If you are a young adult between the age of 18 and 30, you are experiencing a period of life that is both exciting and tumultuous. Some young adults are starting jobs in the workforce, going off to college, starting relationships, or beginning to live on one’s own. During this stage of life, they may be moving into new and unfamiliar adult roles and responsibilities. Young adults can be suddenly expected to accept legal responsibility, make important decisions, and begin supporting themselves financially.
A young adult can be confronted with many issues as they begin to navigate the waters of what it is to be a grown-up. Some may find this period of their life to be stressful and confusing, while others embrace the challenge and find the experience enjoyable.
Society puts a lot of pressure on today’s youth. Recent research indicates that the path to adulthood now takes longer than in past generations. There are many things to consider. What college should I go to? How am I going to pay for my continuing education? What if I don’t want to go to college because education is not my strong suit? When should I get married and start a family? The list goes on and on. The expectations of society can leave young adults feeling pressured to make life-changing decisions before they are ready. This pressure can lead to symptoms of anxiety and despair.
Peer pressure to conform is a force the youth of today must face. We all have a desire to fit in and identify with others. Sometimes individuals may feel the need to compromise their own values, decisions, and goals in order to achieve that sense of belonging. Young adults seem to be particularly affected by peer pressure who are trying to find their way in the world. It can take many forms. Some, for example, might feel pressure to take drugs and alcohol or feel pressured to be in a relationship.
Dating can be another stressor for young adults. They may, for example, may have yet to experience healthy romantic relationships. Many issues can sabotage a relationship such as a low sense of self-worth, being in an abusive relationship, and a lack of communication skills.
There are characteristics and traits associated with a successful transition to adulthood that young adults can develop and foster. They include the following: confidence in one’s ability to achieve goals, master learned skills, and be socially connected. The development and ability to manage emotions and maintain a sense of optimism are also important for healthy development.
When things get too much to bear, many young people seek help for the issues that are causing them distress. Therapy can assist young adults in developing healthy thought patterns, work towards personal goals, develop healthy relationships, and connect with support networks. Some questions that might be answered in therapy include: What values and goals are important to me? Why am I experiencing fears and anxieties about becoming independent? How do I discover who I really am?
If you would like to help with the challenges of adulthood or other issues that might be on your mind, please feel free to contact me. I would like to help.