Millennials Cope with Today’s Stressful World

By Ashley Maltz

Millennials, the generation born between 1981 and 1996, have been shown to have higher rates of self-reported stress than any other generation according to the American Psychological Association. Despite these odds, this generation is finding creative ways to live in the world and to manage their stressors. Below are just a few examples:

1) Millennials use apps such as Trello, Schedulicity and Calendly to schedule their lives and productivity. These apps help them stay connected and help them get things done more efficiently. This allows them to knock things off their “to-do” list and be more present with family and friends in their free time. Any function imaginable probably has an app for it.

2) Millennials do yoga and use mindfulness meditation to stay present in the current moment. They use apps like Calm, Headspace and Insight Timer to track their progress and attain their meditation goals.

3) Millennials make sure to schedule time away from their phones and computers while enjoying the beauty of nature. Camping, “glamping” or just hiking in the woods provides just the right amount of Vitamin N(ature) to help their packed brains destress.

4) Those who can’t go camping or hiking regularly choose to become “plant parents.” Millennials see plant parenthood as an easier and friendlier way to care for something. It just so happens that while caring for a living thing, they also lower their stress levels as plants oxygenate the air, further leading to healthier living all around.

5) Millennials embrace complementary medicine modalities such as nutrition, acupuncture and herbal medicine for their health needs. They are the empowered consumer and have dramatically influenced organic, natural food selections and alternative medicine practices.

Be it practicing mindfulness, spending time in nature, getting acupuncture treatments or owning plants, Millennials are a leading example on how to stay calm despite the stressors of modern-day life.

Ashley Maltz, MD, practices in downtown Austin at West Holistic Medicine and loves empowering her patients to heal. In her spare time, she enjoys connecting like-minded individuals, practicing yoga, hiking and dancing with friends. For more information call 512-814-0148 or visit WestHolisticMedicine.com.