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Advice for Teenagers From Those Who've Been There

This week content creator Caysie has gathered varied advice for teenagers from adults who’ve been through it.

Sometimes it might feel like you’re the only person in the world that understands what it’s like to be you, particularly in your teen years.

Fortunately, there are billions of people on the planet who have lived through the highs and lows of teendom - we’ve compiled all their best advice for helping you get through it.

“Take care of your body. It’s much easier to carry the momentum of a healthy lifestyle now into the rest of your life, than trying to do it later.”

“Listen more than you speak.”

“Don’t speed. That extra five minutes you save in drive time isn’t worth the consequences.”

“Drink more water.”

*Puts down cherry coke…*

“High school doesn’t matter. The second you leave, all of those cliques and social pressures fall away, and you’ll look around at a bunch of scared kids who realise they actually have to do something with their lives now.”

“It takes nothing to be nice.”

“Resist ‘going along with the group’. More people get in trouble for this than for anything else.”

“Remember this is your parents’ first time going through life too.”

“You don’t have life figured out yet. You don’t even know who you are yet. Have fun, and make mistakes, but always remember the future isn’t written yet - think about the consequences of your decisions.”

I think that one sums it all up pretty nicely.

“No one knows what life is.”

This should be your daily mantra. No one knows what they’re doing, some people are just better at pretending.

“There’s a lot more to life than social media.”

Again for the people in the back! Taking social media breaks, only following people that enrich your mind, and soul, people that are good for you, is one of the best things you can do.

You won’t miss that social media app in a week - go ahead and delete it if you feel it’s getting you down.

“If everyone you meet doesn’t like your boyfriend or girlfriend, then maybe they have a point.”

“Don’t worry so much. 98% of the time, things work out.”

A friend once said to me that everything works out in the end, and if it doesn’t, then it’s not the end.

“Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.”

“Be nice to your siblings. They are your best link to your past, and the people most likely to stick by you in the future.”

And FYI, you will grow out of your sibling rivalry with your little brother.

“You don’t know everything. Shut up and listen to people.”

Finishing with my personal favourite…

“Think old, act young.”

You can find more advice, and the links to the advice I’ve shared with you here, here, and here.

What advice would you share with someone younger than you? What’s the best piece of advice you've received? Which piece of advice resonated with you the most? Let us know!

I have a friend that shrugs nearly everything off with “we live on a floating rock”, which seems to work well enough for her.

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