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Puberty 101: Embracing Your Changing Body with Confidence

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Changes can be so many things at once – they are new, exciting, can make a bit giddy in the stomach, but they are always constant. Your puberty is a change that creates a pathway for your transition into adulthood. Along with all the physical and emotional changes, you will also notice changes in yourself. While these might not be as visible as your physical transformation, they are there. How you perceive yourself and how you take care of yourself can make some really positive impact on your self-esteem. 

In this article, we will address some of the most commonly talked about topics of puberty such as the kind of transformation your body goes through, your first menstruation. But we will also dive deeper into ideas such as societal beauty standards and its impact on how we perceive ourselves. Let’s embark on this journey of self-discovery and acceptance together. 

Understanding Puberty and Its Changes

Puberty brings with it a gamut of transformative episodes – from breast development and the growth of pubic hair to experiencing your first period. But it is important to remember that while everyone goes through puberty, everybody’s journey is unique. It is a natural part of growing up and to ensure that you are doing the right things to take care of yourself, keep yourself informed. Try to read up about puberty and embrace the uniqueness of your body, as you focus on personal growth and well-being. 

Nurturing a Positive Body Image

It’s common to feel self-conscious or dissatisfied with your appearance, especially when everything seems to have changed overnight. Don’t worry, we feel it too. Our bodies are our physical representation and it is only fair that we will be conscious about how we look, no matter who we are. This is why fostering a caring relationship with yourself is important. Here are some tips that can help you get started:

  • Treat your body with love and respect. Establish healthy habits such as regular exercise, getting enough sleep, and eating nutritious meals. Yes, the greens on your plate are important! If necessary, you can always rely on mamma to make those greens more delicious and according to what you like. 
  • Surround yourself with positive influences. Friends can be a big support during this time. They are also going through puberty and they will understand you. At the same time, it might also be good if you stand by them since they could be facing the same discomforts as you. Being there for each other can act as an excellent way to promote self-esteem as well as nurture self-expression through hobbies, art, or sports. 
  • Remember beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. And those who love you, know that you are beautiful. This age is the perfect time to experiment with colours, shapes, and sizes. Have fun with your clothes, try things on, and don’t let narrow beauty ideals dictate you. Your unique features deserve a unique style. Flatter them with your best self and the style that suits you.

Acne: A Common Challenge

Need we say more about how much we hoped this wouldn’t happen? Acne is a common occurrence during puberty due to hormonal changes but that doesn’t make those sudden little spots any better. We understand that you might feel low about it but remember acne is only temporary. We can help you with some quick tips to overcome it:

a. Establish a skincare routine: Cleanse your face gently using mild products suitable for your skin type. Avoid harsh scrubbing or picking at your acne, as it may worsen the acne.

b. Seek professional help if needed: If your acne persists or is severe, consult a dermatologist who can provide appropriate treatment options tailored to your needs.

c. Focus on overall well-being: Remember that your worth is not determined by the condition of your skin. Take care of your emotional well-being by engaging in activities that bring you joy and reduce stress.

Menstruation: A Natural Part of Growing up

The first period is always a confusing moment. On one hand, you knew this would happen and on the other hand, no one can really prepare you for it. You feel pain and mixed emotions all at the same time. That is okay. It is important that you approach it with some knowledge and understanding.

  • Educate yourself: Learn about menstrual hygiene, how to use a sanitary pad and track your menstrual cycle. Knowing what to expect will help you feel more confident and prepared.
  • Reach out for support: Talk to a trusted adult, such as your mother, guardian, or school teacher, who can guide you through this phase and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Take your time with it: While it is a natural process, let it sink in to you. Like puberty, menstrual journey is unique for every woman and you will need some time to adjust with the rhythm of your menstrual cycle. Keep track of your periods, and that will help you be better prepared for when it happens.

Puberty can be a challenging time, but it’s also a period of self-discovery and growth. Building a positive body image requires patience, self-love, and acceptance. Remember, you are more than your physical appearance, and your worth goes far beyond societal beauty standards. Embrace your changing body with confidence, nurture your individuality, and remember that you are as amazing as you are. 

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