Being a teenager can be hard. There are many things that you’re learning how to be responsible for, including taking care of your own health and well being. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
The Importance of Eating Well
Did you know that what you eat not only affects how you feel physically, but mentally as well? Avoiding processed foods and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will help sustain your energy levels throughout your busy day, balance your weight, boost your immune system and improve your mood.
Getting Enough Sleep
Your schedule is busy, and it’s probably difficult to get to bed at a reasonable time every night. But is that really a big deal? In fact, getting the appropriate amount of sleep each night is another way that you can keep yourself feeling healthy both physically and mentally. On average, you should aim to get nine and a half hours of sleep each night.
The Benefits of Exercise
Do you love getting a good workout? Or is it hard to motivate yourself? The fact is that exercise is extremely important for all of us and we should aim to get some physical activity every day. Exercise helps your heart be healthy, helps you manage your weight, improves sleep patterns, boosts your mood and increases your energy levels. Finding an activity that you really enjoy is crucial and there are many options out there to try.
Getting Your Period
If it’s your first time getting your period, it might seem scary at first. But don’t worry, having your period shouldn’t stop you from participating in all the activities you love. Tell someone you know or trust like a parent, school nurse or mentor so that they can give you guidance on things like whether to use tampons, pads or menstrual cups.
Premenstrual Syndrome, or PMS, is a normal part of your menstrual cycle that can sometimes affect your mood and energy levels a few days before your period. Some tips you can try to alleviate these aggravating symptoms include eating healthy foods that are low in sodium to reduce feelings of bloating (even though you might be craving junk food!), increasing your exercise, drinking less caffeine and getting enough sleep.
Understanding Sexually Transmitted Diseases, or STDs, is important as you begin to understand sexuality. Put simply, STDs are are viruses that are spread through sexual contact. If your sexual partner has an STD, you can catch it through any type of sex. It’s important, therefore, to educate yourself on proper safe sex practices, even before you become sexually active.
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