Millennials and Anxiety
The simplest way to describe anxiety is being nervous or worried about the future. Anxiety can motivate in small doses. However, when escalated it can have serious side effects on physical and mental health. According to Dr. S. Achuter, psychiatrist, most symptoms are caused by stress hormones such as adrenaline, noradrenaline and vasopressin. These hormones activate the fight or flight body response, which triggers sweating, rapid pulse and increased heart rate.
According to Psychology Today, Millennials are the most tech savvy generation in history and also have more anxiety than any other generation. This anxiety keeps them from sleeping at night. According to the BDA Moreau Shepell paper, 61% of college students have anxiety, more than twice that of Boomers.
Whether it’s financial debt, social media consumption, always connected work environments or heavier workloads with resources, different factors cause stress and anxiety.
A sociologist from the the university of Alberta reported Millennials have a tougher time in the work space compared to previous generations. While this generation is the most educated, the path to success is less clear. Lisa Stohscher, sociologist at the university of Alberta stated
“Millennials who experienced the great depression in 2008 ended up in jobs that weren’t leading anywhere, and that has pretty much continued today.”
If you’re in a dead end job, that’s stress producing. There are all kinds of things that have frustrated efforts to get ahead. A survey revealed half of Millennials said they’ve left their jobs because of “mental health reasons.”
The nature of work itself has become more stressful and competitive, leaving precious little downtime. In a BCBS mental health listening session, the topic of mental health was explored. Results indicated:
1. Stigma still exists around behavioral health issues, like anxiety and depression.
It is necessary that employees demonstrate that there is no stigma from taking advantage of employee’s assistance benefits.
2. Benefits should evolve to meet Millennial’s needs.
Access to behavioral health should be expanded, providing whole person care.
3. A Holistic approach is needed
Share appropriate data to better care for patient’s mentally and physically.
4. Improve access and control cost
Both time and cost prevent receiving care for some behavioral conditions, like anxiety disorder.
5. Establish relationships and trust
Many Millennials believe that a doctor will not understand or hear them. Build relationship and establish trust. Follow up.
In addition, companies can change the culture of their company to encourage employees to unplug from work. For example, employees can be encouraged to not look at email while on vacation.
Finally, a professional hypnotherapist can work individually with persons who want to reduce anxiety significantly. Therapists can help transform anxious thoughts into calm, peaceful ways of thinking through the process of Hypnotherapy. It is recommended they choose a professional, Certified, Hypnotherapist.