Learning the corona virus has been a source of stress and anxiety for all of us; But long before Corona entered our lives, anxiety was growing among us. Disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, depression, and suicide were particularly prevalent among young people; But have you ever wondered why I am always stressed? In this article, we want to examine this issue from the perspective of two psychologists. Stay with us.
A recent survey by the American Psychological Association shows that the average person believes they have an unhealthy level of stress. Why am I always stressed? What is behind this stress and anxiety?
Psychologists Anthony Roa and Powell Nepper have explored this issue in their book, The Power of Dynamics. They point out that our lives have changed profoundly and that we are working hard to adapt to these changes. “In the last 200 years, humans have not grown much genetically, but the changes that have taken place in human life over the last 200 years have been shocking,” says Naper. “As a result, there is a lot of inconsistency between how we were designed and what is being asked of us, and we are working hard to adapt to such a changing reality.”
Eight Common Causes of Anxiety
Neper and Roa consider eight factors to be effective in “uninterrupted anxiety intoxication.” Here are the eight factors.
1. Lose control
Too many desires and expectations have led many of us to “feel out of control of our lives.” “I hear a lot of people, even successful business executives who work hard to manage themselves and make the right decisions, complain of feeling very tired,” says Roa.
He sees this among the children he examines in his clinic. “Year after year, they look more frozen,” he says. They seem to have a feeling of extreme tiredness; “Moments that separate them from their critical thinking and make them feel extremely helpless.”
Neper and Roa associate this feeling of helplessness and pressure with a loss of dynamism. “Lack of dynamism is often the result of a lot of doubt about your place in the world,” they say in their book. “People describe it as a sense of movement, without having a clear path or confidence in the future.”
2. Digital Wave
Digital innovations have completely changed our daily experience. “We get a lot of messages every day and we’re constantly consuming digital information,” says Naper. Our minds are not designed to process the constant flow of input, and this puts us under cognitive pressure. “That’s why people are confused.”
He also points out that we are constantly being influenced by our digital devices without realizing it. “Others are constantly texting us to impress us or to ask us to do something for them,” he says. “For example, we receive messages inviting us to buy a product or to vote in a particular field.”
The more we depend on the screen of our digital device, the more we are affected by these messages. “The digital devices that are in front of us every day are designed to keep us in front of them as much as possible,” says Roa. “We are so used to holding and looking at them, working with them and finding our friends in them that our minds give us strong messages to reach them.” We are accustomed to filling our boredom moments with digital devices. Roa believes that the cost of this habit is that we can not easily empty our minds and become unconsciously drawn to them.
The effects of social media are more pronounced in young people, especially those in high school. “The intense and sometimes toxic comparisons of social media have filled the minds of young people,” says Roa. They tell themselves that I have a defect. “Everyone seems to be happier, happier, better and more beautiful than me.” These are likely to play a role in the rate of depression and anxiety among young people.
3. Less human communication
Digital communication has replaced human communication (even before social distancing due to the spread of the Corona virus). Much of our human communication has given way to interactions on social media, videoconferencing, email, and other digital methods. Although we may not be aware of it, our souls are thirsty for three-dimensional (physical) interactions with others.
4. Sitting lifestyle
We move less than before. This hurts us not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Continuous exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress and anxiety and also helps improve sleep and mood; But because of technology, we often sit all day.
5. Less time in nature
Another problem is spending less time in nature. Because using mobile means staying at home, we are also deprived of the benefits of being in nature.
6. There is no escape from work
“There is no real separation between work and real life anymore,” Nepper said. People used to go to work from morning to evening and then spend the rest of the day focusing on personal tasks. “Now they think about work almost all the time, even at night and on weekends, and they work 24 hours a day.”
7. Economic anxiety
Economic changes have raised more doubts about the financial future. In recent years, the economic situation of the people has changed drastically. This change in economic situation and insecurity about the future has led to growing anxiety and stress.
8. Productivity obsession
Neper and Roa believe that many of these factors lead to “obsession” with productivity. Because we are working all the time, we think we should always work anyway, and the more we work, the less we ask ourselves whether this is the life we want or not. It is difficult to get rid of this lifestyle when working too much is normal these days. “If I try to be successful in life and adapt to the current situation and look around to see what others are doing to succeed, I see people who are passionate about doing a thousand different things,” says Naper. . »
Seeing what others are doing strengthens our belief that we should not rest on our laurels. This obsession with productivity can be seen even in school children. “Children work harder and have less free time,” says Roa. “From a very young age, children are expected to produce and be on track, and their success is to be measured and measured.”
The effect of stress on health
When you are in a stressful situation, your body reacts physically: your nervous system comes into action and releases hormones that prepare you to fight or escape the situation. This reaction is called “war-fighting” and that is why when you are in a stressful situation, you will probably notice that your heart rate increases, your breathing becomes faster, your muscles contract and you sweat. This type of stress is short-term and temporary (applied stress) and your body usually heals quickly and returns to normal.
But if your stress system stays active for a long time (chronic stress), it can lead to more serious health problems. The constant release of stress hormones wears out your body and makes you age faster and more prone to disease. If you have been stressed for a short time, you may have noticed these physical symptoms:
- sleep disorders;
- Difficulty concentrating;
- stomach discomfort;
- bad temper.
If the duration of stress is prolonged and not treated properly, it can lead to more serious health problems, such as:
- blood pressure;
- Cardiac arrhythmia;
- Heart disease;
- Hardening of the arteries;
- heart attack;
- Heartburn, gastric ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome;
- Stomach upset, nausea, constipation and diarrhea;
- Weight loss or weight gain;
- Change in sexual orientation;
- Fertility problems;
- Asthma attacks;
- Skin problems such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Stress management makes a big difference in your health. Research has shown that women with heart disease can live longer by managing their stress through a regular schedule.
How to help yourself?
There is no quick fix to this complex combination of forces that makes people feel pressured and tense; But if you feel stressed and anxious, there are simple ways to begin to regain dynamism in life. Try one or more of the following to get started today:
- Reduce sitting time in front of digital devices. Eliminate time-consuming and useless communication apps and ban mobile use in certain places and times such as bed and dining.
- Move more. Get up once or twice an hour and walk for a few minutes. Even a little movement is better than sitting all the time.
- Increase the time spent in nature. Being in nature calms the nervous system. Look for an excuse to go out, even for a few minutes. Take a short walk. Try to absorb the sky, birds, plants and the environment. Feel your soul tied to the world.
- Give yourself a break. Continuous work does not increase productivity, because it reduces your energy and enthusiasm. Set aside time to relax and work, and focus on your loved ones or hobbies.
- Replace face-to-face communication with virtual communication. Instead of chatting with your friends, visit them. Take your kids to the park for a walk with their friends. Drink tea with your friend or spouse.
These small tasks become effective over time. By finding greater mental clarity, you can design a better life for yourself with well-being and happiness.
Are you dealing with stress under the influence of the corona virus and even before that? How have the economic changes of recent years affected your life? Has long-term stress affected your health? Do you have a plan for managing and managing your stress? Have you tried any of the above suggested solutions? If so, what effect have they had on the management of the estuary? Leave your comments with us in the “Post a Comment” section.