We live in a world that changes constantly. Even though there is more prosperity in the world now than in the past, the amount of people with stress, anxiety, and depression increases on a daily basis. That’s a scary thought, isn’t it?
In Denmark, 250.000 to 300.000 people are experiencing serious symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. In the US, 3 out of 4 Americans have experienced at least one stress symptom and 45% have experienced lying awake every night because they can’t control their anxious thoughts.
Concerns about work and the financial situation at home are among the most frequent sources of stress. But people are also concerned about climate changes, migrations, robots taking over our jobs and so much more. All these changes in our society is making people nervous. I get that.
People are also stressed about social media and the daily news. Is it possible for us to exist in a world with 24 hours of communication opportunities without going insane?
A crazy technological development
The first-ever computers were built in Germany, England, and the US between the 1940s to the 1950s. Computers were the size of a car (ok, maybe I am overreacting just a bit!), but the fact is, that they were huge. At least compared to today.
Today, we keep the internet in our pockets. Just a few years ago, nobody knew anything about tweets or selfies. Today, we present ourselves on social media, or we judge others on social media.
The problem today is that our brain has not developed at the same speed as our technology. We still have the same standard brain, as we did in the 1950s. The psychology and physiology haven’t changed with the technology. That creates a bit of a problem, don’t you think?
This is why we need to be extra cautious with social media and what it does to our minds and health.
We have too many opportunities
This is not just social media. We simply have too many choices in general and it’s not doing anyone any good.
From books to breakfast choices, to information about everything (country visits, diets, diseases, etc). Our lives and brains overflow because of all the choices we have to make every day.
Through the internet, we have the world at our feet. It sounds like a good idea, but it can be problematic. If you google a disease, you can become convinced that you are suffering from this disease, scrolling through the Instagram profile of your ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend can make us sad.
Is it any wonder that we get nervous and anxious really? What people, in general, need to remember, is that people are not their Facebook profile or Instagram profile. If we want to control our anxiety, we need to control what sort of information we put in our heads.
Even working can be dangerous
Most people have to work long hours in order to be able to pay rent, bills, and food. That’s almost a given. But we work too much. Especially in London, it’s pretty common to have a 45 to 50-hour workweek.
That’s 10 hours of work every single day! Then we have to pick up our kids from school. Once we get home we have to cook, clean and prepare for the next day. Before you know it, it’s 10 pm and you should be in bed.
That’s extremely sad! Our entire week goes by with work and when we reach Saturday, most of us are too exhausted to do anything but sleep the day away and then we can start all over again come Monday. It’s really no wonder that people are stressed out, depressed or anxious is it?
I don’t want to live like that. I know it’s difficult to simply just change a mindset that has been rooted in our brain from a young age, but I don’t believe that anyone deserves to live like that. All work and no play? It doesn’t sound like much fun, to be honest.
Some workplaces around the world have incorporated a workweek of 4 days instead of 5. These places have experienced that their employees have been much more rested, focused and clear once they start a new week. It has been good for productivity also.
It’s also important to remind ourselves and everyone else around us, that it’s ok to take a few days to answer an e-mail. It’s ok to miss a deadline. The world is not going to end if these things happen, but sometimes our bosses don’t always understand that, and they keep pushing.
However, nobody is gonna die if you miss a deadline by a few hours or days. Nobody is going to break their leg or become sick, because we wait to answer an e-mail for a couple of days. It’s really as simple as that – nobody is perfect, and we can’t expect it of each other either.
Don’t listen to commercials – they make you nervous!
We need to stop caring so much about how we look. There are a ton of beauty products and personal trainers out there promising to make us more beautiful, thin or younger. They make us feel like shit, in my opinion.
Companies live off of people they make uncomfortable. They live off of our fear of getting older and they promise to fix something, that we believe is a problem.
The only thing you can do is to accept your body, your face and your age. It’s easier to change the way you think about yourself, rather than changing your appearance.
Love yourself for who you are, just as you love others for who they are. No one is perfect and no one can stay young with perfect skin forever!
Companies don’t like that we are happy. The happier we are about the way we look, the less we buy and the companies don’t make any money off of us.
Beauty companies especially are contributing to our anxiety and depression. They make us believe that we are missing this and that product in order to be happy and feel good about ourselves.
We need to believe less in these companies and commercials, however, that is probably easier said than done!
Everyone can survive the 21st century with the right mindset
I believe that we can survive this era, but we need to reduce the number of choices in our daily lives.
Another thing I believe is that we can change our own views, but we also need to change the views of our society. We need to help each other survive in this century.
You should never feel ashamed to have experienced mental health issues, and as a society, we need to help each other move on from stress, anxiety, and depression.
What are your thoughts on technology and social media development? Let me know in the comments below…
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