Relieving the Symptoms: Helping An Anxious Young AdultMay 7, 2019
Being an anxious young adult can consume your entire life. Watching someone struggle with the symptoms of anxiety can be extremely difficult. You may feel helpless and unsure of what to do to help them. It is important to understand that anxiety looks different on everyone. What may help one individual may be of no help to another. The appropriate treatment for your loved one should be a plan developed with the help of a professional. However, there are small things you can do to help your anxious young adult. But first, you should educate yourself on the impacts of anxiety and know what to look for.
Acknowledging and Identifying Anxiety in Young Adults
Research has yet to discover the exact cause of anxiety disorders. Similar to other mental illnesses, anxiety disorders can stem from a variety of things including: changes in the brain, environmental stress, and genetics. There are a number of anxiety disorders, all with different signs and symptoms. There are also general anxiety symptoms. Your anxious young adult may exhibit some or all of the following symptoms:
- Panic, fear, and uneasiness
- Sleep problems
- Not being able to stay calm and still
- Cold, sweaty, numb or tingling hands or feet
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Dry mouth
- Tense muscles
Help at Home for An Anxious Young Adult
You should approach your anxious young adult with a positive attitude. Do not make them feel limited or unvalued because of their struggles with anxiety. Instead, have a positive approach to overcoming symptoms of anxiety. There are both small and large things you can do to help combat the symptoms. Here are some ways you can do your part in guiding your anxious young adult down a healthier and happier path:
- Pay attention to your child’s feelings.
- Stay calm when your child becomes anxious about a situation or event.
- Recognize and praise small accomplishments.
- Don’t punish mistakes or lack of progress.
- Be flexible, but try to maintain a normal routine.
- Modify expectations during stressful periods.
- Plan for transitions (For example, allow extra time in the morning if getting to school is difficult).
Trails Momentum can help
Trails Momentum is a wilderness therapy program for young adults ages 18-25 to transition to independence and improved self-awareness. The program uses adventure therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a strength-based approach. It is a small and nurturing community that focuses on goals of improved self-regulation and overall functioning for the young adults. Trails Momentum gives students the skills they need to lead healthier, happier lives. We can help your family today!
Contact us at 877-296-8711