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Keeping Up With The Dynamic World Today

Keeping Up With The Dynamic World Today

Desirae Mitrano

Sometimes our dynamic life gets too much to handle with all the stress and pressure that comes with it. This article aims to help you deal with the pressure.

Throughout our lives there are many struggles that must be overcome. Coming head-to-head with our teen and early adulthood years is the climax of stress. Here we are met with countless impediments; school is getting harder, working is becoming more advanced, responsibilities are piling up and we want nothing more than to go back to the world where we were younger and everything made sense. 

Although teens and early adults are seen as far away from each on the staircase of life, there’s often a bridge between teenagers and adults where they are internally fighting the same battle against stress. In this day and age, factors such depression, peer pressure, bullying, and the ever growing influences of the media are causing big problems. These things not only take away from the positivity in life, they also cause a downfall in performance which may become frustrating and contribute to the monster of stress.

Causes of Stress

Stress
Stress

Stress may arise from multiple situations depending on the individual person and their experiences. This stress can then affect family, friends, relationships, and most often, work performances. Because of this, it’s important to recognize and understand stress so that it’s possible to find ways to deal with, and overcome it.

There are two main categories of stress: acute stress, and chronic stress. Acute stress is something that typically occurs on a day-to-day basis. An event transpires, which spontaneously triggers a stressful reaction; however, this is short-term and may come and go as unexpected circumstances make their way in and out of an individual’s life. 

Acute stress is the form of stress that causes you to jump and get things done. Suppose you had a big paper due soon and you’ve barely made any progress. Naturally, this is a situation that would induce stress and anxiety. You start to fear whether or not the assignment will be completed in time and second guess prior decision making.

The combination of worry and stress over the awaiting workload sets off a light in your brain which then motivates you to get the job done. This method may not be the best way to insure your tasks are completed on time, but with the help of the countless distractions in today’s world, it is a route that many end up having to take.

Another major form of stress is chronic stress. This type of stress is a bit harder to manipulate and can cause “wear and tear on the mind and body.” Chronic stress comes from a repeated exposure to stressful events. Because of this, stress hormones are constantly being released, which a lot of scientists suggest we are not capable of handling. Instead of being motivated to clear whatever obstacles are causing this baleful release of stress, the mind and body become overwhelmed and therefore dysfunctional.

It’s common to experience many headaches when working through this kind of stress. A swarm of moodiness and unrest consumes your system. In addition, chronic stress can cause direct and physical changes to the system. Too much of this stress may lead to a higher blood pressure, problems arise in the digestive system, chronic stress is even said to be linked to heart disease. 

Experiencing so much stress and not knowing how to deal with it can become frustrating. It may even start to feel like you’re not even in control of your own body as new symptoms of stress form. Depression and sadness are very common; although stress may seem like something that really puts you on your toes and gets you moving, lack of motivation is a clear sign of chronic stress. As teens and young adults are starting to learn more about themselves, it’ll be easier to find a clear distinction between the two forms of stress because everyone is different in their own way. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Stress

Even so, like most natural things in this world, stress is not all bad. It’s true that if not handled properly, stress can induce fear, lead to unclear thinking, and eventually destroy close relationships. However, there is good and bad stress. Bad stress is something that is born from a negative situation and causes the thinker to create negative actions leading to an unhealthy state of mind. For example: bankruptcy. In this world money is perceived as power.

Without personal funds it’s nearly impossible to survive. Food, water, housing, and clothing (all necessities of life) cost money. Experiencing a significant loss of money can be very stressful, and it leads you to wonder what will become of the future. Will your house be taken away? Are you and your family going to have to construct a system of rations? Here, stress may drive the urge to gain money, and fast, to make up for the significant loss.

Without patience, and a clear mindset, negative choices are often made which only leads to more stress and a worse outcome. Another example of this “bad stress,” would be if there was a divorce in the making. A divorce results in a wide range of emotions and need for patience, as well as mutual understanding. No matter the reason, it’s sure to cause stress throughout the household. Although most teens and early adults aren’t going through bankruptcy and divorce, these are just some common and well-understood examples of “bad stress.”

Good stress is usually short term. This is the type of stress that encourages you to do better: to work harder and faster. Perhaps you are wishing to buy a new home, the process is very nerve racking and as you strive to get the perfect place, it becomes very stressful. However, this stress is what guides you to make careful decisions and really plan out what you do and don’t want. Stress, in this case, is something that can be frustrating, but in a good way. 

Stress was never met to be some large and overpowering factor. When stressed, the body releases oxytocin, something universally known as the love, or cuddle hormone. Similarly as to when stressed, we release oxytocin when close to the people we love. Oxytocin is meant to make you feel “warm and fuzzy” as if in a cartoon or some romantic novel. So why would such a “happy hormone” be related to stress? Many believe that oxytocin is released during stressful situations as a”self-shutdown.” With oxytocin, the “physiological levels of stress are weakened.”

