Change is an inevitable part of life, but young adulthood is a time filled to the brim with changes. Transitioning from a teen to an adult. Leaving home for the first time. Attending a new school or entering the workforce. New experiences can be exciting, but there are also opportunities for failures. Failures can be seen as a negative outcome or as a learning experience. These situations can be challenging for anyone, but for young adults who lack resilience, they can be especially difficult.
What Does It Mean to Be Resilient?
Resilience is the ability to cope with and bounce back from stress and adversity, and hopefully even grow through the experience. It is sometimes referred to as thriving instead of just surviving. At its essence, it’s the idea that when you fall down, you are able to get back up again. Resilience stems from the interaction of a person with their environment and the resulting processes that either promote well-being or protect them against the overwhelming influence of risk factors. All young adults will face some challenges to well-being and thriving throughout life. Learning to work through these challenges is necessary for basic survival, but also offers a powerful opportunity for enhancing growth and well-being. Young adults who are resilient are able to better cope and adapt with life’s challenges. Without that skill, they can feel stuck and unable to move forward.
It turns out that you don’t have to be born with a strong sense of resiliency. You can learn it, just like any other life skill. One important factor in building resiliency is creating and maintaining positive relationships. A recent article in Psychology Today states that “Good, positive relationships help a person with reassurance and encouragement when times get tough, and seem to help support a person’s ability to rebound more quickly after a difficult event or problem in their life.”. Developing these relationships also helps young adults be able to effectively and openly communicate your feelings and concerns, which aids overall wellbeing. Cognitive reframing can also be a powerful way to build resistance. If you spend your time assuming that the worst will happen, it can lead to a defeatist attitude. What is the point of trying if you already know you’re going to fail? Noticing these negative thought patterns can help you replace them with more positive thoughts and perspectives. This provides a practice to build confidence and thrive, even when challenged.
Journey Home Can Help
Journey Home East is designed as a 6-12 month step down transitional independent living program that offers therapeutic support, life skills development and refinement, and a template for personal growth and responsibility. Based on structure, support, and mentoring, teens emerge from the Journey Home East program emotionally and intellectually equipped to navigate young adult life. Journey Home East provides key supportive interventions in a home-like setting. We include various types of interventions including group, individual, and family support. As a transitional independent living program, we also help our residents work on independent living skills, develop positive peer and community relationships, help them with academic success, and provide exciting recreational activities. For more information please call 855-290-9684.