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Mental Health: Increasing Influence on Teens and Methods of Overcoming

By: Lily Ha, Contributing Writer

Mental health has always been an issue for people of all ages, especially teenages. The pressure to achieve goals, combined with stressful times in school and toxic friendships, is never easy to overcome, even as an adult. Teenagers with mental health disorders often experience many hardships in different settings, including within their own families at home, in school, and in their community. Some adolescents struggle with mental health and can feel burnt out and sore of everything going around them. These similar issues frequently lead to hardships in emotional wellness and connecting with others. As of recent times, the pressing factors of social media, test pressure, and stresses over self-perception have all been related with increasing problems and tension in mental health among young people.

Likewise, the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects, including self-isolation and learning remotely, has additionally pushed teens to their limit. Due to the absence of social connection, online class can influence teenagers and youths in various manners: they may feel very anxious about staying up late with their school work; different adolescents may encounter trouble thinking or keeping on track while at home. At the point when individuals look on the web and see they're barred from an action, and it can influence their decisions and actions. According to Mayo Clinic, a 2018 investigation tied online media use to diminished, upset, and postponed rest, which is related with discouragement, cognitive decline, and helpless scholastic execution. School, particularly tests assumptions and strains to get along nicely at school from guardians and family. Their social associations with companions and extracurricular responsibilities can be overwhelming.

In regards to the impact of social media on people, multiple studies have found a strong link between heavy social media and an increased risk for depression, anxiety, loneliness, self-harm, and even suicidal thoughts. Social media can promote negative thoughts, and many teens can get self conscious from the ideal photos that are posted.

Some ways to help to bring more positive mental health to you are:

  • Get plenty of sleep. Teens should get at least 8 hours of sleep every night if possible.

  • Try to enjoy small things of the day. Maybe try a gratitude journal and record three things you are thankful for that day.

  • Use a stress ball to ease the stress of an overwhelming day.

  • Exercise. This does not always mean running a mile every day. You can start with mind exercises such as deep breathing exercises. You can also try to do yoga or meditation to relieve your mind.

  • Surround yourself with positive people to help bring yourself in a happier mood. This may be a try due to COVID, but try to have more friendly conversations with your family and facetime your friends once in a while.

Remember, mental health is very important, so make sure to take care of it well. We are all in this together, so be sure to take rest and practice self care as a way to heal your body and mind for a happier future.

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