4 Biggest Stressors In Modern Young Adult Life

You’ve just graduated high school and are now pressured to attend the real world of either working or furthering your education. But how are you supposed to know what to do when the only classes your high school offered were based around math, science, and reading? Graduating high school and deciding what to do for seemingly the rest of your life can be really stressful. Here are the four biggest stressors that affect young adults in modern society.

No free time

Young adults never seem to have enough free time to get everything done that they have to. They seem to use up all of their time either working, at school, or both. Because of this, whenever they seem to get any free time at all, they have to spend it either going to appointments or catching up on chores. This creates stress because they feel like they have too much to do and not enough time to do it.

Relationship problems

Every teenager has relationship problems, but as they get older, they seem to be more pressured into finding someone to spend the rest of their life with. Sometimes their friends and family pressure them by always asking about when they’re going to find a partner or they feel pressured by constantly being surrounded by their friends who are already in relationships. Young adults in modern society feel pressured to find a partner, and this creates stress as well as lowered self-esteem.

Moving out

By living with their family for their whole, it can be very stressful when they realize it’s time to move out. Not only is the whole process of moving out a pain because of the packing and unpacking, but moving out breaks their routine that they’ve had for so many years. Whether it’s moving out into a dorm room, moving out into an apartment with friends, or even just moving out to be on their own, all of these can be stressful and create pressures in their life.

Financial worries

The biggest stressor for everyone is their financial concern. For young adults specifically, starting to generate a credit score is a big pressure placed on them. Consequently, understanding how a credit score works can help them maintain a good score. A credit score is a number that lenders use to contemplate whether or not to loan you money. In the United States, your credit score is known as your FICO score and is composed of 5 factors. These include your payment history, debt burden, length of your history, types of credit, and recent credit searches. Once you understand how a credit score works, you’ll be able to manage and maintain it better.

Overall, transitioning into the life of an adult and into the working world can be stressful. There are so many pressures, and so many different people are expecting different things from you. But with the right mindset and support from friends and family and with the general understanding of how the working life is managed, you can better understand how to accustom yourself into the new lifestyle of living as an adult.

 

4 Reasons You Should Never Be Ashamed To Talk About Depression

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Depression is often mentioned but never really discussed. It's a "condition," yet some don't realize it's legitimacy. This failure can lead those who live with it to question if this problem of theirs matters, thus leading to a feeling of guilt and shame. Here are four reasons why you should never be ashamed to talk about depression.

Depression Is More Common Than You May Think

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 16.2 million adults in the United States have felt depressed at least once in 2016, which is 6.7 percent of the adult population or 1 out of every 15 adults. And of this number, people ages 18 to 25 were the most represented group at about 11 percent.

These reported numbers show just how prevalent this illness is--and that's just what it is; depression is an illness. It's a result of chemical imbalances in addition to reactions to stressful life events and possibly other health problems (there could even be gene involvement for some).

Talking Helps; It May Be Essential to Recovery

The NIMH has on record that 63 percent of adults who experienced episodes of depression either saw a health professional (therapists, psychiatrists) only, were prescribed medication alone, or saw a health professional and were prescribed medication. Seeking help is the best thing you can do to combat depression. Unfortunately, some turn to substances for relief, though, this choice always backfires and ultimately comes at a hefty price, like with addiction and alienation (alcohol and recreational drugs can negatively impact relationships).

Of the 63 percent of adults who received professional treatment, according to NIMH, 13 percent of them saw a health professional, which is twice more than those who only received medication. 44 percent both received medication and saw a professional, which means 57 percent of all who received treatment talked about their problems with licensed individuals.

Talking helps find the root of the problem, and if help is sought, someone would be there to explore it with you.

Discussing Your Depression Helps End Stigmas

The National Alliance on Mental Illness believes that words and actions are necessary to end the bullying and discrimination affecting all people with mental illness. Taking these steps can lead to social change and the public rejection of stigmas--it proved successful for other movements, like with the Civil Rights Movement and LGBT activism.

That doesn't mean you have to go out and preach your story to make a change. Merely discussing it with a health professional, or even a friend, makes all the difference, for the afflicted as well as society.

Sharing Your Experience Could Help Others

This can be therapeutic for both sides. Sharing can relieve stress and improve mood while the person who listens may feel inspired to take a look at their own mental health or even share their own experiences.

Choosing to share is a personal choice, so you should never feel pressured or threatened to disclose your depression if you think it might not help your situation.

In the end, depression is an illness. And like other mental illnesses, it's not just black and white, but a sort of grey and sometimes includes blue and purple and red--to put it simply, it's complicated.

