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!
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