While changes to your body, like growing breasts, are obvious, your brain also develops during puberty, affecting your emotions and confidence. Here are some choices you can make to keep growing strong and positive.
Your brain is like a muscle: When you take on challenges and practise until you overcome them, neurons in your brain create new and stronger connections, building your skills and confidence. Research shows that kids who believe that they can get smarter do better in tests and challenges. This is called the growth mindset – the belief that your mind can grow and change with effort.
Practise is more than just doing something over and over again. It’s what helps you to improve your abilities and discover solutions to problems. So you can get better at pretty much anything – from school and sports to relationships and public speaking! It starts with taking the first step and not stopping when it gets tough.
Your brain needs to leave its comfort zone to grow and thrive. Risk-taking can be scary, but it can also be exciting and rewarding. Everyone has a different 'risk zone'. If you’re freaked out by the risk you've chosen, you’re not ready (YET!) to take it.
A change as small as your choice of words can give you the boost you need to keep going. Try these words:
Remember that it’s okay to have missteps along the way. The point is not WHETHER you make mistakes; it’s what you make of them that matters.
Remember, you are unstoppable!
While changes in your mood, confidence and need for independence are normal, you have control over whether you listen to the bad stuff or focus on the good.