Plight and hopelessness: How to help our youth?

Plight and hopelessness: How to help our youth?

written by: Hena Jawaid
by: Hena Jawaid
2017-01-15 14.05.09 2017-01-15 14.05.09

This phenomenon is clear upon all of us that in recent years; the world has changed in terms of religious, politico-economical and socio-cultural perspectives. This has created havoc, confusion, frustration, impulsivity, aggression and a feeling of being lost in tossing and twisting turns of life. The new generation is adapting to the rapid changes in values, morality, ethics and humanity. This change has precipitated various mental and the physical health concerns amongst the youth, namely: anxiety, depression, impulse control disorders and adjustment issues.

The decreasing trends of empathy along with the concerning rise of suicide rates and attitudes like learned helplessness is provoking a surge of hopelessness among youngsters. This alone is sufficient in altering the outlook of life with which we observe, decide, and judge everything around us. This hopelessness is denigrating ambitious goals and ideals in young minds but also discouraging one from pursuing dreams which are essential ladder of progression and fulfilment. This gush of sorrow consumes the indispensable need to create, live and flourish, thereby causing great chaos among the sufferers.

Does trauma facilitate an evolution?

By looking back at various aspects of political upheavals and obscure paths, we fail to see retardation of humility and forbearance in art, culture, wisdom and philosophy. This regression in our unconscious attitudes is very significant; it needs to be understood as why it has occurred on first place!

God has bestowed the human brain with enormous flexibility; it readily adapts, recognizes the threat, anticipates difficulty, mentalizes other thoughts, reflects through and beyond limitations. This reward of nature is widely used in bringing revolt, revolution, resistance and resiliency. It inculcates brevity to confront with hierarchical powers and challenges.

Given this power, men are put in a constant state of turmoil and agitation in each and every phase of his existence. Warfare and violence has always been there and it is still progressively increasing, which stirs naïve souls; violence leaves its impact on every individual in different forms.

But by keeping the ground rules of a healthy mind and brain one can improve through agitation. Growth is always a painstaking path and thus is downplayed by many indolent souls.

Challenges: are they growth enhancers?

One is naturally provided with an avenue for personal and socio-emotional development when s/he comes across a situation of conflict. It depends upon how we perceive problems; due to our pessimism, we are inclined to analyze upcoming challenges as growth retardation. These thought patterns predispose us to modulate copings in a likely way. With a perception of threatening situation, our behaviors get defensive and we tend to resist free-thinking.

Jot down your part:

One must adhere to the rule of sharing; share your frustration, aggression, and thoughts, which are at odds with the system or your own existence. In case, one does not find anyone to share with, then write. Writing alone is one of the best habits that a person can have. It can aid in addressing any internal hostility that might not be expressed in other ways.

Positive psychology:

Seeing positive ends is an attitude, which cannot come through any means other than training your mind to resolute situations with this strategy. Over-thinking, worrying and apprehensions consume the efficiency of a human mind. Every mind needs the discipline to think in a controlled fashion with helpful outcomes, e.g. finding the positives, or the benefits of a tricky situation – like perceiving something as a learning experience rather than a waste of time.

Read, read and read:

Reading books to gain awareness of the history and nature of challenges that the world has been facing on individual and collective levels in religious, political and cultural terms would help in building up motivation and developing strength. One must imbibe all sources of learning to fill in the reservoir of the personal wisdom.

Learn to ignore and forgive:

With widespread pre-existing problems, life is too short to afford any more worries and anxiety. The mere quality of letting things go can save lots of useful energy for other meaningful endeavors, such as thinking and explore rather than to wrangle, scuffle and begrudge.

It is useless to say that it is a complex time to be in. This is a well-known fact. But one should never stop dreaming, building hopes, learning lessons from the past and questioning the current system. This is the way the world has been, we need to define ourselves and our strengths in this very short span of exi

written by: Hena Jawaid

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