Who is considered a millennial? People born from early 1980’s to the mid-1990 are a millennial. A study says that millennials are about to experience more stress and are less able to manage it.

Stress and anxiety not only harm our mental health and well-being but also sabotages our productivity. There can be plenty of sources of millennial anxiety and stress that include a tight job market, student debt or other psychological causes. Issues like ambition addiction, career crises, and choice-overload also add as a catalyst to stress. Millennial’s day-to-day behaviour can incite anxiety.

Here are six habits that make a millennial stressed and anxious:

1. Poor sleep habits

The most prevalent contributor to stress and anxiety is poor sleep. A study found that lack of sleep plays a vital role in ramping up the brain regions causing excessive worrying.

Going to bed at odd times, and spending time on phone or laptop right before bed are the causes of sleep disorders. It is best to avoid technology for better work management and keeping a journal by the bed to pen down thoughts is another way to reduce stress.

2. Poor eating habits

Having meals on time boosts not only our metabolism and insulin levels but also our mental health. Skipping breakfast or waiting too long may lead to unsteady blood sugar levels that can cause anxiety-like sensations and thus contribute to stress. Also, dehydration has a similar effect as stress and anxiety follow hunger and thirst, the biological needs.

3. Coffee addiction

The amount of caffeine in coffee makes us alert, and often, helps to perform better on short-term tasks. Also, it can make people jittery, irritable and nervous, especially if they are already predisposed to the causes of stress and anxiety.

Caffeine sensitivity has increased in people with the panic disorder that lead to panic attacks. Caffeine is also a diuretic, which can cause dehydration—an anxiety trigger established above. One should wean off coffee, decaf or black tea by consuming one cup a day.

4. Sedentary Lifestyle

A surge of anxiety symptoms parallels our increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Researchers found that the risk of anxiety increases as inactive behaviour increases.

Sitting all day can spike one’s likelihood of experiencing the effects of stress on health. Offsetting sitting time with regular exercise will halve the risk of consequences of stress.

5. Smartphones

Millennials spend on an average of nine hours a day on their phone. Technology improves our lives in multitudinous ways, but too much of it makes us stressed and anxious.

Screen-based entertainment enhances the central nervous system arousal that can amplify anxiety. Social media is similarly associated with low moods and depression.

Such reasons are enough for a millennial to have a life full of stress. Such habits must be relinquished to alleviate boredom and use energy productively.

6. Netflix and hangouts

Snuggling up on the couch and watching the movie sounds soothing and help to unwind. However, research disproves this trend. According to one study, when few people were made to watch TV for two hours, the results showed that participants felt more depressed and anxious than those who did not.

The other study found that those with anxiety and depression spend significantly more time on screens. While resting reduces anxiety, short-term research reveals that its effect is short-lived.

Remaining youthful and energetic is the power of a millennial. It is best not to overload it with the sources of stress and anxiety.

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