Snowflakes melting under the pressure of modern life, says study
According to a new survey by market researchers Mintel, a quarter of millennials are struggling to cope with the pressures of their work, studies and finances.
The poll of 2,000 people found that the so-called ‘snowflake’ generation – a controversial term for those aged between 16 and 24 – are now the most stressed generation in Britain.
On the opposite end of the scale, just under a tenth of the over-55s claimed to be stressed every day.
“Britain’s young are feeling pressure on several fronts including academic, work and financial factors, and for some this causing anxiety and stress on a daily basis,” says Richard Caines, senior food and drink analyst at Mintel. “The greater visibility of mental health issues seen in mainstream media can help drive awareness of less severe manifestations of anxiety and stress in consumers’ lives.”
Feeling stressed out? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Thankfully, there are many things you can do help reduce such feelings.
The poll, which also showed how people cope with stress, found that two fifths turn to music to help banish the blues, two fifths go for a walk and a third turn to comfort food.
Music is a great tool to help relax and unwind, as it can help the mind settle and rejuvenate. Walking is another great way to let off steam, as is more vigorous exercise. Working out helps burn energy too, taking your mind off what’s worrying you to release endorphins, the feel-good chemical that interacts with receptors in your brain to reduce pain and trigger a positive feeling.
Try our 9 moves that relieve stress.
While comfort eating may initially make you feel better, eating a tub of ice cream in a single sitting is rarely a good idea. Instead, our 11 stress-busting foods will help banish negativity and improve your health.
(Related: Get wise to beat stress eating this week)
Putting your phone down will also improve your mood. Recently, former MH cover star Chris Hemsworth spoke up about smartphone addiction and the impact it has on his mental health.
Sleep is also a sure-fire way to boost your outlook on life and energy levels.
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