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    After leaving residential treatment, young women often look for alternative ways to manage depression beyond traditional psychotherapy. Transition programs encourage residents to get involved in recreation activities to help them find a sense of purpose and improve their overall physical health and wellbeing. Yoga and mindfulness are becoming popular activities among young women, but recent research suggests that it may be more than just a trend in the wellness world. Yoga and mindfulness are effective strategies, when combined with other...

    After leaving residential treatment, young women set different types of goals to help them maintain personal growth. While they may enter treatment questioning “What can I do to keep myself alive,” their focus shifts to “What do I plan to do with my one wild and precious life?” As they complete specific treatment goals, they begin to work on how to integrate healthy habits that will help them live a more purposeful life. Many girls continue to struggle with visualizing...

    While no one necessarily wants to see themselves in a negative light, unconscious self-defeating thoughts can destroy one’s attempts to build self-esteem. These messages may be a response to traumatic events or rejection or a bad habit developed over time. When young adults have internalized messages that they are inadequate or worthless, they are less likely to pursue goals that would help them shift their perspective of themselves. Many young adults struggle to believe positive affirmations; however, trying to increase...

    One of the biggest obstacles for young women leaving residential treatment is building healthy relationships. Many teens come from a background of social isolation or making connections based on shared negative experiences or interest in risky behaviors. For both groups of teens, social media has played a role in both helping them maintain social connections and contributing to unhealthy comparisons between bodies, lifestyles, and social status. As an alternative to social media, healthy social activities help girls develop meaningful relationships...

    According to the latest meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council, measures to address inequality and discrimination may be far more effective in combatting mental illness than the emphasis over the past 30 years on medication and therapy. While typical forms of psychotherapy are beneficial in reducing symptoms of depression, looking at mental health from a wellbeing perspective rather than a mental illness perspective may address underlying issues contributing to the mental health epidemic in young adults. Community models...

    Confidence really is key. However, it isn’t something we just wake up with. Confidence is something we work to build our entire lives. Young adults especially thrive off of confidence. These are the years in which one jumps into the unknown and takes chances to discover what path they want to take in life. According to Psychology Today, the following elements are necessary in achieving one’s own personal greatness: Passionate and committed (because a lot of that striving for your...

    After a teen or young adult has participated in a residential treatment program, the transition back home can be scary. The hope is that when young adults leave residential treatment programs, that feel more equipped to conquer life and any challenges that may ensue. Effective residential treatment programs will spend treatment time helping your young adult build a greater sense of independence. Leaving residential treatment can be a huge transition for everyone, however, it is a completely manageable one!  The After-Treatment...

    Part of reaching independence as a young adult means one enters into the workforce. Even before then, one begins sharpening skills that will make them a desirable employee. After all, it is hard to get a job if one does not have the skills necessary to perform at the expected level. You as a parent can help with building employment skills in young adults. In small ways and in large ways they can hone in on the general skills that...

    Without practicing proper self-care, leading a healthy life will become increasingly difficult. We must first take care of ourselves before we can take care of anyone else. Self-care can encompass many things. It can be broken down in categories such as: Workplace or professional, physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and relationships. Young adults should work to implement a plan of action to prioritize self-care. Here are some tips to get one started in each category. Workplace or professional self-care This involves activities...

    Seeing someone we love feel unconfident can be extremely difficult. We are our own worst critic. Sometimes you may not know what to say or do for someone who lacks confidence. Without confidence, going about everyday can be a challenge. One may feel inadequate, less than, incapable, or inferior. Self confidence in young adults is vital to navigating adulthood. When young adults feel confident and empowered they are more able to tackle life’s challenges. The Formula for Success for Self...