They say your 20s are your bright years, blossom season, or spring of age, but what you rarely hear, is how much your 20’s are filled with mental health issues and challenges. You graduate, get out to the real world, the clock starts ticking, your fear of missing out starts hitting with a bunch of other fears and issues. Don’t you worry, you’re not alone, we’re all going through this together, and as long as you understand that your twenty-somethings are side effects of you becoming an adult, everything will be okay...
Most common mental health issues and challenges you face in your 20s
Burnout and Stress
Burnout is a big issue among hardworking, stressed young adults, it has a lot to do with the pressure we put on ourselves. You may be graduating college, completing advanced degrees or starting a new job and wanting to excel in it, while maintaining a balanced social life. This puts you under a huge amount of stress which leads to burnout. This is why you have to learn to slow down and give the same amount of attention you give to work into having a good time and taking a break. It might be easier said than done, but taking breaks and doing sports and meditating are proven to increase your productivity and enhance your overall performance
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Uncertainty and “what’s next?”
This one usually hits you between phases, like after graduation, after a breakup or after quitting your job. You’re not only scared of what’s next, but what you’re most afraid of is taking the wrong steps. You’ve made plans your whole life and now that you’re given the chance to do so, the uncertainty creeps in and you start doubting your ability to achieve your goals. To get over this, you have to kill off the idea that success has an expiry date, and as long as you reach this conclusion, that you have all the time in the world to try and fail and then start over again, it’s all going to be just fine, trust me.
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Fear of Loneliness
You’ve set some milestones for yourself, you’re gonna get married by a certain age and then have kids by that age, and as you get closer to the dates you’ve set for yourself, the fear of loneliness starts creeping in and you start to wonder, "Am I going to end up alone?" To get over this feeling, you’re gonna have to stop putting dates on your goals, understand that it’s totally fine to step in your 30s without a ring on your finger and that this time is a gift for you to enjoy yourself and unwind. Just surround yourself with people that make you feel good and don’t settle for bad relationships just because you’re getting old.
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As soon as you start the employment life, the race begins, everyone starts hustling and you get all this pressure of being good enough, wanting to be the next big thing. Starting your own business is cool and all, but it also leaves you helpless, especially at the beginning of your employment life. The doubts start, am I in the right job? Where does that job leave me on the career path? Should I choose a job for the money? or for what I love doing? Talking to friends who also feel this pressure can help because you can reassure each other that you’re actually doing a great job at work and more success isn’t going to happen overnight, but if you feel like you anxiety is getting out of hand, don’t hesitate to seek help from a professional.
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