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Becoming a teenager comes with a lot of massive changes. It can feel as if your body is moving faster than your mind sometimes. It’s easy to feel alone but remember everyone goes through it. It’s super awkward but talking about the changes your body is going through can help put your mind at ease.

All bodies and minds are different – you might find yourself developing slower or faster than your friends. No matter what, all changes are normal and should be embraced. Comparing yourself to others will only make things harder. And trust me, things don’t need to be harder.

If you're feeling uncomfortable or confused about the things happening, talking to an adult will probably feel like the worst thing in the world – you can always reach out to friends or find help online. Having an open and healthy conversation about this uncomfortable topic can help you understand that all these changes are completely normal and expected.

Growing up is never easy. You might miss how easy being a child was. But remember these changes mean you are growing and setting you on the path to becoming independent.

You may feel more irritable than usual, snapping at friends or family. It’s completely okay and natural to be annoyed and overwhelmed, it is all part of becoming a teenager.

Remind your parents, siblings and guardians that when you lash out it is not a personal attack, it’s just a reflection of how confused you are feeling. It’s important to create an understanding and healthy environment, where everyone feels comfortable to express how they are feeling.

Puberty can make you feel alone – you may feel like no one understands your thoughts and emotions (sometimes, including yourself). However strong these feelings are, talk to someone you know will understand them, could be a friend, parent or teacher.

There’s no denying this is a scary and overwhelming time in your life, however opening up to others about the changes you're experiencing can help make it a little easier to cope.

Change your perspective and uncover a way forward for you!

Here are some things that can help you with that.

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reads

Celebrate Your Body (and Its Changes, Too!) by Sonya Renee
This is your guide to understanding and loving your body - now and as it continues to change. This one deals with lots of things a girl needs to know.

HelloFlo: The Guide, Period.: The Everything Puberty Book for the Modern Girl
From the founder of HelloFlo, a modern and insightful guide to periods and puberty for a new generation.

The Puberty Book, 6th Edition by Kelsey Powell
This book has stuff about social media, cyber-bullying, online safety and dieting trends. But it also answers some of the biggest questions you might have about your body.

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Films

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Eigth Grade
Kayla Day, is in the eighth grade. She is introverted but also posts videos about self-confidence online. Soon, she realises she is not the person she is pretending to be and has to accept that.

Onward
Two elven brothers, set out on an epic adventure to resurrect their late father for a day. But first, the youngest brother has to accept himself and the changes he is going through.

Inside Out
Eleven-year-old Riley moves cities, leaving behind her life behind. She and her five core emotions, Fear, Anger, Joy, Disgust and Sadness, struggle to cope with her new life.

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