Encouraging Your Teenager to Make a Daily Self-Care Routine

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Self-care is important for everyone and anyone, regardless of their age. As a society, it may seem like we’re programmed to take care of other people. While it’s important to care for the people around us, we also need to take care of ourselves. After all, if we don’t feel 100%, how are we supposed to care for others?

As a teenager specifically, sometimes it can be hard to implement daily self-care, especially with all of the various stressors teenagers have in their day-to-day life. Being a teenager can be a busy time, whether you’re involved in school, sports, clubs, etc., there isn’t always time to implement self-care. Adolescent Wellness Academy encourages all teens to have a sense of well-being and know how to care for their emotional wellbeing. Within this article we have provided information about what self-care is, why it is important, and how to implement it in a daily routine.

What Is Self-Care?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), self-care is the ability of individuals and their families/communities to provide and promote health, while preventing diseases, coping with illnesses/disorders/disabilities etc. An important thing to note here is this can be done with or without a healthcare provider. The concept of self-care is broad and encompasses things such as hygiene, nutrition, lifestyle choices, well-being, environmental factors, socioeconomic factors, and self-medication. To put the definition of self-care more simply, self-care is the idea of providing physical, emotional, and mental wellness within your day-to-day life. It basically means caring for the well-being of yourself. Simple enough, right?

Why Is a Daily Self-Care Routine Important?

Daily self-care is important for teenagers because it causes an individual to pay attention to their own physical and emotional needs. Because of technology and social media, it can be extremely easy to focus all of our energy on what other people are doing, instead of focusing on ourselves. It appears that teenagers are spending more time comparing themselves to others, and trying to be like them, instead of just being themselves. This can be emotionally draining as well as stressful.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, stress can affect your entire body, whether that be physically or mentally. Some of the physical signs of stress include headaches, an upset stomach, aches, low energy, and even insomnia. No person is the same when it comes to stress. Everyone has their own individualized stressors and their own way that that stress affects them. Because of this, it’s important to know when anxiety is creeping in and how to identify the cause of that anxiety. Ways to cope with mental stability will also look different for everyone. One coping mechanism for anxiety is to take the stress and anxiety you are experiencing, and implement it into something that you love to do. Maybe that thing for you is dancing, or drawing, or playing on a sports team; whatever it may be, if you are feeling stressed you may need to take a break from whatever is causing the stress and find enjoyment within a hobby.

Other ways/practices that can help with the emotional and mental well-being of yourself is avoiding the negative and noticing the positive. Although, when you do feel negative, you shouldn’t feel guilty about feeling those negative emotions, but you should also take the time each day to see the positive within that day. Everyone has bad days and it’s okay to feel negative at times. Another way that you can help your emotional and mental well-being is finding support in others. Just being able to talk to someone about how you’re feeling is so important, they probably won’t be able to solve your problem but letting your emotions out is crucial in the self-care process.

In implementing self-care to help within physical wellness, there are many different ways that you can support your physical health while supporting your mental health. You can do this by exercising daily, eating healthier, getting enough sleep each night, avoiding alcohol and drugs, and practicing relaxation (yes, relaxing is quite often a practice).

How Adolescent Wellness Academy Can Help

Here at Adolescent Wellness Academy, we want to help your teenager develop healthy and obtainable self-care habits. We want them to take the time to care for themselves. It is important to do something that you love each day and we want to help them find that thing that they love, as well as develop relaxation and rest. Please reach out to us today to find out more information about our teenage wellness program!

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