Age 18 to 25: The age in which you build your foundation or destroy it...
Age 18 to 25 is also called Adolescence period. Adolescence is the period of transition between childhood and adulthood. Youngsters develop emotionally and socially during this time.
Are you between 18-25 years of age and you feel worried about the direction your life is heading?
At this age, you begin to gain the ability to make decisions and guess their consequences based on your knowledge. This is an age when an individual develops the ability to think, begins to set goals, desires independence from parents, craves for enjoyment, and wants to be given power to do something by himself. This is a phase of life when a child emerges as an adult. Adulthood is a vulnerable time because children can either develop unhealthy habits that might grow into problems when they become adults or practice healthy habits that might help them in their future. While most of the adolescence enjoy good physical and mental health, there are adolescents who are likely to develop serious childhood disorders.
What kind of difficulties does a young person face?
1. Physical changes: Changes that take place due to hormonal differences.
2. Behavioral Changes: Developmental changes that makes children more independent and wanting to try new things and take risks.
3. Educational Challenges: Academic pressure and stress related to studies.
4. Psychological Changes: Changes that affect mental health that create mood disorders and anxiety among adolescents.
5. Social Changes: Adolescence is the time during which social circle expands and youth seem to be occupied with friends and interacting on social media sites.
6. Emotional Problems: Youth tend to show strong, intense emotions and unpredictable moods. This is because they are beginning to express emotions in a mature way.
How can you make adolescence a period of opportunity and positive development?
1. Know what is right for you:
Try to make decisions based on your moral values. ‘Right’ is what helps you achieve goals and gives you prosperity on the other hand ‘Wrong’ is what obstructs your goal and makes you incompatible. Decide wisely on what is right or wrong based on what is more important to you.
2. Set a plan for your life:
Become goal oriented. Deciding what you want to achieve by the time you are 30 or 50 years of age and setting targets to achieve those goals will help you become successful. Make plans on how you have to go about to get what you need.
3. Learn new skills:
Prepare yourself to work as hard as possible and make yourself ready to face difficult situations and overcome disappointments. As young adults, you can acquire great skills such as painting skills, communication skills, software skills, writing skills, and many more. These skills will make you independent.
4. Develop problem solving and decision-making techniques:
These are the most important concepts for life. As an adolescent, you will need to take the toughest decisions such as decisions related to studies, career, and use of drugs and alcohol. You’re supposed to weigh the pros and cons of each of these and think properly before you take decisions.
5. Respect your parents:
Your parents are the ones who always care about your well-being and keep your needs above their own. You should respect them because they taught you how to walk. Discuss all your issues with your parents. Parents are the first people who deserve your gratitude and obedience. So, always show love and respect towards them.
6. Make your Leisure time productive:
Leisure time not only brings you fun and happiness but also brings to you an opportunity to do something different from your routine work. You must spend a part of your leisure time having fun and rest of your time on self-improvement activities such as creative writing, exercising, interior decorating, and acquiring knowledge about various interesting topics.
7. Choose right friends:
Friends have a major influence on how you think, feel, and behave. Friends can have a high impact on the quality of life. Choose friends with similar values and common goals. Choose friends who can bring balance in areas where you are weaker, who motivate and encourage you and share the similar interests. You can count on friends who helped to bring out the best in you without expecting anything in return.
8. Don't get too addicted to social media:
Too many Connections on social media may increase your stress level. Some of the young people are losing sleep because of their extended use of social media at night. Students are getting more distracted from their academic routine during their school and college days. Limit the use of social media and use it positively to avoid suffering from it’s negative impacts.
9. Say NO to any kind of drugs:
Taking drugs affects not just your physical and mental health, but your whole life. Just a single pill of drugs is enough to risk the whole life of a person. A lot of adolescents these days are victims of drug abuse. Addiction is a disease that affects your brain and behavior. When you get addicted to these drugs, you can't resist the urge to use them even after knowing how much harm these drugs may cause to you, they make you lose control and can lead to damaging behaviors.
How can the age 18 to 25 destroy you?
The prevalence of social media and digital communication has changed the way how the adolescents interact with people as well as the way they behave, communicate, sleep, exercise and make use of the benefits given to them.
Here are the main factors that lead to the destruction of young adults:
Adolescents often seem to be depressed and stressed due to academic and social pressure. Suicide due to depression is the leading cause of deaths in people aged 18-25.
2. Sexual Activity:
There are millions of reported cases of early pregnancy and childbirth each year causing death of girls aged 18-20 and complications in pregnancy and childbirth.
3. Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug use:
Drinking alcohol and use of tobacco by teens is a major cause of destruction among adolescents which causes injuries, violence and premature deaths. It also leads to health problems in future.
4. Extensive use of Social Media:
Extensive use of social media can cause negative effects on youth such as sleep deprivation, social isolation, impractical expectations, lower self-esteem, cyber stalking and cyber bullying.
5. Insufficient parental supervision:
Children who don't get proper parental supervision often have lower self-esteem. They lack confidence and become vulnerable to aggression and become emotionally unstable.
It’s time for millennials to know the difference between good and bad and take the right decisions accordingly. You must always try to learn new things in life, be adventurous, exercise regularly, stay away from drugs and alcohol, make good friends, have a healthy lifestyle, avoid negative people, concentrate well in studies, have a greater tolerance level, strive to make a better future for yourself, respect elders and listen to your parents.
The most important thing is to believe in yourself and have a positive attitude towards life because this age can make you or break you.