I believe many thing add up to to teens well beings. Teens are different comparatively to kids and adults. Teens are at a very emotional age. Teens are having to experience a very stressful time. My end goal of this blog is for you to be able to have a balanced lifestyle that will assist in a teens’s overall well being.
Teens have a lot of academic stress. They have pressure such as pleasing their parents, accomplishing assignments, studying for tests, focusing on SAT or ACT scores, getting into college, and trying to discern what they want to do in the future.What teens do in their high school years affect their options for their future. College application and applications for grants and scholarships can be very stressful to teenagers. One thing that decides whether or not you are going to collage at your “dream school”. Being stressed about academics or worrying future “what ifs” does not help your well being. Rather than continuously being stressed, you should work toward your goal and attempt to focus on those goals that are achievable.
If you don’t know what acne is already “Acne, also called acne vulgaris, is a common skin disorder of adolescence caused by inflammation of the sebaceous (pronounced suh-BAY-shus) glands” (Ance). It is something that most kids can’t control. Kids can wash and wash their face and still have acne. I believe this negatively impacts there self image and sometimes creeps into the development of self worth during this adolescence period. We all see teenagers on social media, television or YouTube with with clear or perfect skin. This is also a contributing factor to teenagers well being and mental state. I thinks teens should have more posts about people kids embracing there acne rather than hiding it with makeup. This unrealistic image of how people portray themselves as always being picture ready without blemishes has a negative impact on the culture and creates issues with self confidence.
Peer pressure leads a lot of kids into doing things that they don’t want do. Alcohol is a prime example of this. “According to national survey data, 61% of adolescents in the United States report initiating drinking by the end of high school (Johnston, O’Malley, Miech, Bachman, & Schule-nberg, 2017)”(Reducing Alcohol-Related Consequences Among High School Seniors: Efficacy of a Brief, Web-Based Intervention). “Drinking is more harmful to teens than adults because their brains are still developing throughout adolescence and well into young adulthood. Drinking during this critical growth period can lead to lifelong damage in brain function, particularly as it relates to memory, motor skills (ability to move) and coordination”(Drug-Free World). I believe teens would have a healthier lifestyle if they diverted from alcohol.
“Body image refers to the feelings people have about the way their bodies look”(Body Image). Body image can be positive or negative, and the sad thing is a lot of teens have a negative body image. Seeing yourself in a negative manner can hurt. “People who have a negative body image often experience mental and physical health issues, and long-lasting negative self-perception can lead to anxiety, depression, and eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia”(Body Image). Eating disorders can really mess up your health. You shouldn’t try to look a certain way to impress people. You should try to feel amazing in your body. Self esteem is key for a healthy image of your body.
Bullying can happen to anyone at any time. “Bullying is a widespread problem that can occur anywhere people are, but it is most notable in schools and among young people”(Bullying). Through social media you are able to spread lies, verbally abuse, and even end friendships. Teens are at a very emotional state in there lives, and they do not need bullies in their life. I believe teens need a bully free environment to have the fullest life possible.
“Drugs are non food chemicals that alter the way a person thinks, feels, functions, or behaves”(Drugs: A Definition). Some drugs are prescription drugs which are good for you when prescribed by doctors, but some drugs are not good. Drugs can become addictive, and drugs can affect the mind. Drugs can stop your brain from developing. You can frying your brain on drugs at a young age, so teen shouldn’t do drugs if they want a balanced lifestyle.
While adapting to changes and dealing with the external influences that many teens face, some also have issues at home that compound problems. There can be problems with siblings and parents. Many brothers and sisters are going through many of these same changes that I have listed in this project. Each of them affecting people differently. Some children don’t grow up in homes with both parents or have extended separations during these vital years. How we address one another and what we do to communicate with each other about how we feel to those around us drastically plays a part in this area.
“Mental health disorders, also called mental illnesses, interfere with a person’s ability to think, feel, function, express moods and emotions, and relate to other people”(Mental Disorders).
Mental disorders can be caused by many things such as “Genetics(heredity), Infections, Brain defects or injury, Prenatal damage, Substance abuse, and Other factors”( Causes of Mental Illness). There are many types of mental disorders. There are “Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Addiction/impulse control disorders, Behavior disorders, Developmental and cognitive disorders, Dissociative disorders, and Eating disorders.Each have their own effect, and can impact a teens well being.
Nutrition is important if you want to maintain your health. “Doctors and nutritionists suggest that only a balanced diet can provide us with essential nutrients and minerals necessary for growth and repair of wear or tear of our body”(Importance of nutrition).
I believe positive thinking is key to your health and well being. “A person with positive thinking mentality anticipates happiness, health and success, and believes that he or she can overcome any obstacle and difficulty”(The Power of Positive Thinking). Have you ever been asked if a glass of water was half-full or half-empty. “Optimists will usually say the glass is half-full, whereas pessimists will usually point out that it’s half-empty”(Is the Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty?). I believe a positive thinking has an influence on how you see the glass.
Sexual relationships can really affect teens. They can end up with STDs or being pregnant. Teens can feel pressured into things they don’t want. “Peer pressure also contributes to teen pregnancy. Teens may allow friends or romantic partners to pressure them into having sex earlier than they would have liked, and the act may lead to an accidental pregnancy. Drugs and alcohol also can impact a teen’s decision to have sex. Teens who use drugs or drink alcohol are more likely to become pregnant because these substances alter the mind and can cause a loss of inhibitions or control. Lastly, rape and sexual abuse, or molestation, are sometimes to blame for teen pregnancies. Some teens are forced into having unwanted sex, which can lead to unintended pregnancies”(Teen Pregnancy). Sexual relationships are a serious matter and should be treated as such.
Sleep is something a lot of people need more of. Teenager supposably not supposed to take naps because that’s what kindergarteners do, but I disagree heavily. Teenager should get the same number or sleep, yet teens are always staying up late to meet deadlines on assignments. I believe they grow significantly in middle/high school. They have to experience new hormones so i believe they should sleep more to help them grow and develop.
Social Life/Social Media:
Social Media can hurt people. You see hateful comments, few likes, and even bullying. Some kids have little to no friends. I believe all kids need friends. From personal experience, moving can break up lots of friendships, and making new friends gets tedious and hard. I believe you don’t need a lot of fake friends. All you need is one really good friend.
No one should feel like suicide is there only option. There is always another option. Life can always get better.
I believe there are many more subject that impact teens overall health and well-being, but I hit the topics which I believe are important to me.
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