The value of a life coach
A lot of people these days are coaching themselves, which is good. But I also recommend that teens hire a life coach to help them through their teen years.
Life coaches can help you overcome emotional problems, resolve conflict with your parents, manage your feelings, focus on achieving goals, and more.
They will help develop the skills you’ll need to grow up and be healthy. They may also advise you on dealing with difficult relationships, finding work or employment, handling money, buying a house, or educating yourself about health and wellness.
If you don’t want to pay for this service, you can still get help from self-help books on becoming a grown-up. These guides are free so if you need them, there should be hundreds of them!
Many teens feel that they have to be incredibly self-aware or that they are too young to make this kind of decision about their lives. It’s difficult at any age to take time to reflect on what matters to you, but it can be especially important when you are still establishing your identity.
It is an even bigger deal when you are trying to get used to who you are as a person. Do you want to look forward to times when you can step back from life for a moment and remember what matters?
Do you know where you need to be in life and in what drives you?
A trust fund isn’t going to put food on the table, but maybe having some money saved is what helps you live with purpose. How much music do you love to keep doing it? Is there a band you want to go see again and again?
These things matter and they help you define yourself. Your values aren’t something you achieve once you grow up; they’re part of you forever.
Ask yourself about your goals
It’s important to keep in mind what you want from life because without a goal, your day-to-day might not make sense.
Maybe you want to spend more time with friends or family, maybe you want to have a romantic relationship or even get married one day, or perhaps you want to pursue your passion as a hobby or career.
You should also know what makes you feel energized or exhausted, knowledgeable or confuddled. Only by identifying these things can you achieve any of those goals.
Some people find that making a list of everything they want to accomplish at each stage of their life helps them gain focus. Others like to identify their goals on a daily basis.
Either way works, but having a clear vision of where you hope to be is essential if you are going to stay focused and motivated on your path toward success.
Vision is key and it starts with thinking about how you want to live your life and what you want from it.
Ask yourself about your values
Knowing what matters to you is an important part of creating goals and achieving them. If you don’t know where to start, there are ways to determine this information.
For example, ask yourself what’s more valuable to you, money or time? What issues are most important to you? How much do you value family vs work? Sometimes we have no choice but to choose one over the other.
If you don’t know how to measure what matters to you, then here are some tips for increasing your awareness. Start with the things that you care about and feel strongly around. Then learn why they matter to you and incorporate those reasons into your goal-setting process.
Think about your friends
Social support is a valuable resource for people in need of it. For teens, this includes not only family and peers but also friendships. A trusted friend can give you support that no one else can, at any time.
If you know you are going to need help, find someone you can trust who has many contacts and whom you have confidence in. They could be a friend or group member, a relative, work colleague, or members of community groups.
Where possible, connect with other adults through social events and activities. This promotes good mental health as well as physical health.
For instance, if you are having difficulties in school, they may invite you to talk about your problems with their parents or teachers. Or if they notice something they don’t understand about your course, they might ask your teacher.
By connecting with others via social events and activities, you open up new opportunities to meet interesting people and learn more about the outside world. You can even make some new friends!
These connections can protect you from thinking negatively about yourself and can help guide your decisions when needed. When choosing friends, consider your own interests and qualities along with theirs.
However, if you feel too dependent on any one person, this can add extra pressure and anxiety to what already tends to be a very stressful period of life. It can also prevent you from making changes if the relationship is unhealthy.
Finding friendship is important
Focus on what you love
Even if you don’t feel like doing something, learning how to do it can still make you more successful at it. And not everyone feels motivated about everything.
But most people know that some things are worth getting up early for. If you have an interest in them, going out and pursuing it is certainly better than sitting around feeling sorry for yourself.
If someone needs your help, giving it to them is important. No matter how big or small, helping others goes a long way towards making you feel good.
And before you know it, talking with other people and exchanging ideas has become time well spent. You learn new skills, meet new friends, and get involved in different projects and activities.
This changes your life completely.
Don’t let perfect become the enemy of good
We always want things to be done well – fast – properly. Why? Because we do. We often don’t take time to just think about what we are doing, instead, we are thinking about other people’s needs before we have made up our minds.
Take a minute to pause and ask yourself if you are already not taking any time to think about all your actions. Are you being honest with others around you about how much time you need to shower, eat food, go to sleep, etc.?
The more time you spend talking about others vs. yourself, the better you will get at managing your time. Think about who you really are in terms of what you truly enjoy doing, and avoid spending too much time on things that don’t give you joy.
That way you can find out what you are good at and then learn how to use that skill to help you achieve what you want.
Be proactive, not reactive
People in our culture are constantly pushing us to do things immediately that will make us happy or solve our problems.
We are told to take action and put solutions into practice right away or we’ll never get done what has to be done. So we try to manage all of this new information and stress from people and situations without taking time to think everything through.
This is why you always feel pressured to make decisions when you are ambivalent or unsure about something. You go with your first instinct which was triggered by some unknown factor; most likely social pressure.
You pick someone else to ask for help because you don’t want to look weak, but actually, it is easier to ask for help when you are strong. It makes sense to trust your brain’s ability to think through things, but really you should just be trusting yourself.
Identify a situation where you feel overwhelmed or incapable of handling something and then give yourself a bunch of time to process it. Then let yourself relax and work through how you can handle it.
If you aren’t able to deal with it right now, that’s okay. You’ve got to live healthily to keep up.
Stay inspired and motivated by others who have gone through something similar, share their tips and tools with each other, and stay connected via natural ways of communicating like texting, calls, and Facebook chats.
Take care of your health
This goes without saying, but it’s important to remember that healthy doesn’t mean skinny or lazy. Healthy means more than that you don’t put bad things in your body.
Bad things include processed foods, sugary drinks, and cigarettes.
You also can be considered healthy if you take good care of yourself by not eating too much, exercising every day, and keeping a good weight.
Your health is something that should never be taken for granted.
If you feel tired, then try to evaluate what you could do differently today to prevent it from happening again.
Getting eight hours of sleep helps everyone function better since your body processes food more efficiently when you eat balanced meals.
Keep learning new skills and sharing them with others so you have something to offer people who want to learn them. By being willing to learn these new skills, you keep yourself working well and promote social stability.
These are all great ways to be healthy!
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