Students are experiencing a lot of stress due to pressure and anxiety. We want to keep our future healthy, vital, and resilient. Now more than ever, it is time to work on coping mechanisms and new habits.
More and more students are affected by stress, anxiety, and pressure. If left unmanaged, it can become stronger over time and seriously impact a person’s life in the future. Students want to be heard – and helped. Listening to their situations, fears, and stressors is vital to help them further. Below are four reactions we have gathered from our talks with students.
In general, the Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) causes people to assume that they have a low social rank. This belief, in turn, can create anxiety and feelings of inferiority. Furthermore, FOMO is ubiquitous in people ages 18 to 33. One survey found that about two-thirds of people in this age group admitted to experiencing FOMO regularly.
Research suggests that people who experience FOMO are more likely to value social media. Some psychologists even suggest that the fear of missing out makes social media platforms so successful. For instance, they claim that FOMO drives people to use technology to let others know what they are doing and how much fun they have.
SOCIAL CONNECTION TO DEVELOP NECESSARY SOFT SKILLS
The term “social and emotional skills” is used in formal and non-formal education programming, and “soft skills” is used in the context of workforce development programs and higher education. “Social and emotional learning,” or SEL, is how individuals learn and apply cognitive, social, emotional, and soft skills to succeed in educational settings, work, and the community.
If young people suffer from anxiety and depression, it is no surprise that their SEL is not developing fully. And social media platforms often withdraw young people from establishing and building social connections. It is no surprise that young adults suffer from this later in life when they work (or even when they get married).
Actively listening to young people without judging is vital to get the conversation going, understanding the underlying problem or challenge, and providing the right resources. After all, young people are the future.
When employees feel comfortable with asking for help, sharing suggestions informally, or challenging the status quo without fear of negative social consequences, organizations are more likely to innovate quickly, unlock the benefits of diversity, and adapt well to change—all capabilities that have only grown in importance during the COVID-19 crisis.
We believe we need to copy this strategy of psychological safety to schools and universities, enabling students to speak up without fear of rejection or judgment. When they feel comfortable asking for help, it allows them to develop the right tools for help (instead of making something others believe is helpful).
IMPACT LOST SOUL SYNDROME
Common signs that you've experienced Lost Soul Syndrome include anxiety, depression, emotional numbness, loneliness, emptiness, chronic fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, boredom, and profound dissatisfaction with life.
MENTAL WELL-BEING IS A TALENT YOU CAN LEARN
The answer to increased mental well-being is not "one size fits all". Everyone is different. What causes stress for one person gives the other energy. Increased mental well-being positively affects students’ resilience, contributing to Positive Health – proactive and preventive management of mental health.
Our solution is a digital learning environment aimed at improving the quality of life of your students. By seeing mental well-being as Learning & Development, we help students in their learning process toward behavioral change and prepare for the future. Interactively, they work towards insights that are transferred to objectives and action plans on a personal and team level.
FROM “AWARENESS” TO “CHANGE”
Our platform offers a wide range of interactive online learnings that teach students how to integrate mental well-being into their work and private lives. Students not only learn what can or should be done differently, but they also learn how this can be anchored in their attitude and behavior. Based on the proven principles of resilience, students are shown how to increase their resilience and vitality. They are shown how they can embed this in their work (both from an individual and management perspective) and reduce burnout and absenteeism. Our experts come from a background in psychology, sports, and nutrition and complete this range of learnings.
LASTING BEHAVIORAL CHANGE
Based on the personal input of students, proactive feedback is given on concrete objectives and possible red flags. Each student receives personal advice on improving stress management and mental well-being. In addition, this personal feedback helps to ensure that behavioral change lasts in the long term and new habits are created.