References

National Institute of Mental Health

Utah Centers For Addiction

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Internet Safety Rules to Teach Your Children

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The internet has been marvelous to our generation. However, it is full of danger. Children are at risk of exposure to phishing, malware, an intrusion of privacy, stalking, bullying, and obscenity. Teaching your kids how to use the internet safely is critical. Here are the rules that you should instill on your kid before they start using the internet.

Don't Download or Install Anything

Hackers want an easy way of getting your information. They use apps and malicious ware packaged as programs. You should ensure that your kid understands that he or she cannot install anything or download stuff onto his or her computer.

Don't Click on Adverts

Flickering adverts target children because many cannot resist bright objects. It is good to show your child how adverts can link to adult sites such as gambling sites, or worse. Unsolicited adverts and emails can expose your personal information.

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Don't Share Private Information Online

Personal information should stay private. You have to teach your child how to interact with strangers. Even people disguised as friends should not be trusted. Set it as a rule that personal information remains secret at all times.

Don't Post Anything Mean or Regrettable

Online conversations escalate very fast. People always corrupt civil discussions into a sea of insults. Sports, gaming, and political forums are particularly notorious. Ask your child not to post anything mean. Instead, tell them to report any abuse to you.

Use the Internet Sparing

Internet addiction is happening at alarming rates. It can affect how a child continues with his or her responsibilities. Children can spend their nights chatting affecting their schoolwork. For starters, keep the computer in the living area where you can monitor its usage. Have a rule of using the internet and computer at specified times.

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If Unsure, Always Ask

Children should always consult you before making a decision. Before starting a blog, children should consult parents. Parents should approve posting videos and pictures. Adults should also help children open social media accounts. They should encourage them to ask every time they are not sure about something.

If Something Happens, Tell an Adult

Sometimes your child may be exposed to something terrible. You should encourage them to share such experiences with you.

To improve your child's internet safety, install an antivirus and enforce parental controls. Remind your children of the values that you and they have chosen to live by. On the overall, teach your child how to use the internet safely.

Why Group Therapy is Key to Healing From Addiction

A variety of treatment plans exist for people who have developed an addiction. Group therapy is one that has survived through the ages. It's an essential ingredient in recovery that one should not ignore, and here's why:

Tearing Down Walls and Defenses

As Safe Harbor states, “There’s a long process to recovery, and it begins with admission.” Group therapy is environmentally pleasing because it tears down walls of defenses that people usually have up when they first go for treatment. It lets such people know that everyone in the room is human, and they are all going to be talking about and discussing some of the same struggles and challenges. This kind of treatment creates an environment of compassion and empathy, as well. Not everyone in a rehab facility will want to talk the first time he enters a group therapy session. Some people will want to observe a few meetings first. Eventually, though, a feeling of closeness and trust will develop.

Therapy Helps People to Develop Tools to Succeed

Therapy sessions create discussions about success tools. People talk about strategies that they used to overcome certain things in their pasts, and they share those strategies with their peers. The peers sometimes ingest the information and then use those tools in their own lives.

Groups Help Motivate and Inspire

Just seeing a group of people with the same goal is uplifting. Therapy groups motivate all members to push toward the mark of healing. If one person falls or has a bad day, another person in the group can provide that person with encouragement and strength. Successful individuals who have maintained their sobriety will inspire others to get to that point and stay there. Your therapy group can also help you recognize and be grateful for the progress that you are making. It is easy to become bitter about how long it is taking or the problems you are dealing with, but your group can help you refocus on the good things in your life. Gratitude is an amazing motivator, and it can’t exist in the same place as bitterness and anger.

Aftercare Support

According to Naturalism.com “Accountability remains an essential tool in achieving sobriety… Accountability should be compassionate, since the addict’s behavior (indeed, all behavior), is fully a function of internal and external conditions.”

Many new friendships develop between people in group therapy situations. Those friendships can last way beyond the treatment period. Friendships that develop during addiction recovery programs can become supportive relationships in which two people try to help each other to prevent relapse. Group sessions have quite a few positive aspects. Thus, no recovery facility should fail to have it as a part of its menu of services. It's paramount to recovery, and it's an excellent relapse prevention tool.

Addiction counseling can be your first line of defense against relapse. But when fighting this uphill battle, you need as many people in your corner as possible. Nothing is quite as healthy as having a group of peers that one can talk to honestly about addiction. The brothers and sisters in recovery can become a powerful force of positivity and encouragement.