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Health Tips for Teens-Part 3

Among all the homework, socializing, and learning you’re doing, it’s important keep in mind a few healthy habits to start in high school. The longer you do something, the longer it sticks, so if you want to live a healthy lifestyle you should start now. You’ll need to make a few sacrifices here and there, but when you follow these healthy habits to start in high school you’ll feel and look better. Not just now, but for the rest of your life!

Teach your teen to use their Manners

When most parents think about teaching manners, they envision telling a preschooler to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ But, good manners goes far beyond those words and it’s important to make sure you’re teaching your child good manners into the teen years.

Unfortunately, in the digital age, many teens aren’t learning basic social skills, like cellphone etiquette ( No Cell Phone at dinner table, during family time, during homework, Etc,)

And there are many manners teens often forget even though they’ve learned them in the past.

Sometimes, teens go through phases where they want to look cool and manners go out the window. At other times, they get a little sloppy and forget to be polite.

But raising a kind and caring teen who uses good manners could be very beneficial to his future. Teens with good manners will command more respect, which could help them socially and academically.

Basic Manners Teens Should Know

Sometimes, teens need a little refresher in the basic manners department. It’s easy for them to develop a few bad habits when hanging out with their peers or they may get a little lazy from time to time.

Here are some basic manners you should ensure your teen uses on a regular basis:

  1. Say ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’
  2. Apologize when he’s done something wrong.
  3. Having healthy food
  4. Wait his turn to speak in a conversation.
  5. Keep his hands to himself and doesn’t grab things out of people’s hands.
  6. Reading inspiring books
  7. Developing Financial IQ
  8. Say ‘excuse me’ when he needs to interrupt or if he accidentally bumps into someone
  9. Ask permission to do things
  10. Abstaining from smoking, drinking Etc.,
  11. Write thank you notes to people who give her gifts
  12. Make eye contact in conversations
  13. Shake hands when greeting someone new
  14. Use proper table manners when eating
  15. Refrain from texting and using social media when talking to people face-to-face
  16. Don’t answer calls when he’s in the middle of a face-to-face conversation
  17. Use appropriate language and answer questions when asked
  18. Take care of basic hygiene, including coughing into her elbow and covering her mouth when she sneezes
  19. Helping Others
  20. Drink 2 glasses of water in the morning
  21. Practice affirmations
  22. Do visualization of your goals
  23. Do some exercise, or yoga or go for running
  24. Memorize an inspirational poem or an inspiring quote daily
  25. Always wear clean clothes and polished shoes
  26. Keep your desk, cupboard and room clean and organized
  27. Sleep early in the night so that you can get up early.

In our digital world, it’s easy for teens to lose sight of basic manners. But grunting when Grandma asks a question or texting when eating a meal is rude. So it’s important to teach your teen how to communicate, interact, and respond to others in a polite and kind manner.

How to Get Teens to Use Good Manners

You can get your teen to use their manners the same way you get them to do anything else:

  • Be clear about what you expect.
  • Talk about the benefits of having good manners.
  • Give your teen consequences when necessary.

Avoid lecturing your teen or embarrassing him in public when he makes a mistake. Instead, have private conversations about his manners when you see a problem.

The exception to the rule is disrespect. If your teen is disrespectful toward you, intervene right away.

Make it clear that you won’t tolerate being treated in an unkind manner. Remove your teen’s privileges and allow him to earn them back when he behaves politely.

Give your teen opportunities to practice good manners too.

Returning an item to the store, scheduling his own appointment, or asking wait staff for another drink in a restaurant serve as chances for him to practice his skills.

You can also talk about characters on TV or in movies and how they interact with others. Discuss how manners affect people’s lives.

When your teen is about to enter a new situation,  role play. For example, before he picks up a date for the prom, talk about how to greet her parents. Or before he goes to an appointment on his own, role play how to check in at the desk.

When you see your teen display good manners, point it out. Acknowledge when he’s doing a good job and he’ll be more likely to keep up the good work.

Your feedback can be a critical component to your teen’s ability to learn new manners and sharpen his skills.

Teenagers are more prone to follow bad eating habits, inappropriate sleep routines, adopt bad habits, and while away time online. Such habits affect teens’ health adversely. So, you need to inculcate good habits for teenagers.

