As a teenager, you’re likely in secondary school, making new friends, and most likely dating. Your hormones are racing the most in these few years, so it can be quite a roller coaster ride, but by the time you are almost leaving secondary school, they are settled. Make the best of it by taking the advice below, so that you can remember good things from the past when you are an adult. You will be an adult soon enough, but you will experience many different changes on the way!

Have a healthy social life. As simple as this may be, a healthy social life is the key to enjoying your life in spite of the stress of school. Shop with friends; enjoy buying clothes and accessories. Try to make at least two best friends, and try to make many friends from your gender and two or three the opposite gender for diversity. Go to teen clubs and places; this will be the best interaction with other teenagers or people around your age.

Have hobbies at home. Sew, read, play computer games, or draw. Get a Facebook account, but try not to get addicted to it. Make videos with your friends and post them on YouTube. Check online to see the hottest new music and the coolest new artists and songs of your genre of choice. You don’t have to be a fan of pop music only; if you like to listen to your grandma’s ’50s doo wop albums or some nice relaxing smooth jazz or Bob Marley, go ahead Be a fan of your favourite sports team. Find whatever you enjoy doing and do it! Start a movie or book collection.

Be Creative — Show off your talents. Write music, write stories and poems, create cool drawings, learn how to create web pages and computer programmes, create your own clothes, cook, bake, work on anything.

Think of your own fashion. Be yourself and see what looks good on you (makeup and clothing attire). Whether it’s face makeup (lip gloss and mascara) or body lotion, you got to be decent out the door, right?

Watch what you eat. Eat healthy foods and use junk foods either in moderation or as a treat. Try to have a good amount of water in your system and eat at least one big meal a day; more if you have high metabolism or in sports.

Listen to your parents. Yes, it will make your life so much more easy and enjoyable if you just listen to your parents, so you don’t have to hear them keep yelling at you! Obeying them will actually be an easy way into getting what you want, remember it has to be a 50/50 cooperation, not 80/20. Your parents might not be as up to date as you, but they may give you good timeless advice. They are in the real world, not the “surreal teen world”. They had been Teenagers just like you don’t want to know what they did in secondary school, but they had learned from their mistakes which makes them the stodgy parents you have today. Just wait, you’ll become the stodgy parent too when you have your own kids.

Get involved. School has many things for you to become involved in and have fun doing. Getting involved will help you in future years and you’ll meet a lot of people. Like chess? You can be in the chess club, if the school doesn’t have a club you wish you were in (say press club) you can create your own! This will help you to be motivated in school.

Study hard in school. Always turn in your homework on time and do well on tests. Education is the most important thing in your life; doing poorly, not trying, or dropping out of school can hurt your future in a significant way. If you are getting bad grades because you are struggling with something, get help.

An excerpt from WikiHow