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How to Challenge Yourself as a Young Adult

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Do you find yourself stuck in a rut or feeling uninspired? Maybe you feel a bit like you’re going through life on autopilot with minimal real thinking throughout your day. It could be time to challenge yourself. Challenge is by definition something that is difficult. But the truth is, it is when we challenge ourselves, that we grow. 

Why Seek Out Challenge?

When you push yourself past your comfort zone and into an area of growth, each new challenge is an opportunity to learn more about yourself. Maybe you’ll discover a hidden talent or learn a new way to solve an old problem. New experiences create new neural pathways as our brain learns to adapt to the situation. Challenging ourselves encourages our brains to be engaged and our mind to stay present. Instead of letting your thoughts wander or being on autopilot, you’re forced to remain focused and mindful. 

How to Seek Out Challenges:

Change is a constant in our lives. And while for some people, change can be stressful, we can learn to respond to it rather than react to it. Challenging ourselves builds up that resiliency for change. There are many ways to engage in challenges both big and small: 

Take a class. Taking a class is an easy way to challenge yourself on multiple levels. If you’re someone who is uncomfortable meeting new people, a class is a low-risk way to engage with new people with whom you already share a common interest. If you’re looking to create a new skill, a class like dance or drawing can take you out of your comfort zone and into that place of growth. 

Find a daily challenge. Challenges don’t have to feel overwhelming. You can start with something small like drinking eight glasses of water a day or exercising for twenty minutes daily. These smaller challenges can feel more achievable and help you build confidence towards tackling larger challenges in the future. 

Advance your career. If you’re feeling a little bit stuck in your job, seek out a workshop or training that can teach you new skills or techniques you can use in the workplace. These trainings can help you advance your career, but they can also help remind you why you were passionate about your job to begin with. 

Journey Home Can Help

At Journey Home, we work with people who struggle with a variety of presenting problems such as depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, body image issues, ADHD and other learning issues, academic struggles, and low self-esteem. The emphasis with these young clients is to assist them in maintaining success in academic, vocational, social, and career goals and plans.

We focus on guiding students through our whole-person approach to growth and development. Together with their clinician, students will focus on the creation of specific skills and goals to strive toward. This comprehensive approach provides the structure, support, and mentoring for teens to move on from Journey Home West as empowered young women, ready to successfully launch into their lives. For more information please call (855) 918-0032.