The move from Teenager to Adult hood can be Difficult and Challenging both for Teenagers and their Parents. Teenagers ready to embark on their life as an adult and parents concerned of their wellbeing, their readiness and future. It all seem to come around all too quick. Let’s take a look at some Happy and Healthy steps to move this process easier.
It just all seems to have happened over night. Going from having everything almost done for you, to only have concerns for going to school each day, totally engrossed in yourself.
Now to having to prepare for a career, maybe marriage, children. To do all of this you will also have to leave the Safe Compounds of your home.
It may even moving away to follow the career path you want to take and the studies needed.
Mum and Dad have turned into these people who all of a sudden they expect you to do things, help with the housework, and pay for living at home for which we have resided for the past 18 years or so for FREE. Maybe even help pay toward the bills:
It all seem to Happen so Fast!
Even if you are in a not such a good place with your home life there may be other concerns that you are going to face.
This transition is difficult for many of you, there are both physiological and psychological changes taking place whilst you move from teenage to adult hood.
One of the most important things you can do to help you through this process is to remain focused on being healthy. By eating the right foods, ensuring that you exercise everyday will support your body with the many physiological changes, your brain function and psychological changes that are essential for becoming a healthy, happy adult.
Psychological and Mental Health Support
Surround yourself with positive people, read positive books and movies (If some of the areas are unavoidable with the negativity) ensure that you do not involve yourself in negative conversations or activities. Remain focused, determined of how you want your life to be, what you want to do and see.
Find a Healthy, Happy and Constructive role model or models that you can look upon as a good base for your life.
Three Keys to Building a Healthy, Happy and Successful Life:
- Eat Fresh Whole Food
- Engage with Positive Kind Thoughts and People
- Read and Watch Positive, Constructive and Supportive Movies or Books
Moving away from Junk Food and Why!
About nine in 10 teenagers eat junk food every day. This might be fizzy drinks, fast take away foods, high-kilojoule snacks like potato chips, lollies, cakes and biscuits.
Two problems with this your body can’t run properly on inferior fuel, not to mention the harm these foods will do your long term health and development.
In Comparison to Fresh Foods that are Purchased from the Butcher, Fruit and Veg etc. Junk food, this also includes fast food outlets is:
- Higher in fat, particularly saturated fat
- Higher in salt
- Higher in sugar
- Lower in fibre
- Lower in nutrients such as calcium and iron
- Served in larger portions, which means more kilojoules
- Is one of the Leading Causes of Cancer and Other Disease States of the Body
While a mid-life heart attack might seem too far away to be real, it may surprise you to know that you could have health problems already. A poor diet can cause weight gain, high blood pressure, constipation, and fatigue and concentration problems – even when you’re young.
Avoid drugs, diet drinks, alcohol (I say alcohol until you are having it in your life as a positive additive and not to drown your sorrows or being led by others to get drunk), any of your mood altering soft drinks such as mother, red bull etc. and cigarettes: basically anything that is going to be harmful or detrimental to your health.
Eating Healthy Made Easy – Your Daily Food Planner
2 pieces of wholemeal or wholegrain bread per day
2 pieces of fruit per day
1 – 2 (150gm) serves of yoghurt
1 handful of Roasted almonds
1 – 2 serves of 150 gm protein this could be chicken, fish, lean meat, chick peas, lentils
3 – 4 serve of vegetables and or salad for example: Choose from – 1 piece of corn, 150 gm of sweet potato, pumpkin, peas, broccoli, zucchini, beans, tomatoes, cucumber etc.
1 – 2 litres of water
- Breakfast: Piece of fruit such as a banana, apple, pear or strawberries & Yoghurt: a piece of wholemeal or wholegrain toast with poached or scrambled eggs: Porridge with honey and almond milk>>>MMMMM. Or muesli
A mid-morning snack should include1 dairy or dairy substitute serving, 2 whole grains and 1 fruit. An example snack is string cheese, 8 whole grain crackers and an apple.
- Lunch: Small tin of tuna, capsicum, cucumber, mushrooms, rice cakes or wraps. If you are out and about sushi, grilled chicken burger with salad or wrap
A mid-afternoon snack should include 1 whole grain, 1 protein and 1 fruit. An example snack is to make trail mix and mix together ½ cup whole grain cereal and 1/4 cup nuts and dried fruit.
Dinner: Fish, Chicken and Lean red meat with vegetables – two of the most important vegetables you should have are sweet potato and broccoli, but as you know there are many more that make for a great meal. You can include peas, zucchini, celery, tomatoes, squash, beans, mushrooms and more
A Guide to Positive Parenting
Now as a parent you, I am going to give to you straight “You take No Shit”. It is time to set strong boundaries and both parents need to stick together. If you are a single parent all the more reason to stick to firm boundaries. This is a difficult time when your teenager is struggling with identity, rules and basically is frightened but determined to map out some sort of life, now that they are all grown up. And all of a sudden as a parent many times in their eyes “You have done it all wrong”, “You don’t know anything” worst of all they don’t want you around. You are not going to do you or your teenager any good by either accepting blame or handing out blame, all this does is disempower everyone. The only person who is responsible for reactions and actions is the one person involved. Life is all about how each one of us react to a situation, this is what either gives us a desired or undesired outcome.
Stay loving toward them, but firm in how you want and expect them to treat you. If the language or behaviour sends shivers up your spine, has you feeling upset or deflated then the behaviour is unacceptable.