Under Pressure by Hanaa Hasan
Everyone suffers from stress. It’s a natural part of being human. No matter how organised we are, there is never going to be a time where we aren’t going to feel overwhelmed by a situation. Stress can affect people in different ways, but the important thing is learning how to control it.
One of the most common type of pressure, is yep, you got it; EXAMS! They are very stressful and with often so much at stake, nervousness can build up. For some people it’s natural to be worried, but it’s important not to let that affect the way you study. Remember you study better when you can really concentrate. In order to cope, eat well and drink lots of water. Take time out to relax too, everyone needs a break. Exams are important, but not more than your health.
Another common type of pressure amongst teenagers is peer pressure. Nowadays it’s practically natural for everyone to be forced into doing something they don’t really want to. We’ve all experienced it. Not only can this can be dangerous in extreme cases, but it can also be damaging to a person’s confidence levels which can affect them in later life. Ok, so you’re not being pressured to take drugs. But have you ever felt like you had to go out with your friends, even though you were busy? Or you had to wear that pair of trainers because they’re trendy? These are all subtle examples of peer pressure even though they may not be harmful. It is fine to have things in common with your friends and even do stuff you may not like too much, but it doesn’t mean you have to be exactly the same. Individuality is also a great quality which will make you more desirable as a person. Be certain of your own personality, your strengths and weaknesses’.
Families are a blessing, but that’s doesn’t mean they are always completely understanding, and they can be a source of pressure too. Many parents just don’t know what it is like to be a teenager in Britain today and all the realities that come with it. This can cause conflicts about issues which really aren’t that important. Despite what we all sometimes may think, we all need our parents especially as teenagers; as we grow and learn new things every day. The only way to avoid these problems is communication. Speak to your parents about everything that concerns you, and even things that don’t! Speak to them as you would to a friend and help them get to know you. The more they understand you, the better they can help you.
Discontent about body image also causes pressure on young people. This is also increasing dramatically, especially amongst young girls. Magazines and billboards are constantly showing the latest celebrities with perfect slim tall bodies and flawless skin. Apart from the fact that these images are all airbrushed excessively, I always feel sad that young people nowadays are made to feel insecure about their bodies. Societal pressure has caused many of us to unconsciously think superficially; that unless we fit a magazine’s constructed idea of beauty, then we are not worth anything. This can severely affect a person’s confidence, if not now, then in the future and it’s important we all feel good about ourselves. So make a change now, better late than never! Think about your characteristics instead of your appearance?. What do your friends like about you? What are your flaws?
What could you change? Personality really is everything although this may not always be obvious.
As Muslims we have the best example of good character in our beloved Prophet Muhammad and we should try to take on his characteristics in everything we do. He is our role model as a portrait of ultimate perfection. It’s important to take pride in what we do but not to the extent that we make ourselves unhappy or unwell. God made us all as individuals, let’s take pride in that.
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