Are you a millennial experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression? Well, you aren’t alone. According to recent studies, many millennials feel pressure to measure up due to social pressure from peers, and a reputation for being spoiled. The pressure you put on yourself to achieve success and debunk stereotypes can often lead to mental health issues, eating disorders, and even suicidal thoughts. So, how can you feel better? Here are a few suggestions:
Spend Time Socializing
Millennials who have mental health issues, like depression, can often feel very isolated and may not feel a sense of belonging. This isolation can be compounded by a lack of real social activity. You probably spend more time using smartphones or talking online than engaging in in-person activities. These impersonal practices can conceal mental health issues. Engaging with others face-to-face helps to decrease feelings of isolation and anxiety, and increases the sense of social support in people. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), having this social support system is very important when it comes to coping with stress and other issues. If you’re a millennial in self-imposed exile, start getting out in the world a few times a week.
Put Your Mind to It
Mindfulness is a basic ability to be fully present, aware of where you are and what you’re doing, and not be overwhelmed by what’s going on around you. When you bring awareness to what you’re experiencing via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. This simple practice of being present can help you meet external stressors in a calm, objective way. Studies show that millennials who participate in mindfulness meditation can produce physical changes in the brain that alleviate anxiety, and bolster concentration and mental wellness. Looking for some mindfulness exercises? The Mayo Clinic offers suggestions here: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/in-depth/mindfulness-exercises/art-20046356
Practice Meditation and Yoga
Meditation has become increasingly popular among millennials. The practice helps to center the mind by allowing good thoughts to come to the front of your mind. Meditation will challenge your constant multi-tasking, and allow you to slow things down and focus, which will do wonders to alleviate stress and relax you.
Similarly, yoga can be an effective treatment for anxiety in millennials. Taking a yoga class will help you put your materialistic life on hold. Phones typically aren’t permitted in yoga studios, which allows you to unplug and be present for as long as the class goes. Try taking an hour or so a day (or a few times a week) to do yoga. Stepping away from technology and spending some time in the moment, will give you a chance to relax and get some exercise. If you are new to yoga, look for beginner level classes at a local studio. You can find places nearby by doing a search on www.yogafinder.com or www.yogaalliance.org.