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Dealing with Changes

How Students Can Deal with Changes During Adolescence

During adolescence, young people can feel helpless - as if there is little they can do to control the physical, emotional or social transformations taking place within them and around them.  However, there are many things young people can do to deal with these changes.  The following chart outlines some of the strategies that young people can use to help deal with the changes experienced during adolescence.  Consider sharing them with your students.

Change
What You Can Do
Acne
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Get some exercise every day
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Choose an over-the-counter acne soap or medication
  • See your doctor for advice
Underarm Odour
  • Shower or bathe regularly
  • Change your clothes every day
  • Choose an antiperspirant deodorant
Pre-Menstrual Syndrome or PMS
  • Do some gentle exercise like walking or stretching to help to relieve muscle cramps
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid eating salty foods (potato chips, etc.) and foods with caffeine (coffee or chocolate, etc.) right before you get your period.
Masturbation
  • It is normal to masturbate; it's also normal not to masturbate
  • Masturbation should be done in a private place
Increased Attention to Physical Appearance
  • Eat well and exercise
  • Shower or bathe and wash your hair regularly
  • Buy clothes that you like - make sure they fit you well and are comfortable
Increased Need for Independence
  • Gain the trust of your parents/caregivers by taking small steps towards independence
Unpredictable Changes in Mood
  • Unpredictable changes in moods are normal during adolescence
  • Talking about your feelings to a friend, older sibling, or parent may make you feel better
  • Do things that help you relax such as listening to music, spending some time alone, exercising, drawing, etc.
Desire to be Accepted and Liked by Your Peer Group
  • Self-respect and self-esteem come from being true to your values and beliefs
  • Use assertive communication to tell your peers what you are willing and not willing to do
  • Ask your friends or parents for support
Interest in Romantic Love
  • Enjoy the feeling of being in love
  • Understand that most of your peers are experiencing similar feelings
  • Talking with your friends, siblings or trusted adults about your feelings and your relationships is healthy and usually feels great
  • Romantic interest in the opposite or the same sex is natural. This interest often feels exciting, but can also feel confusing. This is all part of the process of growing into adulthood

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