Are our teens and 20s really the “Best years of our lives”?

 

For many of us it’s the opposite.

The transition to adulthood can be so overwhelming!

You’re expected to be independent but ask permission; take risks but don’t screw up; respect older generations but don’t repeat their mistakes, and make everyone happy, including yourself.

Don’t forget to decide what you want to do with your life, too. 

 

With so much going on, even the most “well adjusted” people can use some extra support.

For many of us, symptoms of anxiety or depression can show up as a natural response to having all of this to deal with at once.

What does that even mean? Well, it might look like skipping class, spending too long gaming or online, or just not wanting to talk about the “important” things.

Or maybe it shows up as the feeling that our emotions are out of control a lot, like being angry or upset a lot, acting before we think, and maybe even wanting to hurt ourselves, or others.

Helping people through this challenging time is something I am so passionate about.

I have years of experience working with issues that youth have to face, and I love providing support and coping tools to help young people not just “get through” their youth, but be able to enjoy it, gain more trust and freedom, and learn how to start planning for a future they’re stoked and prepared for.

 

I know that it’s hard, but I also know things can get better. They did for me, and they can for you too.