17 Awesome Habits for Teenagers
Between studying, your social life, a part time job, and extra-curricular activities, you have enough on your plate. That’s why many kids your age slip into some not-so-healthy habits. Maybe you’re eating a little too much junk food, spending too much time watching TV, or you find yourself pulling all-nighters way too often. These habits don’t seem like a big deal now, but at some point they will begin to harm your health. Not to mention, you want to head off to college with the best possible chances of success.
The good news is that it only takes about two weeks to form new habits. If you can make it two weeks with a new practice, it becomes part of your regular routine. Check out this list of healthy habits, and work on one or two at a time (so you don’t overload yourself with too much change all at once).
- Regain control of your diet. Each time you put something in your mouth, you’re making a choice. Choose wisely, and within a few weeks you’ll be feeling healthier.
- Eat cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, arugula, etc) at least three times per week.
- Eat five servings of fruits or vegetables every day.
- Walk at least 10,000 steps per day.
- Choose activities that provide exercise, that you also enjoy.
- Spend time with those who have similar goals. Healthy friendships encourage healthy habits.
- Avoid known toxins, such as tobacco, alcohol, BPA (in plastics), formaldehyde, and so on. Get in the habit of reading ingredient labels and questioning everything before using it or putting it in your body.
- Take a multivitamin.
- Sleep 8 to 9 hours each night.
- Brush and floss your teeth twice per day.
- Manage stress. Find something that works for you (yoga, meditation, journaling, etc) and do it at least once per day.
- Protect your ears. Use earplugs if you’re around loud noises, and keep ear buds at less than 70 percent of max volume when using them.
- Identify mentors who care about your success, and talk to them regularly.
- Share health concerns with your parents, and schedule regular checkups with your doctor.
- Wear a helmet when cycling, rollerblading, snowboarding, etc.
- Don’t text while driving.
- Set aside a dedicated study time each night, rather than letting your work pile up.
These are just some of the healthy habits that we should all practice on a regular basis. If you have specific concerns not listed here, you know what you need to do! Remember, the first few weeks will be tough, but after that point new habits become part of your routine. Start addressing these things now, and you’ll go off to college healthier, more confident, and well prepared to succeed.