More Young People Suffer Stress Amid Soaring Unemployment

  • By Lee Hae-na

    August 21, 2019 08:28

    Three out of every 10 adults suffer from considerable stress and people in their 20s and 30s are especially vulnerable, according to a survey.

    The survey by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that an alarming 37.9 percent of 20-somethings felt stressed, and among those in their 30s the proportion is 36 percent. It then tapers off to 27.5 percent for those in their 40s, 26.5 percent for people in their 50s, 20.9 percent for those in their 60s and 21.4 percent for over-70s.

    "Large numbers of youngsters seek help in stress clinics," said Shim Min-young at the National Center for Mental Health. "They come feeling exhausted both mentally and physically after searching for jobs, pursuing qualifications and doing part-time jobs." 

    While middle-aged Koreans still enjoy relative stability in their lives, young people lack a financial cushion and feel pressure to either work or study every moment of their free time.

    Stress can lead to depression, panic disorders and various other phobias as well as physical ailments. "Stress destroys the balance in the nervous and endocrine system," Shim said. "Muscles become tense causing pain and a weakened immune system, while people suffer from indigestion and other diseases."

    Experts advise sufferers to focus on their strengths rather than weaknesses, learn how to compliment themselves and stop being perfectionists. "Use your free time to exercise, meditate, go on a trip or engage in other activities that make you feel better in your daily routines."

    Eating regularly and sleeping at least seven hours a night is also helpful. Shim said, "You need a regular routine to control yourself better, which can lead to lower levels of stress."

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