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Journaling can be an effective tool for dealing with emotions while expressing yourself in a positive way. A recent article in Positive Psychology states: “It’s hypothesized that writing works to enhance our mental health through guiding us towards confronting previously inhibited emotions (reducing the stress from inhibition), helping us process difficult events and compose a […]

Validation is the confirmation or affirmation that one’s feelings are valid or worthwhile. There are two types of validation: international and external. External validation can come in many forms, such as social media interactions and compliments, and comes from others validating your feelings. And while these validations can feel good at the moment, the problem […]

Self-care has become a buzz phrase with many influencers in the media touting the benefits. When we talk about self-care, many people immediately think of spa days and bubble baths, but the reality is that self-care can actually be much simpler and much more accessible. Taking care of your mental and physical health is an […]

Wouldn’t it be nice if when we turned 18 and crossed that threshold from childhood to adulthood, someone handed us a handbook that included everything we needed to know? Unfortunately, there is no handbook for adulthood, but there are some life skills that every young adult should know. Transitioning from Childhood to Adulthood Becoming an […]

A milestone of adulthood is heading out to your first job interview. It can be exciting as you take a step towards financial independence, but it can also be a little nerve wracking if you feel unprepared. It is normal to feel nervous for your first job interview, but with some guidance, you can feel […]

Wilderness therapy can be a life-changing experience for young adults. After spending weeks in nature reconnecting with themselves, a positive peer group, and their families, your young adult may feel ready and excited to come back home. Or they may not. A wilderness therapy program is a safe space for many young adults, and for […]

Gone are the days when young adults needed a bulky gaming system to play their favorite video games. Today, most of them are able to carry their favorite games around with them in their pocket. Playing on the bus, in the car, at a friend’s house, or late into the night in bed has become […]

According to the U.S. Department of Education NCES, nearly one-third of all incoming freshmen each year are first-generation college students. But within 6 years, only 40% of first-generation students have completed their Bachelor’s degree, compared to 55% of those whose parents have college degrees. Some studies suggest that this difference may be less related to […]

Many young adults choose to take a gap year from college due to anxiety around assignments and socializing in a college environment. The idea behind taking a gap year is to give them time and space to develop tools to help them be more successful when they re-enter an academic setting, but many parents express […]

Young adulthood is considered a limbo between dependence and independence. This is even more true for college students, who may make their own rules and schedules but heavily rely on their parents for financial support and advice regarding many adult roles and responsibilities. This shift in their relationship with their parents as people who enforce […]