Avoid fad and fast diets.
There is so much pressure around body image in this day and age. Unfortunately there is a ton of fad diets that accompany these unachievable body types. There is no such thing as a miracle diet, and any crash diets that make you lose a ton of weight in one week is only getting rid of water weight which is only temporary and unhealthy. While your body is still developing (and if there is a “teen” attached to your age you really are) you need all nutrients as you need energy to grow and carry a busy schedule. Those magic pill or magic fruit diets are all giant no, no’s!
Get plenty of sleep.
Yes, yes, teenagers love to stay up for movie nights, slumber and lan parties, and all those other fun teenage occasion. Late night TV watching, social media and texting, late late studying tends to keep people up far later than they should. Sleep is critical for your body to regenerate and convert some hormones. Lack of sleep is connected with stress, anxiety, and even weight gain.
Exercise is so important!
Cardio and muscle building exercises are super important for so many reasons. Exercise helps your immune system stay strong, is good for your heart and lungs, and keeps your body in great shape. Also, as the saying goes, “healthy body- healthy mind.” So basically, when you exercise your body releases endorphins that helps you to feel happy and manage stress… so lets just say that exercise is good for your all round health. And there are so many options for you to stay healthy, you can join a team sport, or swimming. You can go for jogs or take a class. The options are endless.
What you do for your health as a teenager bridges the way to your health and body as an adult. It is during this time that you can create new health routines, embrace a positive mentality, and try new things when it comes to physical activity. Once you come out of high school it will be far more difficult to do these things, so embrace this time in your life while you embrace your health.