Your teen years lend themselves to being among your life’s healthiest, and the harmful effects that some poor health habits you currently have may not be obvious now. However, these bad habits can most definitely affect your well-being later down the road. The teen years are an important time for your growth and development. The good habits you create now may pave the way for a healthier and happier adulthood.
As a teen, you may have heard how important it is to take care of your teeth, get enough sleep, and eat healthy; this is all for good reason. Making healthy choices like these set the stage for good habits later on. Taking the time to understand where you are physically, mentally, and emotionally will help set healthy goals that you want to meet personally and that path can be different for everyone! Being able to understand your four individual needs is just as important as it is to listen to what your body and mind wants.
There are 4 major areas of health to consider as a teen; these will help you to start thinking critically about how you can develop physical, mental, behavioral, and emotional habits.
Physical: Recognize the needs of your body to maintain a good physical state.
Mental: Develop a healthy mindset.
Emotional: Understand your feelings and emotions.
Behavioral: Recognize positive and negative behaviors in your daily activities.
One of the most important habits to develop is the ability to ask for help when you need it. Understanding where you are physically, mentally, and emotionally is important and being able to openly communicate that with doctors and counselors will ensure that you get the help you need. There are many habits that you develop as a teen that will follow you into your adult years, and developing good habits now will benefit you for a lifetime.
This blog was written for Healthy Young NV by Linda Kim Ly, a High Sierra AHEC Student Ambassador. Linda is a senior at the University of Nevada Reno, studying Biological Sciences. She is passionate about health care policies and creating change in the healthcare system for low-income families. Linda plans to graduate Fall 2019 and continue graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies.