Social media. Bullying. Peer pressure. It’s no wonder teen girls are constantly stressed and anxiety-ridden! And, unfortunately, girls in their middle school and high school years are experiencing more trials and tribulations than ever before. The many physical, mental and emotional changes teen girls face during the transition from childhood to adulthood can be downright overwhelming – potentially having serious long-term effects on their health and well-being. Because teen girls are subject to so many different issues and uncontrollable circumstances in their own environments, it’s critical to understand the positive influence of a life coach.
First and foremost, life coaching is not the same as counseling or therapy. Life coaching is the process of empowering others by helping them make, meet and exceed goals in both their personal and professional lives. Life coaching for teen girls can have a powerful impact on their long-term growth and development. Here are some of the reasons why life coaching can guide your teenage daughter through the many challenges of today’s world:
Social media’s negative effects.
As little as 10 years ago, social media in any form didn’t exist. Now, social media is easily one of the most popular means of communication for teenagers. Unfortunately, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are known for fostering feelings of comparison and peer pressure, as well as contributing to cyberbullying and loneliness. Because teens often do not have the intellect or mental strength to use these sites in a positive way, life coaching can help your teen daughter achieve a healthy balance between “real life” and the false perceptions of social media.
A culture of drinking and drugs.
No matter how much you may try to counteract it, teenage girls are constantly being influenced by the media and their friends to engage in drinking and drugs. A culture of drinking and drugs has become so prevalent that many teen girls are brainwashed into thinking these activities are completely acceptable. Often teens engage in recreational drinking and drugs to escape feelings of sadness or fit in with their peers. A life coach can help your teen understand the ramifications of this harmful behavior and help her discover new outlets to overcome feelings of depression, anxiety and peer pressure.
Pressure to succeed and be perfect.
There is enormous pressure on teenage girls to figure out their plans for college and career. Many teen girls feel compelled to get accepted and attend certain colleges to uphold a certain image in front of parents, teachers or friends. A life coach can help your teen navigate this process in a healthy way, helping her feel less overwhelmed and more in control of her future endeavors. Most importantly, a life coach will empower your teen to listen to her innermost voice, giving her the strength and confidence to make the best decisions for her future.
Over time, a life coach can have a very significant impact on a teen’s life – being both a friend and a mentor to her during even the most challenging times. A life coach is also there to celebrate your teen’s accomplishments, always by her side with the tools and motivation to succeed.