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7 Essential Life Skills Every Teen Should Learn

Have you ever wondered how independent you actually are? Will you be able to look after yourself if left alone for a while? Do you think you are well-equipped with essential life skills to face the world?

It’s absolutely important for teens to learn more than just academics. Life skill education simply cannot stop with the exposure you receive in school. To learn its importance, you need to learn through experiences and training. Our Teentalk expert lists a few of them for you to develop:

Basic self defense: I’m sure you’ll agree that especially in today’s world, safety is of utmost importance, and developing self-defense not only makes you feel more independent, but also more confident. Basic self-defense is a must — be it a girl or a boy.

Importance of physical and mental health: Instead of forcefully eating healthy stuff, you should know how the healthy food will benefit you. Mental health education can create a healthy psycho-social environment. It promotes cooperation, facilitates supportive, open communications, prevents physical punishment, bullying, harassment and violence.

Time and money management: You’re probably wondering how. Get a activity planner and an alarm clock to use to track your school work and other extra-curricular work and to keep track of what needs to be done by when. By doing this, you will automatically begin to allow specific amounts of time for play and for work.

Ask your parents/elders a certain amount of pocket money every week or every two weeks so that you can use for your expenses. When you go for shopping, choose comparatively cheaper options sometimes. Budget training develops a habit in you not to waste money and to respect its value.

Decision-making skills: Education, career, life partners — there are so many important decisions we need to make in our lives. How about instilling the skill of making appropriate decisions at an early age itself? Start by choosing between 2 activities or games; 2 different types of clothes; 2 different food items, etc. Once this happens, you will understand the consequences that each decision causes.

Basic cooking skills: You can help your parents in baking, with handing the ingredients while they cook or with keeping the kitchen table clean while your mom is preparing a meal. You can peel or chop veggies carefully under supervision. So the idea you can survive in case of an absence of your parents!

Importance of environmental preservation: Understanding the importance of environment and sustainability at an early age will teach you to be more loving towards the planet. Practice eco-friendly habits in everything you do. You can indulge in environmental activities such as gardening and collecting waste to throw in a bin.

Positive social interaction: If you think about it, a task that we do every single day is to be engaged in interaction with people. You should know to differentiate between good strangers and bad strangers. How to make friends, how to be friendly to good adults, and just how you should go about interacting with these people.

Developing life skills is important so as to have a brief idea of what you want to do in life and essentially keep in mind the kind of person you want to be.

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What’s Your story

Social Media has taught us one important lesson in life – Everyone has a story and people love to share them

Story-telling has been a part on human civilisation since ever. That is how history and culture is passed from generation to generation. We at Teentalk India use stories to discuss real issues of real people. Check out the stories of Natasha, Harish and Nishtha among the many.

Such stories help people come together and fight up for a cause. It also acts as an inspiration to those who are currently facing such issues too. Your life may feel ordinary to you, but it might seem extraordinary to someone else. 

There are plenty of ways of sharing your story. However, most importantly you should feel safe and comfortable with however you choose to do it. If you’re nervous, try to think beforehand about what you’d like to say, or bang out a draft before you hit ‘post’. If you feel you need to get some personal stuff off yourself, then look for someone whom you trust to share it with.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you get started:

 Sharing your story might be scary - No matter whom you're sharing your story with, you should be mentally prepared in advance that it might be a scary experience. Acknowledging this will help you to tackle your nerves and to use that energy in a positive way.

Practise a lot - As the saying goes 'Practice makes perfect', it applies here too. Know what you want to say and how you want to say it, and you’ll be in a good place to succeed.

Utilise your emotions for good - Try to take people or the one you're sharing with, on a journey so that they can feel and understand things from your point of view.

Remember that if you directly ask for what you want, then you're more likely to get it. So be clear if you want some advice or some action.

Where to share your story

There’s no right way to tell your story – it’s yours to tell, so share it in the way that works best for you. You might be happiest doing it sitting down with your best friend, your mum or dad, or a relative you look up to. Maybe you’d prefer to put it in writing and share it online, or to record it on a podcast.

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