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18,000 netizens embrace life's challenges via Douban group

2023-05-04 Editor : Zhang Dongfang ECNS App Download

(ECNS) -- About 18,000 netizens encourage each other to cope with the challenges and pressure of life in a group on Douban, a Chinese social platform with many young followers.

Some young Chinese choose to embrace the “'Why try hard when you can just skate by?' mentality” to relieve the tension of a busy life. But they can’t let themselves “lie down” forever so they set up the group to cheer each other up, naming the group “Mutual help alliance for those who want to stand up after ‘lying down’”.

In the section "Ask the doctor", group members would typically enquire how to deal with negative emotions, make changes, establish good habits, and improve work efficiency. A netizen called Gehua received many replies after asking "Which books can help us ruturn to reality?"

The group leader suggested Gehua re-read the works he once liked and then expand to other books. Some netizens recommended many famous Chinese and foreign works, including The Razor’s Edge, The Plague, Ordinary World and Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.

A netizen called Carpe Diem pointed out that books that can bring one’s soul short-term comfort would soon fail so the netizen advised people to read works with depth and that inspire.

“Since you are determined to change, don't feed your spirit with shallow and simple food,” Carpe Diem said. The netizen also recommended some books, such as Man’s Search for Meaning written by Viktor Frankl.

In the section of "I have a prescription", group members commonly share their methods  to recover morale. For example, some people go to cafes, some practice Ba Duan Jin and Jin Gang Gong, two traditional Chinese physical cultivation techniques, some record their feelings to relieve anxiety and insomnia, while some organize their rooms or repair furniture.  

Some posts have received many comments and been recommended by the group leader or administrators so that they can be seen by more people. These posts have also shown their ability of self-diagnosis, self-rescue, and their mutual-help spirit.

Most group members once “lay down” after feeling the pressure from school, work and interpersonal relationships, but finally tried to stand up, analyzing their problems and changing themselves.

A girl surnamed Zhu started her sugar water business in 2022. The girl was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was in junior college. She went to different cities to work and travel, trying to heal herself, but was forced to rest due to her illness.

In November 2022, she decided to make changes and began to learn to make dessert. Unexpectedly, her sugar water stall near a schoolhas helped her both make a living and rejuvenate.

"Everyone has his own life. Encouragement and tolerance are very important," said Zhu. She added the sugar water stall is her job that lasts longest, and she determines to continue. "Maybe I will get sick, fall and stagnate in the future, but I will not lose the courage to stand up."


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