Stress and pressure both tend to come hand in hand. When you feel as though you are pressured then in turn, if you’re the type of person that isn’t the best when dealing with pressure, then this can turn into stress as a result. Stress can either make you perform well or it can make you crack under the pressure, it all depends.
Pressure can derive from many things within today’s society. There’s SO much pressure surrounding us, especially for teenagers out there. With all the pressures out there it can really be difficult developing into a well rounded adult at the same time as dealing with these pressures.
There are many pressures that people face and expectations that society lays out that we are supposed to live up to. But in today’s post I’m only going to discuss a couple of them. The first of these being exams since it is coming up to exam season very soon after all.
Exam season in the UK starts in May and this year I’m very grateful that I don’t have to go through that again. I know exactly how stressful that can be, especially from the past 3 years were I’ve completed my GCSE’S, AS levels and then my A Levels. During that time I’ve definitely let the stress and pressure get to me and my mental health definitely suffered as a result (not to mention that I rarely took time out for a bit of self care). Although I did achieve good grades at the end of it all, in hindsight I would have definitely sacrificed slightly lower grades for my mental health.
It’s normal to have some stress and pressure during exam season – some stress can help you to perform better due to the adrenaline. But too much pressure can make your performance in exams worse. So whilst it’s okay to spend hours on revision, it’s also important to know that self care is just as important. Your mental health is just as important as exams.
And as cliché as it sounds but the exam grades at the end of it really don’t define you as a person. You could achieve the best results in the country, but just ask yourself if your mental health is worth suffering to get those top results. Balance is key.
Not only do teenagers have pressures with exams but also pressure with the future and their careers. The age of 17, 18 and 19 are all still young ages for deciding for definite what they want to pursue in the future. Of course, for some people they already have their heart set on an end job after they’ve finished education, whether that be A Levels or a degree at university. They might already know that they want to be a doctor, a physiotherapist, or anything else for that matter.
This isn’t the case for all young people, however. Not everyone knows what job they want to go into. Me included. Although I know that I want to be an author, I also need to be realistic and know that that’s not going to happen in the near future meaning that a backup plan is needed. But it’s okay to be unsure about your future career. After all, you want it to be something that you know that you’ll enjoy for the most part, right?
It’s okay to be unsure about your future career. You’re young and you still have time to find your passion and something that you’ll enjoy doing. Everyone’s on their own path, life isn’t a race. If someone knows what job or career they want to pursue but you don’t yet, just remember that it doesn’t matter. Focus on your own path and your time will come, you’ll figure things out eventually with time.
If you take anything away from this blog post then pleasr remember that self care is important for your mental health first of all. Second of all, it’s perfectly okay to be unsure about what your future job/career path may be. Not everyone has their life planned out at a such a young age. You have your whole, entire life ahead of you. Life can take unexpected turns when you don’t realise it which you can’t always prepare for.
I may have rambled slightly in this blog post but I hope it was useful in some way or another. Would anybody like a blog post on self care tips? I can post it as an extra post this week if I manage to write it in time.
Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope you have a lovely day wherever you are in the world.
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