How often do you feel insecure? Argumentative? Impulsive? Rebellious? When was the last time you flew off the handle? Stormed off? Slammed a door? Whether you blame your teenage mood swings on out-of-control puberty hormones or the stress of being a teenager, you're probably right. The good news is you're totally normal. The bad news is you are the owner of an adolescent brain that is still a work in progress.The Science of Teenage Mood Swings
Being a teenager is a lot like being a chick inside an eggshell. You're pushing out against the wall of the shell, trying to find your identity, struggling to break away, yet not quite ready to survive on your own. Most other animals skip this four-year gap in maturity altogether, developing rapidly from infancy to full adulthood. But humans are different. Scientists have only recently discovered that this stage has its own unique biology, making at least some teenage mood swings inevitable.
Researchers once believed that the teenage brain was fixed at the end of childhood, and that a teenage mood swing could be blamed on raging hormones or a lack of experience. But more recent MRI scans reveal that there’s a major reorganisation in the teenage brain, and it continues to develop until the early 20s.How to Tame Teenage Mood Swings
Getting through adolescence — surviving AND thriving — is an achievement, a rite of passage, but that’s easy to forget in the heat of the moment. Try these seven tricks to tame teenage mood swings.
- Settle down by counting to 10 or catching your breath.
- Talk it out.
- Sleep enough.
- Use your creative gene.
- Cry if you must.
- Have patience — this too shall pass!
If your mood doesn’t improve, speak to a responsible, trustworthy adult who can help you overcome your teenage mood swings.
Everyone has mood swings. How do you get through yours?