Physical well-being entails taking care of one’s body.
Regular exercise is essential. Teens should engage in physical activity for at least 60 minutes per day.
Maintain a healthy diet. Healthy eating is an essential component of your growth and development. Consume a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, protein foods, and low-fat dairy products.
Keep a healthy weight. Obese children and teenagers are more likely to develop obesity as adults. They are also more likely to develop other chronic illnesses, depression, and bullying.
Get enough rest. Most teenagers require between 9 and 9 12 hours of sleep per night. Many people work only 7 hours per day. Sleep has a significant impact on your ability to concentrate and perform well in school.
Maintain your vaccination schedule. Every year, get a flu shot. Inquire with your parents and doctor if you haven’t received the HPV vaccine. It can protect you from HPV and some cancers, including cervical cancer.
Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Make it a habit now to avoid tooth and gum problems later in life.
Apply sunscreen to your skin. A single bad sunburn as a child or adolescent increases your chances of developing skin cancer as an adult.
Avoid listening to loud music. This can have long-term consequences for your hearing.
Taking care of your mind is referred to as mental health.
Learn how to deal with stress. Because you cannot avoid stress, you must learn how to manage it. This will allow you to remain calm and function in stressful situations.
Study hard and do your best in class. There is a strong correlation between health and academic achievement.
Maintain a positive relationship with your parents. Keep in mind that they only want what is best for you. When they make rules, try to understand where they’re coming from.
Maintain a healthy balance of school, work, and social activities.
Don’t try to do too much. Limit your activities to the most important ones and give them your undivided attention. Overexertion can result in stress, frustration, or exhaustion.
Taking care of your emotions is important for your emotional health.
- Recognize the symptoms of mental illness. These are some examples:
- excessive exhaustion
- self-esteem decline
- loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Appetite loss
- gain or loss of weight
- personality shifts that are out of character
- Take note of your moods and emotions. Don’t dismiss your negative thoughts or feelings as a normal part of adolescence. If you are concerned about something, seek assistance.
- If you require assistance, do not be afraid to ask for it. If you are unable to communicate with your parents, speak with a favorite teacher or counselor at school. Find an adult you can rely on. Get help right away if you’re feeling depressed or considering self-harm.
- Accept yourself for who you are. If you have low self-esteem or a negative body image, talk to someone about it. Even simply talking to a friend can be beneficial.
- Don’t belittle others. Tell a parent, teacher, or other adults if you are being bullied. This includes being bullied on the internet or through your phone.
Behavioral health: ensuring your safety through your actions.
Avoid using or abusing substances. This includes alcohol, street drugs, other people’s prescription drugs, and tobacco products of any kind.
Drive carefully. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States. Wear your seat belt at all times. Avoid riding in a car with a bunch of other teenagers. This can distract the driver and increase the likelihood of an accident. Never ride in a car with an inebriated driver.
Put on protective headgear. To avoid concussions, wear a helmet when riding a bike or participating in sports. Concussions at a young age can have long-term negative consequences for your health.
Avoid using violence. Avoid situations where violence or fighting could result in physical harm.
Abstinence (no sex) or safe sex should be practiced. Always use condoms if you have sex to avoid sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Consult your doctor about contraception if you are a sexually active girl. If you are unable to use contraception, condoms can be used to prevent pregnancy. Even if you are able to use contraception, it will not prevent STIs; use condoms in addition to other forms of contraception.