Constant stress puts soul under pressure: Mental illnesses on the rise.
Young, depressed and helpless? According to a long-term analysis of the DAK health reports, the number of cases of illness due to psychological problems in young adults has more than doubled in the past twelve years. Among the 20 to 30 year olds, around eight percent of the days off work are due to mental illness. At least every sixth repeatedly suffers from mood swings with fear and listlessness and often feels helpless.
"Apparently, many young people cannot compensate well for the increasing pressure and stress in their professional and private lives," says graduate psychologist Frank Meiners from the DAK. A recent DAK survey of around 3,000 young workers up to the age of 29 shows how hard job demands are for those just starting out. According to this, about one in five people find their day-to-day work very stressful. One in four suffers from work stress and time pressure. For many, the competition among their colleagues is on the mind.
Bad mood Bullying also worsens the working atmosphere: Young employees and trainees are bullied significantly more often than their older colleagues. Anxiety, stress and anger often accompany daily work so much that, according to the DAK survey, every seventh person under 30 has thrown in the towel at least once. Over and under-demand also cause dissatisfaction: Six percent of those surveyed simply cannot keep up with the technical issues. In contrast, 60 percent believe that they can achieve more than what is required of them.
"Today we find great time pressure and increasing workload in many industries. If there is still a lack of recognition and scope for decision-making and there is a bad working atmosphere, the work causes stress, ”explains Meiners. “The less you can influence your work situation, the greater it is. In the long run, this can lead to mental health problems, such as depression. ”Added to this is concern about the job, which, according to the DAK study, is more than one in six young workers. Little can be planned. Not a family either - many seem to be afraid of striking a balance between job and family.
Out with the language "It has to be learned to deal properly with conflicts in the workplace," says psychologist Meiners. Almost one in four struggles to address their problems with trainers and superiors. One in five thinks it is better to shut up and not be noticed negatively. "Socially competent trainers and supervisors are required here, who support their employees' career start positively and ensure a constructive working atmosphere."
Burned out! Endless tiredness, permanent lack of motivation and fear of failure - this is how a burnout syndrome can be announced. Young professionals can also suffer a burnout with their exuberant commitment and career drive. The risk is particularly high in social professions, such as healthcare.
Everyday life stays relaxed: - Say no: Give a signal when work grows over your head and don't let colleagues keep you busy.
- Good time management: plan buffer times and recovery phases.
- Realistic goals: Set yourself achievable short-term and long-term goals. Don't put yourself under pressure.
- Fulfilled leisure time: Enjoy the free time with your hobbies and friends - this will change your mind.
- Fit and vital: Sport and a balanced diet promote stress relief and strengthen body and soul.
- Drive down properly: Relaxation techniques such as autogenic training, yoga or progressive muscle relaxation can help you to really relax.
- Help: If nothing works, then you should definitely seek professional help. (pm)
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