Emotional changes during puberty happen to every girl. Some of the biggest changes you’ll go through during puberty don’t really have to do with your looks at all. Let’s just say things can get pretty emotional – in both great ways and challenging ways. Here are a few things to expect as you get older.
The Way You Think ChangesWhen you get older, you start to understand things in more than one way. Basically, you’re starting to think like an adult.
Your brain is physically growing — so go try out your bigger, better brain! The hobbies that you liked in the past will be even more fun now, and you can try exploring new interests as well.
You Can Express Yourself BetterIt’s nice because you’ll notice that you’re able to express whether you’re happy or sad a lot more effectively to others, and sometimes just saying things out loud can help give you a clearer sense of who you are. The tricky part is that you’re probably feeling more self-conscious — which might make you think twice about opening up.
Just remember that all of it is a natural part of growing up and that you’ll come out of it knowing more about your body and your head, too.
You Feel Really EmotionalYes, everyone and everything might seem more annoying, but it isn’t them — it’s your hormones. In fact, for the same reason, many women get edgy just before their periods.
Mood swings in general happen throughout puberty, so when you feel pumped one minute then feel like you just want to go to sleep the next, don’t worry.
Puberty Tip: If you're feeling angry, try counting to 10 before you say or do anything. Breathe deep and relax. After the 10 seconds are up, ask yourself if it’s such a big deal after all.
If that doesn’t work, go for a jog. Or go smack something in a batting cage or racquetball court — just do something. Exercise can lighten your mood and keep you fit, too.
You Cry — a LotIt really makes the day harder when nearly every single thing makes you cry. Not that you’re feeling particularly sad that day or anything. Hormones can just make you feel like crying! Just know that you’re not the only one. It’s a normal part of puberty.
Never be afraid to have a mother-daughter talk to calm down. Your mom will put things back into perspective and remind you that everything is OK.
You Feel More FeminineSome girls experience a feeling of femininity, which might come out in a number of ways. You may have more interest in doing your hair and makeup, for instance.
You Feel Unsure of YourselfSince puberty is a time when a lot of physical and mental changes happen, you may feel tempted to compare yourself to your friends — and that may make you feel unsure of yourself. But you know what? Everyone else is thinking the same thing!
Everyone your age is self-conscious. Just remember that your personality is growing, you’re your emotional character too. Although it might be frustrating or scary or cause you to second guess yourself, know that these emotional changes are a good thing — even though they may not feel that way right now.
- Holmes and Hutchinson. Girlology’s There’s something new about you. Mass General Intellectual thinking