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What does puberty feel like?

Puberty will transform you both physically and mentally. In girls, the development of breasts and widening of the hips are the most visible physical changes. Another new development is the appearance of pubic and armpit hair. You may experience acne in your face and you need to start using deodorant. The first period is also a big change. Puberty entails so many new and exciting developments that sometimes it may become overwhelming. Luckily, growing up does not happen overnight but takes years. This way your body and mind can slowly adjust to the new phase in your life, the adulthood.

Going through puberty may not be easy every day. Some days your teachers, parents and friends can annoy you. Other days, a crush can make you feel a bit light-headed. And then there are days when everything is just smooth sailing. On one hand, puberty does not exactly feel like anything, but on the other hand, it affects every aspect of your life.

Your friends also start to change and you may grow apart with some of them while gaining new friends. Your best friend at school can feel like a complete stranger to you when the school starts after the summer break. However, you should try to hold on to your best friends. Nothing is as exciting as experiencing things together with your friends that are new and sometimes a bit scary. Hanging out with boys and girls. Enjoying, trying and doing things for the first time.

Puberty means new responsibilities but also new freedoms. At times, your parents can forget that you have entered a new stage in your life and the things that used to excite you are no longer as important. Therefore, you should keep communicating with your parents even if you did not always feel like talking. Younger siblings can also feel like annoying little brats. Well, they can be at times, but keep in mind that they too are growing and in a few years, you might find them fun to be around with.

Amongst all this turmoil, remember to give yourself time to adjust to the changes. Be kind to yourself and respect your individuality. Look into a mirror every day and say to yourself that you are good and enough just the way you are. A unique individual in this universe. And that, if anything, is something to celebrate!

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