Unhealthy Millennials

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Millennial Burnout

Millennials, or those born between 1981-1996 are starting to face many health problems. What is driving their unhealthy lifestyle is not certain. Experts believe that because millennials entered the workforce during the financial crisis, and many experience burdensome student loan debt, these factors are what may be responsible for the burnout and declining health.

Hypertension or high blood pressure is a common health problem among millennials. Once your blood pressure is consistently high, it increases your risk of developing heart disease, strokes, headaches, difficulty with erections, lightheadedness and lack of energy. Hypertension can be genetic but also environmental: drinking too much soda, smoking cigarettes, vaping (contains nicotine), not exercising enough, etc.

Hyperactivity is another concern; the state of being constantly active along with possible disruptive behavior. Hyperactivity is commonly associated with ADHD. But for those who are not diagnosed with the condition, hyperactivity may be secondary to sleep deprivation and technological distractions.

Depression is a major concern affecting all generations; everyone is being hit by depression is some shape or form. Depression is a feeling of misery, sadness and unhappiness. It may affect your appetite, concentration, sleep, movements, feelings, motivation and thoughts. Depression may be common in millennials for all of the same reasons as in other generations, but student loan debt definitely can contribute more.

And lastly, burnout is on the rise. This is a state of mind where you don’t feel like being productive anymore; whatever interest you might have had for school or work is now completely gone. One you experience burnout, you no longer find yourself having a fighting spirit or burning desire to get some work done. All you can think of is just “being free;” it’s as if you are paralyzed and don’t even care about it.

There are many other health conditions and mental health problems affecting millennials and other generations. But what is the solution? Well first of all, we need a platform where we can come together and share our experiences, rather than hiding from them. This platform involves all races, ethnicities and nations coming together as one!

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

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Dating, Mental Health And The Impact On Millennials

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The Emotional Epidemic

Loneliness rates are increasing at an all time high and dating has turned into superficial hookups and one-night stands. Burnout was just recently classified as a mental health disorder by the World Health Organization. Depression and anxiety are increasing, not decreasing. Friendships and relationships are becoming more superficial; no one has time for anybody.

People are marrying at a later age and divorces are still at an all time high. Student debt is plaguing the country with unhappiness; one report tells the story of a student who attempted to import Cocaine from Panama to try to pay his student debt. It is evident that the millennial generation is facing a unique time of hardships not experienced by prior generations.

What is behind this rise in hardships and why is our generation experiencing it? The culprit, unfortunately, might be technology itself. We have become so hooked and dependent on laptops, cell phones, television, social media, Instagram and Facebook, that it has caused us to become detached from one another.

Back in the day, the lack of technology forced people to interact with each other on the street, work and school way more frequently than present day; that was the only opportunity for socializing. Nowadays, if millennials go out, they may attend a bar which again involves superficial relationships that either lead to an intimate rejection or an overnight quickie, only to never see the person after the next day.

Is there a solution to this madness or are we doomed? I believe the solution involves deleting dating apps, spending as little time as possible on social media websites, watching television at a bare minimum, and in return, spending more time exercising, meditating, praying and getting involved in hobbies. Even psychotherapy can be beneficial; a mental health diagnosis is not required.

I think most importantly is changing our mindset: lowering our expectations, being more loving with each other and being forthcoming regarding our mental health issues; putting an end to mental health stigma! We need to lose our selfish mentality that everything is “about us.” We need to form a cohesive alliance again, and tackle these hardships together. The DSM movement is about prevailing together!

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)