Achieving life balance in your 20s can be a challenge, especially when it seems like life keeps throwing curve balls.
You dream of the day that you will be out on your own, not having to listen to your parents’ rules, and having the freedom to do whatever you want whenever you want. Although this can be such an exciting time, for some, it seems like the novelty of this freedom can wear off quickly. With freedom comes additional responsibilities, which may feel overwhelming at times. The added stress can even trigger symptoms of depression and anxiety. For some, things just fall into place and young adulthood can be a time of great growth and excitement. However, for others, figuring out this “life stuff” isn’t as easy. And EVERYONE in their 20s is going to experience some disappointment and stress, that is just a normal part of life. You are required to start juggling many external demands, many of them for the first time.
SO…what about you?
Finding life balance is all about making your wellbeing a priority alongside all of the external demands that you have to attend to in your life. Often times, we hear this act of self-prioritization referred to as “self-care.” It means taking time to engage in activities that you find nourishing and reenergizing.
I know, you are going to say, “But I don’t have the energy or time to do those things!”
But you DO. However, making time is going to require that you say, “NO” to things in your life that may be unimportant or less of a priority. Self-care is really about reflecting on your current situation and the choices you are making and deciding what is working and what isn’t. What activities, people, and experiences are taking energy AWAY from you and which ones are ENERGIZING you? It’s also important to recognize that creating life balance is a life-long task. As our lives change, our ways of coping must change, as well.
Young adults often find that speaking with a therapist can help in identifying aspects of life that may not be working for them. The psychologists at Metta Psychology Group are able to provide a space to discuss your current life concerns and aid you in brainstorming ways to find a better life balance. Additionally, Metta’s therapists are skilled at recognizing symptoms of other concerns, such as depression and anxiety, that may make it difficult for you to care for yourself.