Emotional changes are an integral part of transitioning from childhood to adulthood during the phase of puberty. These are often interrelated with physical changes
Puberty is not just a milestone for physical changes. This phase of life also enables teenagers to embark upon multiple mental, social and psychological changes, This period is a very important time for all of us as we grow and experience the world and ourselves in different ways and through different lenses.
Emotional development is rapid during puberty which is also interrelated with the physical and social changes occurring. Teenagers may find this time to be challenging and overwhelming because coping with all these different types of changes is not simple. It’s important to have essential information during this time which can be provided by parents, schools, peers and caregivers.
Here are some emotional and psychological changes to keep an eye out for in yourself and others.
- Increased moodiness and irritability due to increased hormonal rates in the body
- Physical appearance can also lead to feeling sensitive and upset from time to time causing self-criticism and low self-esteem
- Feeling angry or disconnected with family members and feeling more connected and atuned with peers and friends as they may also be experiencing similar physical, emotional, social and psychological changes which makes it easy to relate with them and vice versa
- Peer pressure can also lead modifying likes and dislikes based on what’s ‘in’ and what’s ‘out’ which may be uncomfortable to cope with as they may vary from your base beliefs and values inculcated by family and culture
- The need to try different things can also cause emotional imbalance as it may come from a place of wanting to ‘fit in’ which also may be uncomfortable and daunting
- Feelings of rejection are very evident during this time as teens engage in social interactions which can be responsible for feelings of lack of self-worth, guilt, shame and likewise
- It’s natural for people to grow differently which also may create self-doubt and consciousness about self and question the process of growth and development and whether things are ‘normal’ or not
Puberty is such a rocky road transition from adolescence to adulthood. This also means taking on different responsibilities and think about areas of life which were otherwise absent until now, like career, further education, relationships, marriage, morals, opinions and likewise. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed in the midst of these changes and father as much information as you can. Talk to someone you trust and ask plenty of questions. Support yourself and your peers as they may also be going through a tough time.
As daunting as this phase might be, remember, it will end and you will evolve to a more stable and manageable life.