As we count down the days until 2016 is upon us, it's time to start looking ahead to how we want to better ourselves in the new year. Have you made your resolutions yet? If not, we've rounded up the best New Year's resolutions for teens:
Feel better about yourself. There's no better time than the present to start treating yourself with the respect you deserve. Be happy by doing things you love! Find after school activities to get involved with that make you genuinely happy. When you do what you love, you'll start to feel better about yourself. Most importantly, stop the negative self-talk. Every morning, look at yourself in the mirror and identify what you like about yourself, not what you don't like. Make this a daily habit to truly boost your self esteem and conquer this New Year's resolution!
Be a better family member. Show your parents and siblings love in 2016. We know it's hard to look past the stresses of being a teenager, with schoolwork and friends, but remember your family deserve to be treated well. Try to take time on a daily basis to tell someone in your family how much you appreciate them. Remember to say "thank you" to your parents. Even a small gesture like this will go a long way to building a stronger relationship in the end.
Do something new. Growth only comes when we challenge ourselves to try new things, so in 2016, make a resolution to try something different. Whether that means making a new friend or stepping outside of your comfort zone and signing up for a new sports league or club at school is up to you. Whatever you do, make sure you've never done it before and savor the experience that comes with it!
Read more. Reading has a number of benefits for teens, including improving literacy, opening your mind to new ideas, and creating stronger writing skills. Don't rely on your teachers to assign you reading assignments! Visit the library on the weekends and pick out books that interest you, instead of books that you were told to read in class. Make it a goal to read one new book per month in 2016!
At LiveFree!, teenagers are our top priority. We work to provide education, guidance and support that keeps our teens safe and healthy during their adolescence. Learn more about our mission and values on our website.