Did you know that millennials are thought to be the most anxious generation of all time! In fact, The American Psychiatric Association (APA) conducted a survey which shows that millennials tend to be more anxious than their parents! The reason? Millennials carry the burden of larger student loan debt, lower unemployment rate, and are less likely to own a home as past generations at the same age.
Being able to pay bills is the number one reason millennials quote for feeling the most stress, and who can blame them? Millennials between the ages of 25 and 34 have an average of $42,000 in debt each, according to Northwestern Mutual's 2018 Planning & Progress Study, an average entry-level job salary in the U.S. is $28,000!
However, millennials are extremely aware of issues such as mental health, actively engaging in conversation, and seeking out help. We praise this, and truth be told, we encourage actively seeking out help! Today we’ve come up with 5 helpful tips to help you cope with anxiety.
Put Down The Starbucks...And The Vodka
Both coffee and alcohol have been linked to enhancing the effects of anxiety, even to the point of causing panic attacks. We’re not saying cut coffee and alcohol completely out of your life, sometimes you need a caffeine boost or a glass of red wine after work, but being aware of how often you are consuming these substances and how they are affecting your daily life is very important.
Take A Break
Everyone nowadays is on the go. Americans tend to live a fast-paced life, constantly immersing themselves at work, working extra hours, or living the busy student life. However, rest is necessary; in fact, it is essential to controlling anxiety. Starting to feel anxious? Take a break, listen to calming music, do yoga, meditate, do something that makes you happy, and that aids in relaxation.
Learning what triggers your anxiety is one of the most important tips that we could offer you. Sitting down with yourself and being honest about what is causing anxiety (family, friends, job, school, etc.) is imperative because you cannot fix, or control what you are not aware of.
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There is no shame in experiencing anxiety, it’s that simple. We live in a society where almost everyone has experienced stress, depression, and anxiety. Mental health awareness has become more common, and if you feel like you cannot reach out to anyone in your immediate circle, there are plenty of organizations that will help listen and help you get through tough times. The main thing is, know that you are not alone.
Here is a list of these organizations:
Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Support Groups
The Anxiety Network: Help and Support
International OCD Foundation: Online and Phone OCD Support Groups
Remember, everyone is different in the way they handle stress and anxiety. It is important to be aware that what might work for one person might not work for you, in fact, seeking professional help might be the best way to help you cope with anxiety. Regardless, we hope these 5 tips get you started on your journey!
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