Although most people are richer than in the past, modern life seems very stressful, and the number of people suffering from stress is at record levels. What are the main causes of stress in modern life and how could stress be reduced?
Write at least 250 words.
We are in the 21st century. Industrialization has already taken its toll on our lives and we have moved further to the digital era. Gone are the days when people enjoyed sitting beneath the trees or looking at the sky, counting the stars. Neither are the stars anymore, nor the trees , nor the time to do it. This modern era has been marked with “rush”, the rush to do things, the rush to achieve new heights, the rush of living so fast , that people often forget how to live. We have finally forced ourselves into leading a stressful life.
The increased competition is the most important reason leading us to a stressful life. The population of the world has increased many folds while the number of jobs almost remained the same. This has led to an environment where people know they could be fired if they don’t give their best, resulting into high stress levels amongst them. Loss of satisfaction, could be regarded as the next most dreadful reason, leading to stress. No matter an individual has everything, they are not satisfied. The urge to earn more, live better, live higher than others, has caused an increased stress among individuals. The one most important reason, often ignored, is environment. We are living in an ecosystem that is unbalanced. The trees that gave us fresh air, have been replaced by industries that throw out green house gases, that directly affect our bodies. In the name of modernization, we have killed birds ,animals and even polluted rivers.
The only way we can get back to leading a normal life is to go back to where we started from. Exercise needs to be imbibed by us in our daily routine. Secondly, we need to start being satisfied with what we have and then aim for higher goals. Thirdly, environment calls for attention. If we do want to lead a normal life, environment must be given its due attention. We need to work towards growing trees, using public transport or sharing transport, feeding birds and just doing our bit.
To sum up, stress levels have increased because we are running in a rat race which has no finish line. To lead healthier life it is required to get out of the race and live a more meaningful life.