What A Stressful Life!

By Chhum Chanrachana,

©Diviant Art /2018/Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

“Which major should I go for?” “What should I do after I graduate?” “Am I suitable for this job?” “I really don’t like the job. Should I quit now?”…“What now?”

Endless questions come to our mind creating an inevitable frown on our face. We are no longer children who ask every question out loud. We are adults now and expected to figure out everything mostly by ourselves. Welcome to adult life!

Stepping into adulthood, responsibilities hit us like a train. Maintaining good grades, good social skills and a perfect social life all at the same time, is hardly possible for anyone, but we’re trying anyway. Challenges come flooding in along the way. The fear of rejection, judgment, and an uncertain future just worsen the situation. Small stresses combined can eventually turn into one major problem.

Each day, a lot of young adults, including me, are dealing with high stress and anxiety levels. With all the stress surrounding us, it’s like we’re living in a tank full of toxic substances.

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The UK Youth conducted a survey poll among 1,000 young adults from the age of 18 to 24 and found out that most of them spend at least 6 hours a day being stressed out. What’s more concerning, is that only a few of the young adults actually seek help from others.

Some people can cope with their stress and recover more quickly and effectively than others. The prolonged stress leads to chronic depression. Some teens come up with the idea that dying is easier than living. They decide to end their stress by committing suicide.  

Humans are so selfish and ignorant. They push away the good memories and beautiful aspects of life while rejecting people who truly care about them. There are a lot of little things we can do to bring back our smile. It might be the very little stuff that we have never appreciated before.

Despite our zero-calorie diet, why don’t we treat ourselves to our favorite meal once in a while? Despite our studying plan, why don’t we spare some time hanging out with friends or family? If we have the fear of judgment on social media, why don’t we give it a break and enjoy what’s around us for a moment?

Mental health is as important as physical health.  We shouldn’t ignore it. No one lives a stress-free life, but it doesn’t mean we have to carry that stress with us 24/7. Seek support from friends and family when you think nothing feels right in your life. Get medical support when you think you’re not feeling okay and no one understands you.

For me, life is like a cup of coffee. You add sugar, cream, and milk to make the bitter coffee acceptable for you.



Views expressed here are those of the author’s and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.

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