From work to climate change, these are the reasons millennials are stressed!

“Lazy, spoiled, unmotivated, and entitled,” this is how most people describe millennials (people born between 1981-1996). When thinking of millennials, people usually think of a spoiled 20-something, scrolling through their Instagram. But that’s not always the case. In fact, millennials are extremely hard working to the point it causes them burnout (yes, that’s a thing). 

So…what is this burnout?

It’s a work-related stress that leads to physical and emotional exhaustion. People who experience burn out tend to think their life isn’t in order, and they aren’t achieving enough. Experts believe that stress and depression is the underlying cause for burnout. 

And that’s not the only problem they face. Here are the five factors that contribute to stress in millennials and how to tackle them:

Work:

Unlike the previous generation, finding a steady job is hard for a millennial. And the cost of living has increased considerably compared to the last generation. This results in them overworking, and most of the time, it still won’t be enough. 

How to deal with it? 

  1. The best way to deal with work stress is by identifying your priorities and make plans accordingly. Start by making a to-do list for the next day’s work. And if you have a big project, break it down into smaller parts and work on the difficult task at first. You will feel more relaxed after that.
  2. Personalizing your workspace can have a positive impact on your mental health. Keep pictures of your family, loved ones, or your pet, and post your favorite quote or your goal to where you can see them. 

Relationship:

Of course, relationships can heal us and help us grow. But it can sometimes contribute to our stress too. Especially if you are already stressed out due to work, even small arguments and misunderstandings can affect your mood. 

How to deal with it?

  1. Communication is the key. Talk to your partner and be more open about your feelings. And if there is a misunderstanding, clear it up right away.
  2. Make time for each other, no matter how busy you are. It doesn’t mean you have to go on fancy dates. Even watching your favorite show or movie together can improve your relationship. 
  3. Don’t be over-possessive, and at the same time, don’t pretend like you don’t care at all. Trust in your partner and show that you care. 

Social Media:

Social media is like a double-edged sword. It can help you stay connected with your family and friends, but it can also cause unwanted stress. We compare our lives to people we see in social media and end up feeling underachieved. And sometimes, social media are just a big distraction. 

How to deal with it?

  1. Stop stalking that person (you know who I am talking about) it could be your Ex or someone pretty and wealthy, and just watching them will make you think, “How are they so successful? What am I doing wrong?” Then it’s time you stop following them. Each of us are climbing a different hill, so there is no point in comparing yourself with others. Just trust in your journey and keep moving forward. 
  2. If you think you are spending too much time on social media, then try limiting your screentime. Make a schedule and stick to it. 

Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO):

Have you ever had to work on a Saturday night? And you can’t help but think about your friends who are out there partying or hanging out, and you stress yourself by thinking about all the fun you are missing? Yeah, that’s called Fear Of Missing Out or FOMO for short, and it’s common among adults. 97% of the adults have FOMO (and the remaining 3% are lying).

How to deal with it?

  1. Know your priority. Partying with your friends can be fun, but think about what is going to help you in the long run, and prioritize that. 
  2. Focus on living here in the moment, instead of thinking about the things you cannot change. 

Eco-Anxiety:

What is Eco-Anxiety, you ask? “Eco-Anxiety is not an illness, but an actual response to a threat,” says Dr. Ramasubramanian. He is one of the renowned psychiatrist of South India. He is awarded with the title of “Top-Rated Psychiatrist in Madurai” by an International ranking website called, Three Best Rated®. 

“From an evolutionary perspective, all living things want to give a healthy and protective environment to the next generation. But since we have failed to do it, we are filled with guilt and anxiety,” the psychiatrist explains. 

How to deal with it?

  1. Personally, I have eco-anxiety too. So, I try to do things in my power to contribute to the wellness of our planet. 
  2. I don’t think eco-anxiety is a bad thing. It helps us realize what we are doing wrong and push us to take a step to fix it. So, do what you can to save our planet. Every small step counts. 

Bottom line:

Millennials aren’t spoiled and lazy or depressed, they just have it rough because the world is not the same as it used to be twenty years ago. 

“Remember, most of your stress comes from the way you respond, not the way life is. Adjust your attitude, and all the extra stress is gone.”

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