Right now, a lot of us are going through significant hurdles.
These challenges aren't your everyday dramas. Instead, the stakes feel far higher. It's the big heartbreaks. The losses. A health-related woe. Perhaps it's the pending reality of losing someone you love.
When life throws us these curveballs, oftentimes it's an 'unfixable' challenge. There's very little we can do as individuals to make the situation go away or be quickly solved.
There's a level of fear and uncertainty that comes with that lack of control, says clinical psychologist Dr Lillian Nejad.
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"A big part of my job is speaking to people who are going through really tough times. The rates of stress right now are quite high, and we are seeing a rise across the board in general," she tells Mamamia.
The issue is that many of us don't have the strategies to cope with life when it feels very out of our control."
In her time, she has noticed there are certain people who tend to struggle more than others when they're faced with a challenge they can't fix. Part of it also comes down to our upbringings too.