How to Cope With Social Stress and Pressure
By Genevieve Cunningham
Social stress is a growing problem in our world. While we once focused mainly on physical and mental health, we now have this growing social health situation. It’s seen the most often in teenagers and young adults. The constant pressure to fit in, an overwhelming sense of anxiety, and continually being accessible is turning us into overly stressed and unhealthy human beings. But considering a social life is the main life of teens, what can really be done about it? Take a look at the real dangers of social stress and some tips for managing it.
What is Social Stress?
Social stress is stress that results from relationships with others and a person’s social environment. When people experience too much social stress, they might feel symptoms such as headaches, rapid heart rate, dizziness, a tight feeling in the lungs, depression, and severe anxiety. For many, it’s a stress that seems to never be relieved, and the symptoms just seem to become a part of life.
What Causes It?
So, why the sudden rise in social stress? Most professionals believe it’s due to the huge amount of social environments that we place ourselves in on a regular basis. Not only are we more social than ever, but we do it it in all the wrong ways, and we have very little control over the situation, which leads to even more stress. At one time, we were social only when we purposely got out and about. Otherwise, our social settings were generally calm and familiar. In today’s world, we are constantly throwing ourselves into social settings that are chaotic and unknown, otherwise known as social media. The constant changing of statuses, critical comments, nonstop comparisons, and gloom and doom media reports are wreaking havoc on our emotional and mental well-being.
How Do We Cope?
Living a social life is actually good for us. We are social creatures by nature, and we crave companionship and friendship. But, if you’re feeling overwhelmed in this area, it’s probably a good idea to take a timeout. Turn off Facebook and Twitter, log out of Reddit, and get together with your most familiar friends and family face-to-face. It is the face-to-face interactions, and not the online world, that we crave. This helps to calm our minds and reduce anxiety until you’re ready to get back into the world of social media.
Do We Have to Give It All Up?
Because so much of our lives is done with and through social media these days, it can be a stressful idea to think about giving it up. But the good news is that you don’t have to. You just have to learn the right amount of balance. That’s why taking a step back can help readjust your perspective. Give it some time, separate yourself, and manage your social stress to save your physical and mental health in the long run.