Everything we knew changed in the course of a few weeks. No wonder why we might be experiencing feelings of anxiety. Millennial anxiety is real, and this is what you have to know about it.
Though everyone is experiencing anxiety due to the uncertainty of our future, millennials around the world have been the most affected. Millennials are the greater part of the population who have to pay rents, work several jobs to pay student loans and make ends meet and many do not have anyone to turn to when these issues become too difficult to cope with. If you add climate anxiety and the recent pandemic, it is not hard to see why millennials are anxious about the future.
Every generation indeed believes that they have lived through the toughest times, millennials are the ones that have suffered anxiety the most. A study by the American Psychological Association states that 12% of millennials have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, twice as much as boomers. Millennials have lived through two major economic collapses, high rates of divorce among their parents, student loan crises and a widening gap between the rich and the poor. These events have made them experience feelings of uncertainty, fear and doubt about the future.
Several millennials have been driven into anxiety when they fail to fulfill their expectations and their perceived expectations of their parents and the media in general. We are now exposed to information and opinions and this endless flow of information can cause uncontrolled anxiety.
Millennials are also very sensitive towards what goes around the world and can affect them directly or indirectly, which is very overwhelming –this often manifests in existential crises and anxiety disorders.
To reduce feelings of anxiety find time to do things that support your mental health and avoid your anxiety triggers –minimize social media use and cope with stress in healthy ways.
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