|You, Your Life, Your Dreams: A Book for Adolescents (FCI, 2000, 213 p.)|
|CHAPTER 5: BASIC BODY CARE|
Along with good food and plenty of exercise, you need to rest enough. Resting allows the body to store up more energy. Rest can be in the form of physical relaxation or sleeping.
Take time to relax each day by reading a book, doing something you enjoy, listening to the radio, or simply reflecting on your life. In small quantities, television can be relaxing, but don't spend too much time watching the television or videos.
Sleep is an especially important form of rest. Only when you are asleep does your heart slow down and your muscles relax. This allows your body to recover and repair itself from any stresses or injuries. You need a lot of sleep during adolescence because your body uses up a lot of energy. Most people need about 8 hours of sleep every night. Some people need less, and some people need more. If you are tired all the time, make sure that you are going to bed early enough. All the changes your body is going through are very demanding, so make sure you give it a chance to rest!
There are a few simple and basic things you need to know about taking good care of your body.
· As you reach puberty, you will start to perspire more. Bathing will keep you clean and smelling nice.
By practising good hygiene, eating well, exercising properly and resting, you will allow your body to function at its best. You will feel good physically, which will also help you feel good emotionally.