Being a teenager can be pretty overwhelming but this is the stage of your life that you will certainly look back to when your hair turns grey, for it is where the sweetest memories are made and the toughest challenges are encountered. Here, we listed some of the teen moments we know you can totally relate to so you know you're not alone in this.
1 The agony of balancing everything
School is definitely fun, for the most part. But you still have assignments and projects and co-curricular activities on top of it. If you're lucky, you'll have community service too. At the same time, it's also super important to foster strong bonds with your friends and family, so skipping out on sleepovers and family brunches might just be social suicide.
While all these things sound like a total nightmare, know that it's a great way to master the art of time management and multitasking, which--and trust us on this--is a great skill to have in your adult life. The best way to cope with the overwhelming feeling of balancing out everything is by organizing your thoughts. Make a DIY planner using an old notebook and colored pens or sticky notes so you can compartmentalize all your tasks and keep track of your life in the most colorful and fun way possible!
2 Being frightened of making decisions on your own
The best thing about being young is that you have people who would take care of you and your needs on a daily basis . Sure, you don't always get to choose which school you're attending, and the length of your skirt is still subject to approval by your Dad or your school administrator but at least you don't have to decide on what to wear every morning. Sooner or later, though, you will have to make some good and bad decisions, and that’s okay! It’s just a matter of learning from it, and being wiser the next time you face a tough decision. Practice by taking baby steps and reevaluating your daily choices, from the food you eat to the people you usually hang out with. Better yet, volunteer to lead your next group project because leadership opportunities help you master the art of responsible decision-making.
3 You always feel awkward and shy around guys
We know you've been through this sooo many times: Your crush comes up to you, flashes you a bright smile, and starts talking to you casually. What do you say? How do you react? And most importantly, how exactly do you stay cool under all the awkwardness? It’s natural to feel uncomfortable around guys, especially if he is someone you genuinely like. But guys love girls who are confident and comfortable to be around, so chin up and give him your bright smile! Talk about your assignment, show him your favorite book, ask him about a tweet he posted recently, or just say "Hi!" Even a simple smile can make things lighter and less awkward for the both of you.
4 You're still not sure what works for you
You're not just iffy about college because it's a whole new world and experience for you; you're also torn between your future or seeking out your ultimate passion in life, start by trying out everything you can get your hands on and keep working until you find the skills or hobbies that make you happy. Don't be afraid to join organizations, try out new sports, and volunteer in various out-of-school causes! This will help you widen your horizons and meet interesting people whom you could learn a thing or two from.
5 You have fear of the future
Remember when you were a kid and your teachers would ask you what you wanted to be when you grow up? Here's what they don't tell you: You don't have to decide right away, and you don't have to stick to it all throughout your life. So don't worry if you single-handedly declared that you're going to be a doctor or an astronaut in elementary. Choosing a career path for your future can be very confusing and overwhelming but there are lots of ways you can cope up with it naturally. Ask your school's counselor for help or talk to people from all walks of life. Send a letter to somebody you look up to or be bold enough to reach out to your #lifepeg on social media for advice. Their life experiences are great sources of hope and wisdom for a growing person like you.
6 Discover true friendship
Aside from getting to know yourself better, being a teen also allows you to meet new people and expand your social circles. It is in this stage of your life where you get to meet the friends you're bound to treasure for the next 10 or 20 years. They maybe the ones you meet and eat lunch with at school, your org-mates, your Twitter friends, or even your neighbors. No matter who they are, don't be afraid to open up to people and let them see your quirks, your beliefs, and your good (and annoying) qualities. The more people you meet, the more comfortable you become in establishing your squad goals and your sense of self.
7 Your puberty issues make you uncomfortable
Yup, finally getting to shop at the ladies section and not the children's section is super fun. But getting acne and experiencing monthly periods and daily discharge make growing up more physically (and emotionally) challenging. Remember those moments when you feel wetness down there that just makes you extremely uncomfortable? It is absolutely one of the most icky feelings ever because you'll never know if you're leaking out! You can save yourself from these awkward moments by keeping yourself in tiptop shape and practicing good hygiene. Using panty liners like Carefree can also help avoid wet undies and stay comfortable every day.
Feel #FreshInsideAndOut with Carefree panty liners and stay dry, fresh, and clean as you face the day with confidence! Visit Carefree Philippines's Facebook page for more smart tips for keeping yourself feeling fresh and comfortable every day!
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