Nurturing Positivity: Sending Uplifting Prompts to Your Mind
Director Marketing Communications, Axtria
In a bustling world where countless young minds are pursuing their dreams, the story of Yash, a third-year engineering student in a Tier 3 city, resonates with many. He finds himself amidst the storm of anxiety and stress, and life appears to be an unending struggle laden with uncertainty and hardship. Like many others, Yash often perceives his peers' lives as effortlessly acquiring their desires.
Yash's experience vividly illustrates the toll that peer pressure-induced stress and relentless social media comparisons can take on our self-esteem. It's a narrative that, in various forms, plays out in the lives of countless individuals today.
In a world drowning in digital noise, where technology dictates the rules and our lives play out on screens 24/7, the undeniable influence of our tech-driven existence on our mental health becomes apparent. A recent survey by the American Psychological Association found that most respondents reported constant checking of emails, texts, and social media as a significant source of stress in their lives.
It's a cruel game where it's easy to believe that everyone else is living their best life while we're stuck in mediocrity. We must shatter this illusion!
Technology offers unparalleled access to information and connectivity in this digital age, but it's a double-edged sword. The constant exposure to the curated lives of others through social media, coupled with the failure to set boundaries on what information to consume, has led to surging stress levels, self-esteem issues, and a culture of unhealthy comparisons.
Today's digital natives are shackled to screens, trying to balance academic pressure with the fear of missing out (FOMO) from their online world, resulting in anxiety and burnout. During a recent discussion with a group of college students, one shared that she couldn't sleep well because she was constantly checking notifications, affecting her grades and mental well-being. There is an urgent need to regain control over her tech use to establish strict boundaries during study hours.
The World Economic Forum defines Emotional Intelligence (EQ) as something intangible that affects how we manage behaviour, navigate social complexities, and make decisions that yield positive results. In the era of information abundance, failing to set boundaries on what to consume can be overwhelming, leading to information fatigue and decision paralysis.
Today's youngsters are growing up in a world where likes, shares and follower counts seem to dictate self-worth. They're exposed to a comparison culture when they should be learning about empathy, resilience, and self-awareness. The endless scroll of curated content on social media can make even adults question their worth, let alone children who are still developing their sense of self.
But as professionals, we can rewrite this narrative. It's high time to disrupt the norm and take short tech detox breaks during the day. This means leaving our phones behind, walking, or closing our laptops for a few minutes. These moments of disconnection can rekindle our creativity and cultivate a culture where mental well-being takes precedence.
"EQ is a lifeboat that will carry us through the technology storm. In a world where technology remembers everything, cultivating self-care and letting go becomes essential for mental well-being. EQ is a toolset enabling us to endure and flourish in the upcoming decade."
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) isn't just a buzzword; it's the compass that will guide us through life's challenges. In a world where AI and automation will handle routine tasks, the uniquely human skills of empathy, adaptability, and emotional resilience will set us apart.
According to the World Economic Forum, emotional intelligence will be one of the top 10 skills needed for success in the workplace by 2025. This shift isn't just about professional life; it's a testament that EQ will be a survival skill across all aspects of life.
Those who master EQ will survive and thrive in an increasingly complex world. Why? Because EQ empowers individuals to navigate complex social landscapes, understand and manage their emotions, and forge deeper connections with others. In an era where automation threatens specific jobs and human connection becomes more critical, EQ becomes a game-changer.
With proactive measures, technological solutions, and the power of community support and allyship, we can mitigate the harmful effects of the digital age. Though we cannot escape technology, we can certainly put up guardrails to protect our mental well-being and nurture EQ. Here are prime principles to abide by:
Scheduled Digital Breaks: Plan regular pauses from technology to reconnect with the tangible world, thereby enhancing self-awareness and emotional strength.
Prioritize Face-to-Face Connections: Give precedence to physical interactions over virtual ones. Genuine human connections bolster EQ and facilitate personal growth.
Curate Your Digital Diet: Be selective about the information you consume. Unfollow accounts that encourage unhealthy comparisons and seek content that stimulates progress.
In this journey, remember that asking for support can be the most profound act of self-care. Allyship, at all levels, does wonders. The world may be chaotic, but we can be calm within it.
The Journey into Industry
Neha Garg is an accomplished marketing and communication professional with an extensive track record spanning nearly two decades across a diverse range of industries. Her career journey has encompassed significant periods in large-scale manufacturing entities, coupled with valuable experiences within service-focused enterprises.
Beyond her professional pursuits, Neha assumes the role of a devoted mother to a young child. In her precious free time, she dedicates herself to fostering the love for literature in young minds, often sharing captivating stories with children or catching their attention in a manner that will make them move away from their gadgets. Neha's desire to inspire creative thinking is evident in her innovative approaches to engage, with a particular focus on finding joy in life's simplicity. Her multifaceted experiences, from industry leadership to nurturing young minds, make Neha Garg a well-rounded individual.