Global Stress Factors
Across the globe people are living through some really tough times. Moreover, it doesn´t look like things are going to get easier any time soon. Sometimes, pressures weigh down heavy on us as our lives become more unsettled. Even though we manage to push through the tough times, because in all honesty, there is no other option, the strain turns into stress and life takes on a different hue altogether. There are many causes of stress and millions of people all around the world are drowning in crippling debts and losing their homes as a result of job losses. This downward spiral has become an all too familiar reality for many and as stress and anxiety take over, nothing appears to be safe and secure.
Stress in the Digital Age
As wonderful and useful as the digital age is, it has given birth to an age of anxiety and stress. Depressing and distressing news images and stories take over the lion´s share of newsfeeds that only add to our perspective of an extremely bleak outlook of the world. Never before have we had such ease of access to information and never before have so many had to cope with the stress levels that this era has brought with it. We are digitally tied in both our work and person lives, through iPhones, iPads, laptops and any other number of electronic devices. The effect of this, we will discuss in another article but it´s suffice to say that electronic devices are adding to the stress levels and aiding sleepless nights.
Stress and the Economy
The current economy is a huge factor in people´s stress levels that simply can´t be ignored. The world is in debt and wherever you look, the cost of living price is rising at a faster pace than most salaries. It is for this reason that many people have given up on their dream job or pursuing a career and settle for work in menial roles that pay a regular wage. The mindset being that survival is more important than chasing a dream.
Stress and Family Life
The stress and anxiety is rife throughout all demographics; two parent families; single parent families; the elderly; divorced people; single people and students. Everyone is cutting back on life´s essentials in order to survive. For many, basic human rights such as a healthy diet, warm affordable housing and sound night´s sleep are a thing of the past. Few are untouched by the ever increasing stress that modern life brings. Longer working hours means that family and personal life often take a back seat and people don´t get the time to be a father, husband mother, wife or sibling. We are social creatures and have a need for being around others. The problem is that when we are around others, we often have very little time and patience is thin due to the everyday stresses of life.
Stress and Student Life
Younger people are in no way exempt from these pressures. In particular students. There is a cost to education and an exorbitant one at that. Students are saddled with tens of thousands of debt. Having to spread the cost and pay this back well into their 30s, holds them back from moving forward with their life. In some countries we have seen a rise in the number of people in their 30s still living at home with their parents. This is not a healthy situation. People need to grow and enjoy the journey through each life stage, not be stuck in the same one long past your time.
Taking Control of Stress
A lack of control over situations is one of the main contributors to rising stress levels. The simple answer would be to reverse the situation and take back the control. However, it´s not that easy. The good news is that it can be done, it´s just going to take some hard work and a different approach to your current way of thinking. You have everything that you need to overcome the stress and anxiety that you are currently experiencing. That everything is YOU!!! Often, we have drifted so far from the path that we don´t realize how much we are being controlled by stress. You have all the tools you need inside you, to take back that control. The key is knowing how to use them. Once you understand how to use these tools to get your life back on track, you can start to live your life again.
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