The Teenagers Guide to Being Strong Even When You Feel like Giving Up
By Amandah Tayler Blackwell | WhenMagazine
What teenager doesn’t feel like giving up when life seems to be one big obstacle after another?
Even adults feel like giving up because life seems to be filled with one challenge after another. The key is not to allow challenges to beat and keep you down.
If you’re a teenager who comes from a dysfunctional family, it may seem like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders. You may feel like running away, but the reality is you could make your life worse. Living on the streets isn’t easy because you won’t have any money and nowhere to sleep. Who’ll look out for you?
The better the option is to be strong or as Pastor Joel Osteen says, “Dig your heels in.” Feel and recognize your emotions, but don’t allow them to control you.
You may think “We teenagers don’t have anyone who understands us.” But that’s not true. Remember, adults were once teenagers. You’d be surprised by the challenges they had to overcome.
The following guide below outlines how you can be strong when you’re in the midst of a storm.
1. Cry your eyes out
The good news is that when you cry, you release emotions that have built up within you. You may think that crying makes you weak. On the contrary, it makes you stronger. Holding onto negative or toxic emotions can make you sick and you don’t want that, do you? Let go and have a good cry once in a while.
2. Work it out
According to KidsHealth, “Exercise is wise because it benefits every part of the body including your mind.” When you work out you release endorphins. These natural chemicals keep you peaceful, calm, and happy. Working out is a healthy way to relieve anxiety and stress. It doesn’t matter if you run or walk, just work it out!
3. Admit that you need help
If you’re used to being on your own, admitting that you need help may be a BIG step for you. You may think that someone else can’t or won’t help you. But the truth is if you allow people to help you they will. Yes, you may need to become humble, but it’s well worth it if you receive the assistance you need to change your life for the better.
4. Join groups of like-minded teenagers
It helps to be around like-minded teenagers. Check out the groups at school, your local YMCA or YWCA, community center, church, etc. Being surrounded by other teenagers who understand what you’re going through or just being with other teens will lift your spirit. Who knows? You may make some new ‘lifelong’ friends.
5. Express yourself
Release your inner artist and express what you’re feeling by painting, drawing, dancing, sculpting, singing, acting, or some other art form. Don’t worry about it being a masterpiece. Remember, all artists where novices before they become famous.
6. Set your boundaries
Chances are you were never taught to set healthy boundaries. What does this mean? It means that you understand what you will and won’t accept. For example, if your friend asks you to go out on Friday night but you don’t want to, have the courage to say, “No, I don’t feel like going out tonight.” If your friend is a true friend, he or she won’t get upset if you say ‘no’ to an invitation. They’ll respect your boundaries. Setting your boundaries may feel uncomfortable but feel the ‘fear’ and do it anyway.
7. Have an attitude of gratitude
You may have heard this before but it begs repeating. Showing gratitude for what you have is one way to attract blessings into your life. If you can see, be grateful. If you can hear, be grateful. If you can run, be grateful. If you have clear skin, be grateful. If you have parents or guardians that love you, be grateful. If you have clean clothes, be grateful. If you have clean water to drink, be grateful. If you have a roof over your head, be grateful. An attitude of gratitude is worth more than you’ll ever know.
If you enjoyed this post, I’d be grateful if you shared it. Parents, share it with the teenagers in your life. Teachers, share it with your class. Teen counselors and life coaches, share it with your clients. Tweet it, post it to Facebook, and Pin It. Thank you!
Amandah Tayler Blackwell, your “Savvy-Writer,” is an adventurous freelance writer, ghost writer, and creative writer for markets such as travel, the arts & entertainment, magazine, real estate, personal and professional development, and more. She’s an avid blogger and collaborator on book projects and screenplays in addition to writing her own material. Her well-rounded and professional background includes a Master of Science, Management, B.S., Accounting, and Graphic Design certification. She counts among her passions the arts and entertainment, art and design, communication, education, environment and conservation, politics, history, advocacy for various causes, and travel.
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