Whether you are a child or a teenager or let’s say you’re an adult. Stress is something which does not look at your age and grabs you by your throat. Situations, environments, and problems are not equal for everybody. Some of us may have faced great tragedies in our early stage of life, whereas there are also people in their 30s who have no idea what a life struggle is. Well, stress is like cancer that will eat away at you slowly without your knowledge. And as we have figured out the cure for cancer, we also have a solution for stress as well.
Unlike other children, I have had an unusual child life. Well, right now, I’m kind of blessed to have an unusual experience. Because those were the reason for which I have become what I’m now. I got my first job at the right age. I grew fully independent at the age of 18 and started living on my own. It’s not like that I have achieved everything in my life and totally happy the way I’m now. It's obvious you will feel stressed when you’re burdened with loads of official work at an age where other people your age are enjoying their life to the fullest. Within a time-span of one and a half year, I have changed to two companies. However, skipping to the exact topic, I left my second office last month. I’ve been a scholar student in my educational career, and I’m very good at catching things easily. But as now I look back, I can clearly see that in the last office I was just overloaded with work, for little pay. I have to write, manage social media profiles, design graphic posters for different clients and also had to handle a few clients. I have worked there for 1 year & for more than 10 months I’ve not taken a single leave. Instead, I had to do overtime to do all the works.
My last 2 months were extremely tiring there. As I didn’t have a good leader, the things just got worse. My loyalty, my dedication and my hard work meant nothing to him. When I realized that I fell into depression and started having issues mentally, I decided to quit. I didn’t have back up for my future, but still, I was confident in getting a new good job. Luckily, I got an offer to be a creative writer at an education web portal. When I went for the interview, I decided to be strong and not let my guard down. I got the job, and my joining date was scheduled after 1 month (as I had to finish my notice period at the last post). I was so drained of energy that I was almost like a drunk person. I needed a vacation. A simple, peaceful long holiday. But I couldn’t take leave as I had to join the new company the next day I left the 2nd one.
I joined the new company on the due date and found out that the atmosphere, the behavior of other employees is way better than the last one. I almost felt like coming back home. And to my surprise, on the first week of my new job, our team went on a vacation to a different state. This was my first time on such a long distance journey. I was thrilled and excited throughout the trip. We spent quality time there for two days and had one of the best memories of our lives. It’s just like God had heard my prayers, I got the long vacation with the perfect people around. On our last night there, we went to the sea. When we reached there, I became silent and went into another zone in my mind. Everybody was worried about me. I asked them to enjoy the sea and give me some alone time. I just sat there, looking at the sea feeling each particle of the fresh air. When everybody came back, we had a small gossip, well, more like a confession game. While talking to them, I let out all the things that were eating me inside in front of our team. After sharing with them, I felt unusually relaxed, and my mind was active again. I felt incredibly grateful to have such a supportive group.
When you have so many things going on your life, it's obvious you will feel stressed. And also it's okay. Because when you see tough times, you can actually feel the real happiness. Not just materialistic happiness but also spiritual and eternal happiness. All you have to do is to make some time, choose the right person to share your valuable time with and go on a vacation far from your problems. Far from the noise, deep into the solitude.
You know, there is a difference between solitude and loneliness. Loneliness is when alone you need someone to make you happy whereas solitude is all about enjoying your own company. Great people have also said that solitude can lead you to many more great opportunities. So enjoy your own company. Give yourself the first priority. Love yourself and explore the beautiful creation of God. There will be obstacles. There will be problems. But these are all the parts of the life cycle, and you have to accept it. Not with disheartened courage but with a brave & strong attitude.
Feel free to share your story with us. If you know someone who is going through their tough phase of life, do give them support. And don’t forget, we’re always there for you.
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