4 surprising health mistakes Millennials make
Millennials tend to get a bad rap, being labelled ‘lazy’ and ‘selfish’ and, although we’re probably the most studied generation ever, we still end up being misunderstood.
However, despite what our parents think, when it comes to our health, it seems Millennials are exercising more, eating better and drinking less.
So, if you’re a Millennial (aka someone born 1982-2004), here are five health mistakes you’re probably making – and some of them aren’t what you’d expect!
- Not so sleeping beauties
A survey found that Millennials reported a higher level of stress than any other generation and more than half of our generation has lain awake at night because of this stress. With lack of sleep proven to make us more stressed, it becomes a vicious cycle.
Having trouble getting some shut-eye? Switch your smartphone for a book, steer clear of caffeine for six hours before bed and try and go to sleep at the same time each night to set your body clock. Some natural therapies like acupuncture, yoga and naturopathy could also help.
- Neglecting your mental health
We’re known for working hard and playing harder, so it’s no surprise that it’s catching up to us – in the form of anxiety and mental illness. A paper by The Chronicle of Higher Education found that 33% of responders “felt so depressed that it was difficult to function” in the last year. Anxiety has been increasing. The average high school kid today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950s.
- Super-sized everything
Despite being told that we’re a group of green smoothie-sipping, kale-eating yogis, the obesity rate in millennials is constantly increasing. A study into Australian obesity trends by the University of Sydney found that for females, “the rate of increase in obesity appears to be greatest between the ages of 25 and 54 years”, while for males, “The critical period of weight gain appears to be the 5-10 year period after leaving school.”
- Social media addiction
Is social media a health mistake? A new report by the Royal Society for Public Health surveyed 14-24 year olds on their social media habits and found that four out of the five main social media platforms are linked with increased rates of anxiety, depression and poor sleep. Instagram was the major culprit, listed as the most negative of all platforms and causing millennials higher rates of body image issues, trouble sleeping and bullying. Might be time for a social detox…