To those who were born between 1982 and 2002 (give or take) and know what it’s like to be born into one of the most overgeneralized groups of humans in the world, I understand the struggle. The is a list of some of the things that stress us out the most. With any luck, you’ll see something on this list that resonates with you and causes you to make the changes necessary for you to live a “stress less” life rather than trying to live a “stressless” life.
10). The cellphone.
Our cellphones cause us unnecessary anxiety. If we aren’t answering phone calls every twenty minutes, sending text messages every ten minutes and checking how many people liked our latest post on social media every thirty seconds, we would be much better off. But we can’t seem to do that because we feel obligated to stay in the know; we always gotta know what’s going on and who it’s going on with. And every now and then we’ll put our phones on do not disturb in order to get a break but a few days (or hours) later, we open ourselves back up the stress associated with constantly having to be plugged in.
9). You’re supposed to be married by now.
As a millennial, there’s two things you know to be true. The first thing is that your parents and grandparents don’t want you to die alone. The second thing is that they don’t want you to wait until they’re too old to enjoy the grandchildren you need to produce for them. They’ll project these concerns by subtly inquiring about your love life, and sometimes overtly saying things like, “I’m ready to be a grandparent” and then it’s like once you get married, great. Now have a kid. and once you have a kid, great. Now have another one. The external pressures never seem to stop as it relates to being married and entering parenthood. And because we know their hearts are in the right place and that they just want us to be happy, we let the annoying comments slide without addressing them. But that doesn’t make it any less of a stress factor.
8). You’re either sleeping too much or not enough.
I don’t even know how many hours of sleep constitutes a good night’s rest these days. Is it 6 or is it 8? But anyway, with everything we have going on in our lives, our sleeping patterns are all over the place. Some of us rely on our 1-2 naps per day to get us through. The rest of us bank on energy drinks to help us ride it out on 2-3 hours of sleep. You begin to find yourself in situations where you compare everything that you should be doing with sleep. “Should i do this homework right now or take a nap first so i can be refreshed?” “I should go to sleep before I go to the gym so I can be nice and energized for my workout.” And what was supposed to be a thirty minute nap turns into a three hour nap and now you’re even more stressed out than you were before you went to sleep. the struggle is definitely real with this.
7). Your savings account got beef with your checking account.
Bruh. If I had a dollar for every time i transferred money from my savings account to my checking account, I wouldn’t need to go into my savings account in the first place. It’s like you try to do the right thing by putting money in your savings, because you wanna have money for the future and all that good stuff. But then at the same time, we ain’t gonna get to the future if we can’t get through the present, ya feel me? I’ve found that this is an ongoing struggle for many millennials and because of that, we’re always, always, always, retooling our approach to money and what we choose to spend our money on.
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