Stress isn’t something new. With around 15% of Australians experiencing high or very high levels of psychological stress (according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics)and it can be seen as modern society’s illness. While stress is often seen as a bad thing, we need it to survive, and it can be a good thing; keeping us alert when we sense danger and keeping us motivated. However, when we deal with stress for prolonged periods, it can have negative impacts. Many things cause us stress, from work to busy schedules to family drama. How we choose to deal with stress varies on the person, with many people turning to unhelpful coping mechanisms, also known as vices.
The definition of mental illness as defined by the Australian Institute of Health and Wellnessis the following: a clinically diagnosable disorder that significantly interferes with a person’s cognitive, emotional, or social abilities.
1 in 5 adults in Australia experience a mental illness every year with it being estimated that 45% of Australians will be affected by mental illness at some time in their life. As with many diseases, there is a spectrum and, in some people, it can be severe and noticeable and in others mild and not noticeable. There are many different types of mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Each illness can alter the persons’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in distinct ways with specific characteristics being related to a type of mental illness.
In 2020 Covid hit our shores with it bringing lockdowns, isolation, panic buying, masks, fear and uncertainty. It also brought a time for the world to heal, with it giving scientists a once in a lifetime opportunity to observe what happens when you take humans out of the world and see animals reclaim what was once theirs.
David Attenborough was barely able to contain his excitement in his documentary The Year Earth Changed looked in-depth at the positive impact Covid had on the world due to all the lockdowns and reduced travel.
For many of us growing up video games were something we played on the regular they allowed us to get competitive and provided us with an escape. From handheld gaming consoles like Gameboys, Nintendo DSs and now the Switch to consoles like PlayStation, Xbox and the Wii. Video games have been apart of our lives both in the past, present and will continue to be in the future. This doesn’t include computer games such as Neopets, Club Penguin, Minecraft and Fortnight or phone apps – remember the Pokémon Go obsession? All of which have fluctuated in popularity over the years.
Somehow just like that we’re almost at the end of another year and it’s safe to say that 2021 didn’t go as planned for anyone. Just when things were looking better, things turned upside down again. While many had hoped 2021 would go better by the middle of 2021 it was clear that it was turning out much the same as 2021. People are still isolated from their loved ones, there’s been protests about vaccines and Covid and it seems that whenever you turn on the news there is yet another depressing story.