Have you heard this before?
You feel beaten down, things might not be quite as you imagined or you may have just been through a breakup and are heartbroken. You are struggling a bit and don’t quite know how to get through it, and you hear people tell you that time will help—it will get better after a bit… And so it does.
It’s tough when you’re actually in the middle of it all, though, and it’s also not easy to see while you’re in the thick of things that it will get better. Later, when you look back at the situation, you may see that you somehow became stronger from the experience, and that you learned something from it. [···]
The news is full of stories about people who are struggling with life’s challenges. People are lonely and depressed.
Young adults are exhausted by the demands society places on them to excel: at school, in sports and with their looks.
From 2000 to 2011, sick leave among adults in Norway increased by 145% for mild mental disorders, and mental illness is the reason behind one-third of all disability pensions. Although the prevalence of mental disorders is relatively stable for adults, the trend is clearly on the increase among children and adolescents.
- The use of antidepressants has increased the most among adolescents aged 15-19 years, which is a disturbing trend.
- The most common ailments are anxiety, depression and behavioral disorders (Source: the Norwegian Institute of Public Health).
Changing your habits, lifestyles and thought patterns can’t be done in a flash. There are no quick solutions on the way to your goal.
You have to do the hard work, whether it comes to getting in better physical shape (building your fitness, running a marathon) or your mental health (improving your self-esteem, working with stress or motivation). [···]