Sleep #

Sleep is as important as healthy eating and getting exercise. Here’s why.

Tips on how to get a great night sleep.

Music #

We all love listening to music, right? But did you know that music affects your brain in all kinds of wonderful ways?

Discover how your favourite pastime is so good for your health.

Screen Time #

Devices keep you connected, informed and entertained. But too much screen time can have some crazy effects on your brain and health. Here's why:

Stay connected with friends #

Having friends is so good for you it’s worth keeping in touch with them, even when you're busy. Here are some tips on how to make and keep great friends and how to avoid toxic people.

How to read when you hate reading #

We all know that reading is good for us. The problem is some of us hate reading. Here's some great ideas on how to enjoy reading - told by a guy who used to hate reading.

Eat healthy #

Confused by all the conflicting nutrition advice out there? These simple tips can show you how to plan, enjoy and stick to a healthy diet.

How to eat well

10 reasons junk food is bad for your body

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Fun is serious business #

Fun is not just for kids. Everyone can enjoy the health benefits of play. Click below for more about the incredible benefits of having fun:

85 fun things every teenager should do

30 fun free things to do if you’re a teenager

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Exercise #

What happens when you start exercising? It's pretty cool! Check out the videos below:

You can read this useful articles on How much exercise is good for you as a teen?

Even walking helps you clear your head and keeps you active Is Walking A Good Exercise? and 10 benefits of walking

Cigarettes #

We all know that cigarettes are bad for us, but still so many teenagers light up. What attracts people to smoke? What do cigarettes do to your body? How do you get past the nicotine cravings? 

Relaxation #

Giving yourself permission to just chill is hard when you have so many demands on you. It’s not selfish or lazy to take time out to relax, its essential to your health. Learn how to do this and feel great.

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Laughter #

Belly laughing is the ultimate de-stressor. Discover how laughing helps you to feel more positive. There are surprising health benefits of having a good laugh.

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Meditation and Mindfulness #

Practicing mediation and mindfulness makes you:

Happier, healthier, have better relationships, do better at school and improves your fitness. It's easy to do. Here's how to start:

Mindfulness – is it for you?

How to identify and manage stress and anxiety

Use this questionnaire to assess your mood

Why Bird Music Is Great For Relaxation, Stress And Anxiety

Sign up for this FREE course Maintaining a Mindful Life

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Daily routines #

Rules and routines may sound boring, but they ensure you don’t waste precious time and energy. This frees you up to focus on what matters in your life. Find out how to create a routine that works for you and build self-control.

Finish what you start #

Finishing something makes you feel proud. Quitting because you have lost interest leaves you feeling like you've failed. Or maybe you great at starting new things but struggle to get to the finish line? Watch this motivational video with 3 tips to help you finish well!

Gratitude #

Being grateful is important no matter what's happening in your life. Even if you feel like your world is crashing down around you. It might sound strange, but gratitude is one of the surest pathways to happiness. 

I feel good about the way I look #

Feeling truly good about yourself means loving the person you are inside and out. This isn’t always easy, but check these resources: Lizzo on body positivity and Teen Body Image And Self-esteem - A Practical Guide For Parents

Find your voice #

Did you know our brains are hard wired to seek approval from our peers? We need to feel included and be part of a social tribe. Check these How to Not Care What People Think  tips on how to fit in but be true to yourself. 

I feel ok asking for help #

Life is full of ups and downs. So, knowing when to ask for help and feeling good about it is an important skill. Learn why this is so important and how to get the support you need.

If you need support, contact YouthLine for FREE via phone, Skype, email, text or live chat:

Free call 0800 376 633 | Free text 234

Drugs and Alcohol #

There's lots of info on the dangers of drinking too much or smoking too much cannabis. Here is some information on what happens in the long term to your body and your brain. You can also visit SMART Recovery for extra resources. Get informed and then you decide what type of future you want for yourself.

Risk Taking #

There are two types of risks. Risks that could improve your confidence or create a better future for yourself. Or, risks that are dangerous and harmful to yourself and others. Learn which are which and how to take good risks

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Rest: Stay in bed to get better #

‘Soldiering on’ when you're sick slows recovery and spreads germs. Staying in bed is not weak or lazy, it's smart. Read why

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Positive attitude #

When you see yourself and the world around you in a positive way it's surprising what happens. You become healthier and happier. You're more open to seeing beauty, joy and opportunities that exist around you. Here are some ideas.

When you see yourself and the world around you in a positive way it's surprising what happens. You become healthier and happier. You're more open to seeing beauty, joy and opportunities that exist around you. Here are some ideas.

I'm a good friend to myself #

Self love sounds stuck-up, selfish and arrogant. But, if we don’t love ourselves it's hard to love anyone else. Learn what self-love actually means and how to become a great friend to yourself.