Cultures mentioned below are important to inculcate NOW :

  1. Read!! Read books to engage your brain. The more you read, the more knowledgeable you become! Varied knowledge about various fields would be on your hand. Strong recommendation from me is “Watch less, read more!”
  2. Motivate!! Motivate your peers, friends, neighbors siblings anybody who does a good job. When you do it, you without you knowing pass the optimistic vibrations in your vicinity! The smiles, happy faces, gratitude and positive words neutralize any existing negativity around you apparently!
  3. Learn!! Learn new things each and every day. Either science, technology, stock markets or anything of your interest. This enhances the confidence in you. The same shimmers in all your senses. Your eyes radiate the power of knowledge. You would start loving yourself. You would be liked by the learned too! Eventually, you will be contented for what you are!
  4. Note!! Note all that you note in a day in a note since noting is the better way of notifying your brain on the noticeable events of the day. Maintain a note, be smart in noting the things once assigned. Usually, the most foolish decisions of mine could be prejudging “my mind remembers it”! To be honest, NO!! My mind remembers 7 out of 10 works. Hence, Note it, accomplish it and gain the appreciations!
  5. Be alone!! Sounding peculiar? But I mean it! Stay alone, that’s when your mind thinks about something that you ardently desire to achieve. I bet, you would find the best time ever when you are alone! Your mind works clear and clever.
  6. Innovate!! Find new ways of doing the pre-existing ideas. Think new and find the alternative! It is how the Entrepreneurial world evolved. Unleash the innovator in you.
  7. Plan!! Well planned is half done! Plan before you jump! Before beginning, just answer the following three questions: 1. Why am I doing it? 2. Will I be successful in the work I take up if done this way? 3. What the results could be?. Once you get the satisfactory answers for these questions, involve into the work you are about to take up!
  8. Listen!! Listening is when you would get to know more about the mindset of the opposite party. Work out in mind, the ways to win the situation and the ideas to overcome the objections. Give your talk and demonstration finally and walk off with the pride of victory.
  9. Nourish!! Nourish your mind with one good thought every day! Make that thought, the path and the oath of the day! This way, your brain automatically starts acting in resonance with that thought. It tries to associate the thought with your activity of the day. Thereby watering the rooted positivity of your mind every day.
  10. Win!! The ecstasy you get after the success is inexplicable! The nectar of success is gained if climbed through the thorny bark! Make winning, the habit! This way, you would always strive to give the best in whatever you do. Winning is divine!!!
  11. Follow 80/20 rule!! This way of thinking helps keep your diet balanced, healthy, but still allows for occasional indulgences. Let’s break it down: 80% of the time, make food choices based on how they nourish and sustain your body.  20% of the time, you can indulge in “sometimes” foods – anything goes! You can enjoy the indulgence without guilt because you know that, for the majority of the time, you are fueling your body with the nutrients it needs.  If you eat 3 meals per day, that’s 21 meals per week. So for 17 meals (80%), you eat healthfully and for 4 meals (20%), you can have whatever you want.
  12. Eat Intuitively!! Mindful eating = eat when you are hungry, stopping when you are full.  Remember: healthy snacking is A-OK! When you get too hungry between meals, it can lead to overeating at mealtime.  Have fruits and veggies handy to snack on and balanced your snacks with a bit of protein or whole grains.
  13. Try a new fruit or vegetable each month !! Make your meals interesting and exciting by incorporating foods you’ve never tried before into meals. Variety is key to helping you get the greatest benefit from all the vitamins and minerals that produce has to offer. And be sure to cook it yourself if you decide to try something new! Studies show that when people try a new food they have prepared themselves that they have a higher chance of liking the new food.
  14. Invest wisely !! Remember that practicing good nutrition is like putting money in a savings account or having good insurance – it will pay off in more ways than you realize in the long run! The choices we make as young people about what to put in our bodies and how we take care of our bodies will have an effect on our health, ability to do what we love, confidence, and body image as we grow older.  So pick a healthy habit and start your investment in yourself today.
  15. Offer to do grocery shopping !! There are so many benefits in doing this. Offer to go to the grocery store for your family once per week. Pay attention to: what’s on sale, what’s in season (is usually on sale), foods you have never tried before, and how much things cost.  Becoming familiar with these factors of grocery shopping will make it easier for you to budget your food money and plan healthy meals to cook at home once you grow.
  16. Saving Money !! Saving money is an invaluable skill to have! Now is the time to start! It’s a great habit to start putting money aside from each pay check or allowance, but it’s okay to start small at first. At first, the growth in your savings account will seem unbearably slow, but in the end it’s sure to pay off.
  17. Cleaning your room !! Cleaning your room sounds like a drag, but it’s a great habit to start in high school! Some people love to clean and it gives them a sense of order and control. Others.. . not so much. To save yourself future shame, get into the habit of keeping your personal space spotless.
  18. Establish healthy eating routines!! Healthy eating isn’t limited to making healthy food choices. It also talks about eating timely and regularly. Instruct your teens to follow these healthy eating routines:
  • Have your meals and ample of snacks on time throughout the day.
  • Have your meals on table along with your family, rather than gulping down food in front of TV.
  • Give yourself enough time to have your meals and avoid eating in a hurry.
  • Make sure your teen’s meal contains sufficient vegetables since they are rich in numerous nutrients and offer ample of health benefits.

Important good manners to practice in daily life 

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