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When you are a teenager it is hard to think about anything but what is going on right now. Most of the time what is going on right now is going to revolve around a specific someone.
As adults most of us have had these experiences and know that whatever is going on will eventually be resolved and it is not as big of a deal as it seems to be. However, sometimes it is important to remember exactly how stressful it can be to have to feel like the world is falling down.
So how should a teenager handle those big situations that seem bigger than they actually are?
- Giving a little space from the situation might be the one thing that can provide you perspective. Having the opportunity to really evaluate what is happening in the situation will strongly benefit your decision making.
- Take a break from emotional space. If you feel anxious, uncomfortable, mad, sad or any combination of emotions that impact decisions walk away. Letting yourself cool down the emotional spectrum will allow you to rationalize and make better decisions.
- When you are confused about a situation do not be afraid to seek advice. Sometimes it might be difficult to talk about whatever is happening but you might be able to find valuable insight if you do.
- React calmly and honestly. The best way to communicate positively is by doing so openly. When you communicate openly people have information that they might not normally understand and thus react differently.