The teenage years are, on the one hand, very exciting but also at times can be a bit daunting. Some days you feel great and the next day you can feel less confident or in a bad mood. All this is normal but sometimes it is hard to deal with such changes. It's important to look after your mental and physical health. It's likely your friends feel the same sometimes too.
You may also have to deal with difficult issues such as a loss when someone close to you dies, parents separating, moving house or you might be experiencing bullying. You need extra support with these and it helps to talk to someone you trust about it.
Writing things down can help to work through your thoughts and feelings. You could keep a diary or create a blog for yourself .
Your body is going through a lot of physical changes too and you need to take care of it. This means getting plenty of sleep, staying active and eating a healthy diet. The body and mind work together and looking after both of them is necessary in order to feel well. Having things to do socially, like sport or other hobbies help to keep you well and happy. Well-being is about making positive decisions for yourself so that you can grow and develop and achieve your potential.
The most important friendship is the one you have with yourself. Give yourself the love and respect you deserve.
(Child Support Agency, Australian Government, 2007)