Being emotionally available to me means that you are open to communicating with anyone that crosses your path. That includes disagreeing with a SSEDITORIAL best-dressed list because my favourite fashionistas don’t make the final cut. Emotional people can compassionately voice their concerns to de-escalate any hardship. Lately, I’ve seen a rise in passionate young adults in our society, and it’s good.
Young adults seldom speak about their feelings. Women are taught that talking about their feelings means nagging, and that’s a sure way to repel men. Men are taught that speaking about their feelings means they aren’t “manly” (whatever that means), and that’s a sure way to fend off women. But I don’t think that’s true.
In today’s climate, a profound mental health crisis is rampant among young people. Sadly, many young adults suffer from mental health; it has become the new norm. Is it a crisis if adverse mental health is seen as the new normal? Yes, it is. It interrupts how we process information, relationships, and daily routines. We’re unable to function like our parents were, and we face harsher economic conditions.
Therapy is a step in the right direction for many. It’s not necessarily therapy in a traditional sense. However, it helps, but therapy is actively taking control of your life. Removing tasks and people from life that threaten mental well-being is crucial to success. The active monitoring of what makes individuals tick and the after-care for burnout is is also increasing for a good reason.
Many of us are beginning to release that we face trauma but opening up about said trauma can lead to more trauma. And although social media is often anti-social, having a little corner of the Earth to express your discontent is freeing.
Here are a few tips I have learnt from social media and life experiences on caring for yourself and others.
- Speaking to someone is better than talking to no-one.
- Taking annual leave is a requirement and not a luxury.
- Start by letting the person know how their action made you feel from the first person perspective.
- Do not work for longer than 2 hours straight in front of an artificial screen.
- It is vital to send quick texts to let people know you are thinking of them.
Sama is the Editor in Chief of SSEDITORIAL Magazine. She currently oversees the creative direction of the magazine after ending her role as Runway Director to develop the SSEDITORIAL RUNWAY division. When Sama is not leading the team. She likes to contribute, primarily to the high fashion section of the magazine.