Being a teenager comes with its own set of stressors. School, friends, after-school activities, maybe a job or prepping for college. There’s a lot to think about and it can be overwhelming. But when you have the right tools, managing it all can be a little easier.
While technology has brought us many positive things like important information and a new way to connect with others, it has also brought about many negatives. We discussed earlier this month how the rise of technology has led to an increase in self-esteem issues due to the constant comparison to others. Part of this has to do with the endless scrolling we’re now accustomed to (and we might not even be aware of it!)
We all get to a point in our lives when we're unsure of things. For most of us, this occurs many times throughout our lives. Whether it be with your relationship, your job, your friends or even with yourself. We get comfortable with these things and they might be working for us for a while. But eventually, we might want a change. Sometimes we know what that change is and sometimes we don’t. Not knowing where your life is headed can be unsettling. We like knowing what’s ahead. But in today’s world with so many directions you can pursue, there are endless opportunities out there…and it can be overwhelming.
Finding and creating new relationships can be challenging. In addition, if you're in the beginning of a new relationship, it can be hard to know how to develop the relationship further. As part of our Daring Way program at MindWellNYC, we’re diving deper into vulnerability. Part of our task in showing up and being seen is being fully present when we are with others. Especially those that we care about and those that we would like to get to know better.
Do you find yourself endlessly scrolling on social media, comparing yourself to those you follow? Having this access to the lives of others (whether it be friends, acquaintances or complete strangers) has led to this comparison trap. If we see these people living (what seems to be) their best lives online, we can’t help but think…why am I not doing that?