Mental Health - How Modern Life Causes Stress; And What To Do About It
The life we live in today is stressful. A million things are asked of us each minute of the day. I often wonder why we, as a society, have built this frantic life for ourselves? I repeatedly dream of a simpler lifestyle on a beach and living off my own vegetable garden - anyone else?
So why are our lives so overwhelming; here are three ways reasons the modern world might produce more stress, anxiety, and depression than that of our distant ancestors, and how what we can do about it.
WE COMPARE OURSELVES TO HIGHER STANDARDS
We always compare the first step in our journey to someone else's 100th step. Constantly being blasted with "people living their best lives" on social media is not a reality, and is often hard not to compare.
WE DO TOO MUCH
Society has us fooled into thinking we have to be an A-plus student at everything we do. It's unrealistic. In reality, you cant be a CEO of a million-dollar company, stay at home mum, creative genius, and still be a travel bug all at the same time. It's ok not to be a superwoman. It's ok to just be you.
WE'VE STOPPED PRIORITIZING
Along with trying to do too much, there's a shortage of prioritizing, leading to feeling pulled in different directions in life without a real focus, goal, or purpose. This can result in feeling a lack of achievement or accomplishment, and this, together with a heightened workload, is a recipe for burnout.
WHAT I DO TO IMPROVE MY MENTAL HEALTH
By inputting weekly, I get to reflect on my actions, feelings, and goals, how I handled situations, what I could have done better, what I did well, and what I'm grateful for. Practicing gratitude changes how I look at life and the world around me.
Identify and distance yourself from people who may be bringing you down and pulling you into drama. Instead, make new friends and surround yourself with positive people who will help you maintain your happiness.
REPROGRAMMING MY MIND
Here are some examples of affirmations that I use:
- I can let go of small things.
- I can always find a silver lining.
- I will think before I speak.
- I will replace criticism with compliments.
Where does complaining get you, anyway? Nowhere. So just stop it!
FOCUS ON SELF CARE
Working out is the best self-care for my mental health.
That being said, I set realistic goals for myself. I know I can fit in a run/class once a week, so if I set that goal, I can easily achieve it, and I feel good about that - anything else is just a bonus.
How do you deal with the stress of living in today's society, we'd love to hear in the comments below.