It seems as though the only reason that stress now gets out of hand and ends up negatively impacting the mind, is that it is constantly being perceived as a negative thing. When stressed, people often become more stressed by the fact that they are stressed (the snowball effect). There’s a mad rush to reduce the stress that their body is already taking care of and this leads to a multiplication of the problem. If stress was seen as a more natural, and positive experience, it would be easier to control and find a way to benefit from it which of course is easier said than done.

 The Impact of Distractions in Our Dynamic World

The Impact of Distractions in Our Dynamic World

The utmost thing that leads to stress is distraction. Technology, friends, status, and even hobbies are all seen as distractions in the grand scheme of things. The news is getting more intense, new devices and discoveries are in the making, but learning how to prioritize goes a long way. Sometimes we need distractions to take a step back from the world around us and relax, but it’s important to know when to start and when to stop with distractions.

Working for a long periods of time will get the job done quicker, however it can be tiring and cause an emotionless performance. By giving yourself the time for occasional leisure, you can come back to your work with a fresh mindset and a “ready to go” attitude.

Even so, distractions are a slippery slope. When it’s time to center yourself and bring your mind back into a serious setting the buzz, ding, and even the very movement around you can cause additional distractions. During breaks, setting a timer tells you when it’s time to get back to work, but what’s going to stop you from going back and checking just one more text, or glancing at just one more video?

A few suggestions would be to take phones and other unnecessary forms of technology out of the room you’re working in, or at least have then silenced and out of view. However, not all distractions have technology to blame, as calming and beautiful it may be to have a window in view even the things going around outside can become a major impediment.

Birds, squirrels, cars, and people that may happen to pass by may divert your attention causing a loss in train of thought. Closing the windows a bit, finding a well lit area, and sometimes even wearing noise cancelling headphones can all contribute to getting rid of distractions; therefore, eliminating a link to stress in the future.

Taking a Step Back From Reality

Taking a Step Back From Reality

A great way to reduce all the stress and distractions that this fast moving world has to offer is by “simple living.” This form of lifestyle can take many shapes and sizes. Some may choose a more drastic approach by eliminating all the materialistic perks around them, others may do away with all the things that don’t “spark joy in their lives,” some may even convert to tiny house living, while simple living can be as easy as disregarding the physical and figurative clutter in life. 

The goal of simple living is to make the home a safe place for both the mind and body. Unnecessary materials cause distractions, stress, and in some cases, discontent. The teen and early adulthood stage is crucial. Even a healthy mindset is not formed at this time it’s hard to get a clear path for the future. 

Tiny houses were first made popular in 2008 when there was a subnatial downfall in the house marketing industry. They were cheap, easy to clean, and contained all the things a normal  house would (in less space). Now, not only are tiny houses perfect for young adults awaiting their very own property, they’ve been added to the list of a way of simpler, and healthier living.

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With a tiny house, there isn’t any room for unneeded items, it forces you to clear up the unbearing weight of earthly possessions and find time for what really matters to you. A survey in Pennsylvania even showed evidential proof that 90 percent of the people who suddenly decided to switch over to a simpler lifestyle had improvements in health as happiness and success become the number one goal. In addition to the mental benefits of simple living, this way of life can also bring you closer to nature and natural beauty rather than society driven stereotypes.

So as we progress through life, it’s important to find ways to manipulate stress into a positive thing, limit distractions, and take the time to build a simpler life for yourself. Take a break from the mass influences of the media, silence the profound beeps and dings of twitter, news alerts, and messages. Make time for yourself and find ways to connect with nature. Now is the time to seek out a healthier mind and body.

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DynamicDynamicSo as we progress through life, it’s important to find ways to manipulate stress into a positive thing, limit distractions, and take the time to build a simpler life for yourself. Take a break from the mass influences of the media, silence the profound beeps and dings of twitter, news alerts, and messages. Make time for yourself and find ways to connect with nature. Now is the time to seek out a healthier mind and body.

DynamicDynamicSo as we progress through life, it’s important to find ways to manipulate stress into a positive thing, limit distractions, and take the time to build a simpler life for yourself. Take a break from the mass influences of the media, silence the profound beeps and dings of twitter, news alerts, and messages. Make time for yourself and find ways to connect with nature. Now is the time to seek out a healthier mind and body.

DynamicDynamicSo as we progress through life, it’s important to find ways to manipulate stress into a positive thing, limit distractions, and take the time to build a simpler life for yourself. Take a break from the mass influences of the media, silence the profound beeps and dings of twitter, news alerts, and messages. Make time for yourself and find ways to connect with nature. Now is the time to seek out a healthier mind and body.

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