20 major concerns and worries teenagers and young women have
Here is a list of the most common issues I’ve found younger women typically have. Some may ring true to you. I think this list is useful in that you are not alone!
Academic performance and future career prospects: I worry about my grades and if they'll be good enough for college. I stress about what I want to do with my life and if I'll be successful in my chosen career path. It's a lot of pressure to figure it all out.
Peer pressure and fitting in with social groups: I constantly feel like I need to fit in and be accepted by my friends. Sometimes, I'm afraid of being judged or left out if I don't do what everyone else is doing. It's tough to stay true to myself while trying to fit in.
Body image and appearance-related issues: I'm always worried about how I look. I compare myself to others and wish I could be thinner or prettier. It's hard not to feel self-conscious, especially when there are so many expectations and standards around beauty.
Romantic relationships and dating: I have this fear of being alone or not finding someone who truly loves me. Dating can be confusing and overwhelming. I worry about getting hurt or making the wrong choices when it comes to relationships.
Financial independence and managing personal finances: Money matters stress me out. I worry about finding a job that pays well and being able to support myself. Budgeting and managing expenses can be intimidating, and I'm afraid of falling into debt.
Balancing academic/work responsibilities with personal life: It's a constant struggle to find a balance between school, work, and having a social life. I worry about burning out and not having enough time for myself or the things I enjoy.
Mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, and stress: Sometimes, I feel overwhelmed by my emotions. Anxiety and depression can make it hard to focus and enjoy life. I worry about my mental well-being and how it might affect my daily life.
Pressure to meet societal expectations and gender roles: Society expects me to behave and look a certain way because I'm a girl. It's frustrating and limiting. I worry about not being able to break free from these expectations and live life on my own terms.
Fear of failure and not achieving personal goals: I have big dreams, but the fear of failing holds me back. I worry that I won't live up to my own expectations and disappoint myself and others.
Sexual health, including contraception and preventing sexually transmitted infections: I worry about staying safe and making responsible choices when it comes to sex. I fear unwanted pregnancies or contracting an STI. It's essential to have accurate information and access to resources.
Gender inequality and discrimination: It's disheartening to see how girls and women are treated differently in society. I worry about facing discrimination and not being treated fairly based on my gender. It's important to fight for equality and challenge these biases.
Bullying, both in person and online (cyberbullying): Bullying can happen anywhere, even online. I worry about being targeted, harassed, or humiliated by others. It's scary to think that someone might intentionally try to hurt me emotionally.
Coping with parental expectations and pressure: My parents have expectations for me, and sometimes it feels like a lot of pressure to live up to their standards. I worry about disappointing them or not meeting their expectations.
Decision-making about higher education or career paths: Choosing a career or deciding on a college major is a big decision. I worry about making the wrong choice and wasting time or money on something I don't enjoy or excel in.
Fear of missing out (FOMO) and keeping up with social media: Social media makes me feel like I'm always missing out on something fun or exciting. I worry about not being as popular or having as many experiences as others. It's hard to remember that social media doesn't show the whole truth.
Uncertainty about the future and finding one's purpose: I often feel lost and unsure about what the future holds for me. I worry about finding my passion and purpose in life. It's tough to imagine where I'll be years from now.
Peer conflicts and friendship dynamics: Friends are important to me, but sometimes conflicts arise. I worry about losing friendships or being involved in drama. It's challenging to navigate these situations without hurting anyone's feelings.
Safety concerns, particularly when out alone at night: Going out alone at night can be scary. I worry about my safety and the potential dangers I might face. It's important to take precautions and be aware of my surroundings.
Managing time effectively and prioritizing tasks: There's always so much to do, and it feels like time is slipping away. I worry about not being able to manage my time well and feeling overwhelmed with responsibilities.
Struggling with self-confidence and self-esteem: I often doubt myself and worry about not being good enough. It's hard to feel confident when there are constant comparisons and judgments. I wish I could believe in myself more and see my own worth