All Kinds of News for November 07, 2018
Pure Life Adventure is the perfect destination for older young adults (25-30) who need to step back from their daily lives to work on the depression and anxiety that is holding them back from reaching their goals. Jeffrey Calderon, Clinical Director of Pure Life, shares the lessons he has learned working with this unique group.
Working with young adults over 25 has taught him how crucial this stage of life is in terms of identity explorations. During this life stage, young adults explore various possibilities in love and work as they move toward making enduring choices. As they progress through these choices, they develop a more definitive identity. They begin to better understand who they are, what their capabilities and limitations are, what their beliefs and values are, and how they fit into the society. The early experiences of young adulthood are in the past and, at this age, more pressing social expectations take place; procrastination at this stage can be very detrimental. Clearly these stressors might result in a period of emotional instability. Older young adults struggle with ambivalence; feeling in-between adolescence and adulthood. Therefore, it is not uncommon to encounter obstacles when replacing adolescent patterns and behaviors with a new set of adult attitudes and roles. Feeling "stuck in between" is a familiar theme with these clients.
Older young adults also struggle with intimacy versus isolation. During this period, the major conflict centers on forming intimate, loving relationships with others. These attempts to form deeper and thoughtful relationships may have profound effects on their adult roles. Furthermore, sexual identify and gender may be questioned, reaffirmed, and solidified during these years. Patterns between adolescent relationships (parent and child) and adult relationships can become complicated as young adults try to negotiate this new world while holding on to their past. Young adults can feel paralyzed in their conflicting roles.
In today's world, almost endless possibilities and opportunities are incessantly thrown at young adults. This unrelenting rhythm can easily overwhelm clients after a few years of college or after graduation. A wide sense of broad possibilities for the future could be highly positive, but it can also become aggravating and confusing. Sometimes, young adults over 25 have not found their passion or "calling" yet. They might feel lost and disappointed by their choices during their first years of school or after their first experiences in the job market. In this modern scenario, it is crucial to secure emotional stability by finding meaning and purpose to their lives.
Finally, this is a period where clients might first sense the weight of time passing by. Before 25 most young adults believe in their limitless possibilities, however during this stage they might feel as if time has gone too fast and that they should have met the social expectations once set for them. Marriage or emotional stability, financial success, and a sense of purpose are only some of the most common demands that young adults are asked to fulfill during this period. Any deviation from these social norms start to cause disappointment and frustration in young adults. Most importantly, some of them may wrongly feel that there is no more time to accomplish any of these demands.
Pure Life allows older young adults to step back from their emerging adulthood. They are given a clean slate and launching board to explore their relationships, passions, and emotions. Through weekly therapy, intentional challenges, and numerous peer interactions, they are able to process their current struggles to embark upon a successful future.
About Pure Life Adventure
Pure Life Adventure is located in the Central Pacific region of beautiful Costa Rica. Relying on decades of experience in the Costa Rican outdoor industry, the bicultural team provides a therapeutically sophisticated and holistic approach to helping young adults with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, executive function deficits, trauma and substance abuse. The students are individuals with very real challenges looking for lasting change. Pure Life utilizes traditional individual and group therapy in combination with outdoor experiential learning and adventure. The Pure Life integrated and dynamic approach includes an emphasis on fitness, mindfulness, life skills and cultural immersion.