Millennials have had the rare privilege of growing up with technology that has changed the very way human beings have lived for thousands of years. This means millennials are braving a world that no one is really familiar with and everyone around them is also just trying to keep up. This makes them more anxious and stressed. Here are 7 things millennials are not doing right and how they can correct them with simple hacks.
1. Skipping Sustenance
Irregular eating times, skipping breakfast, and missing meals affect not only our metabolism and insulin levels but also your mental stability. If you remain hungry and do not drink water regularly for a long time, it can cause anxiety-like sensations, including shakiness, dizziness, confusion, and difficulty speaking. The simple solution is to stick to the schedule when it comes to your meals and keep yourself hydrated.
2. Hanging Out With Anxious People
Remember how you meet with friends to just vent about all the things that are going wrong in each other’s lives. Well, that really won’t help. Studies show that ruminating on anxiety often makes it worse. Ideally, you should be hanging out with or finding ways to level your mood. If hanging out with certain people makes you hyped up or on the edge, it’s better to spend less time with them.
3. Sitting All Day
A review by BMC Public Health found that the risk of anxiety risk increases as sedentary behavior increases and, specifically, sitting time spikes one’s likelihood of experiencing anxiety. Yes, most millennials are stuck to desk jobs but that does not mean you cannot take short breaks every ninety minutes for a quick walk. If you can add some workout time at the gym, you can greatly reduce the risk of anxiety and depression.
4. Bad Sleep
Millennials’ utter disregard for sleep may be costing them more than they know. A study by the University of California at Berkeley found that lack of sleep may play a key role in ramping up the brain regions that contribute to excessive worrying. Instead of spending time on phones or laptops right before bed, form a long, boring nighttime routine free from technology.
5. Your Phone
The phone has become such an inextricable part of the millennial’s life that they spend an average of nine hours a day on their phone, according to a 2014 study by Baylor University. Looking into the screen all day can make you anxious and cut you off from people and events around you. Using social media extensively is also linked to low moods and depression. Give yourself some tech-free time and use your phones
6. Netflix And Chilling
As comfortable as it sounds, sitting on your couch and watching a movie is not going to help you unwind. In one study, participants felt more depressed and anxious after watching just two hours of TV than those who didn’t. While resting reduces anxiety short-term, research reveals that its effect is short-lived. Set aside some time every day to workout or do a physical activity that you enjoy, like playing tennis or doing yoga. Exercising can have a much more lasting effect on reducing anxiety.
7. Drinking Too Much Coffee
Drinking coffee has its up sides and down sides. On the one hand, it helps us perform better on short-term tasks but on the other, it also makes you jittery, irritable and nervous, especially if you’re suffering