Challenges come in many shapes and sizes during your teenage years, and hormones do nothing to help the balance. No matter the challenge you’re facing, here are 5 key things to remember when dealing with any issues.

1. You’re Not Alone

When you encounter severe obstacles in your teenage years, it’s easy to feel like you’re struggling alone. This is especially if those directly around you, such as friends and family, don’t seem to have any issues at all.

Added to that, the pressures of social media can mean that you’re constantly viewing profiles and posts of individuals who have seemingly perfect lives.

This can make you feel very isolated and alone, but it’s important to remember that you’re not. You won’t be the only teenager facing challenges, and even if others are apt at hiding it, just remember that you don’t always know what else is going on underneath the surface.

2. There is Help Out There

When feeling alone and overwhelmed, it’s easy to think that the right help for you is never going to be achieved. This isn’t the case. Your support system will be crucial in making you feel more equipped to deal with your problems, such as speaking with a person you trust — whether this be a parent, a friend or a teacher — and airing your issues and feelings.

There are also many professional establishments ready and able to support you through the toughest times, such as a teenage rehabilitation center.

3. Your Mindset Will Be Crucial

You have the power to decide how you want to tackle your own challenges, and the right decision will play a crucial part. It can be very difficult when facing obstacles — especially if experiencing issues such as depression or anxiety — to have the motivation or capability to fight negative thoughts and get in the right mindset, but this doesn’t have to necessarily mean a positive mood. It can simply be making the decision to seek the help and support you need and take one step at a time.

4. Your Challenges Are Your Own

Avoid comparing yourself to others of your age. This can serve to worsen your challenges, or even to diminish them if you feel as though your situation isn’t as bad as someone else’s. Your own problems are still relevant, whether large or small, and it’s important to tackle your own problems without the influence of others.

Furthermore, comparing yourself to other teenagers who seem to have perfect lives — as mentioned above in regard to social media — can result in more struggle, as you may become frustrated at your own situation.

Concentrate on yourself and your own challenges.

5 It Will Make You Stronger

It may sound a little clichéd, but overcoming these challenges in your teenage years will make you stronger. It’s important not to think of yourself as weak if you are facing any issues, as it takes strength and courage to admit you have a problem and to take the steps to fix it.

Once emerging on the other side and towards recovery, you will have learned from your experience and gained strength from what you’ve overcome.