Being a teenager is hard; your body is still changing, you aren’t sure of who you are yet, and school is often a very stressful place. Dealing with all those factors is hard enough, but then having to keep track of your physical health too? And we’re not just talking about not being sick, we’re talking about your overall physical health.
Let’s start with understanding what exactly physical health consists of, and things you need to keep in mind:
- Exercise or physical activity
- Eating habits
- Mental health
- Sleep habits
What are some ways to make sure these are all being taken care of? Listed below are some tips to make sure you keep track of your physical health in a manageable way.
- Come up with a morning routine consisting of brushing your teeth, washing your face, showering, and putting on deodorant. Make a playlist, or find a fun podcast to take up the time.
- Place a hamper near your bathroom or shower – it sounds simple, but it’s effective.
- Talk about things that worry you, like excessive sweating or acne, and set up appointments.
Exercise or Physical Activity
- Your body needs at least 30 minutes of activity every day.
- You can walk the dog, play sports, or even run in place while watching a show. Boom. Done.
- Yes, junk food tastes good, but it’s not good for your overall health or you skin. Learn what foods are best for you, but keep some of your favorites.
- Make sure you eat three balanced meals a day. You can look up easy and clever ways to do this online; Pinterest has some great ideas.
- More. Water. Even if you think you’ve had enough, drink another glass. In fact, if you find you’re eating out of boredom, drink a glass of cold water- it’ll make you feel full.
- If you feel like something is off – if you’re feeling sad, overly upset, unable to concentrate, mood swings, or any emotional state that seem different or intense to you – talk to your parents.
- Talk to someone if you need to; a counselor, parent, advisor, friend, etc. The least embarrassing thing that you can do is ask for help, ever.
- Remember that you’re not the only person having a difficult time adjusting to body changes. You are not alone.
- It’s scientifically proven that teens need more sleep for the development of their brain. Take advantage of this, sleep in on the weekends.
- Learn to manage your time effectively, and not stay up late to finish school work.
- Get a sleep app to help measure how you sleep, and how long you sleep. Sleep Cycle is a particularly good one, but there are many out there.
There are many other ways to take care of yourself, but let these tips be a starting point. Remember, the fact that you’re even researching physical health is a great start.