Puberty is probably one of the most uncomfortable times during a teenager's life. They experience so many emotions and bodily changes that they might feel like an alien trapped inside a human body. However, it is important for teenagers to remember that going through puberty won't last forever, and they are not alone.
Understand the process of puberty. Your body will be going through growth spurts until it is physically mature. Sexual organs will be developing and maturing. This generally occurs in girls when they are between the ages of 8 and 11 and in boys when they are between the ages of 11 and 14. Girls will experience changes in their breasts, body size and shape, and they will begin their menstrual cycle. Boys will go through a massive growth spurt and experience changes in their voice. Both sexes will have changes in their skin that may result in acne, and they will start to get hair all over their bodies. There could also be mental changes due to the rapid hormone release that could cause depression, stress and mood swings.
Learn how to deal with the symptoms. You have to understand that this is a normal process that everyone must go through. Don't feel like an outcast if you develop sooner or later than everyone else. Everyone has their own rate of development. If you want to learn more about what's happening to your body, check out a book at the local library if you don't feel comfortable talking to anyone else about it. If you are having extreme problems coping, especially mentally, you can discuss them with your physician. Remember to shower every day because your sweat glands will be working in overdrive. Also wash your face with cleanser and use acne cream if necessary to combat any problems with oily skin. If you are a girl, you might want to start shaving to take care of unsightly hair.
Consult with other teenagers. They are experiencing the same changes you are, so it may help to talk to them about those changes. Ask one of your close friends how she is dealing with everything. If you don't feel comfortable talking face-to-face, online forums such as GovChat and vTeen allow you to chat with other teens about puberty-related issues (see Resources). You can also talk to your parents or a school counselor for advice. Puberty101.com is another resource that may provide answers to your questions.
Seek relief with supplements. You can try to ease some of the ailments that come along with puberty by using natural herbs. Motherwort is an herb for girls who are just beginning puberty. By putting 10 drops into water a few times a week, you can help regulate your period and ease the transition into womanhood. For guys experiencing anger problems due to puberty, MindCare from Himalaya Pharmaceuticals can help balance those feelings (see Resources).