It’s not easy being a millennial. According to a 2015 survey of 6,000 adults, conducted by the American Psychological Association, people between ages 18 to 34 make up the most stressed-out generation compared to all other age groups. Not to get morbid about it, but suicide rates for this age group have increased by 27 percent between 2000 and 2015.
What’s making them so upset? For one, finding (and keeping) a good job that’s both financially and emotionally rewarding has never been more challenging. This problem is not exclusive to millennials, but it is particularly hard for those who grew up with smartphones as a major part of their everyday life. As a result of their technology dependency, research suggests these folks are more isolated, physically disconnected (although virtually connected) and, therefore, more depressed than any generation prior. It’s a lot pressure to handle on your own.
My new book, What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond, released this November, calls on Buddhist and mindfulness wisdom to help young people (and really, anyone) not only cope, but thrive in the stressful conditions of modern day life. If you’ve been feeling stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed, here are five ways meditation can alleviate the pressure so that you can get back to living a happy, healthy life.
Originally Published on November 15, 2017 on Sonima.com by Yael Shy. Read the entire article here.