Prioritize Mental Health, Millennials

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By Dr. Vincent Candrawinata

The current economic climate has placed a significant portion of the population under considerable financial stress. Among those most affected are millennials and Gen Z, representing a substantial portion of the Australian population. These younger generations are facing their first prolonged recession, burdened with mortgages, family expenses, and the need to take on additional work to make ends meet. Unfortunately, this chronic stress puts them at risk of developing what I call “STRESSICK” – a term encompassing various stress-related illnesses.
Stress can have severe consequences on our health, both physically and mentally. Studies indicate that a significant percentage of individuals regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress. These symptoms may include chest pain, headaches, digestive issues, sleep disturbances, and more. Furthermore, chronic stress can lead to breathing difficulties and high blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart conditions such as heart attack, hypertension, and stroke. The immune system also bears the brunt of prolonged stress, leaving individuals more susceptible to illnesses, chronic fatigue, diabetes, obesity, and depression.
It is crucial for millennials and Gen Z to recognize the impact stress can have on their health and take proactive measures to manage it effectively. Here are some practical tips to prioritize their well-being:

Exercise regularly: Engaging in physical activity, such as yoga, meditation, or acupuncture, can help reduce stress and depression while promoting the production of endorphins – natural painkillers that enhance well-being. Aim for regular exercise and stay hydrated.

Improve your diet: Opt for anti-inflammatory foods such as whole foods, leafy greens, oily fish, and berries. Avoid processed foods packed with unhealthy additives, as they can compromise your immune system’s ability to fight infections. Additionally, consider incorporating supplements like fish oil, a good multivitamin, and activated phenolics, powerful antioxidants that combat inflammation and protect cells.

Set goals and learn to say no: Prioritize tasks and set achievable goals to alleviate stress. If financial pressures become overwhelming, consider cutting or declining activities that contribute to negative stress. Remember, setting goals helps regain control over your life, even in challenging circumstances.

Seek support and practice self-compassion: The way you talk to yourself can significantly impact stress levels. Be kind and reassure yourself. Share your concerns with loved ones, allowing them to provide emotional and physical support. Sometimes, a simple conversation can foster open discussions and generate solutions.

Focus on quality sleep and mental well-being: Stress often disrupts sleep patterns, leading to fatigue and mental health issues. Spend time outdoors, experience daylight, and engage in stimulating activities. Additionally, consider incorporating activated mental resilience supplements into your diet, particularly those containing potent saffron extract, which helps reduce nervous tension and promotes restful sleep.

Regularly consult with a doctor: Many health issues, such as high blood pressure and blood sugar levels, often go undetected when attributed to tiredness or stress. It is vital to schedule regular appointments with your doctor for health checks, especially considering the serious nature of STRESSICK. By monitoring your body’s response to stress, you can mitigate potential risks and ensure a healthier future.

It is crucial for millennials and Gen Z to understand that stress affects everyone differently. By prioritizing mental health, adopting healthy lifestyle habits, and seeking proper support, younger generations can navigate through these difficult times, protect their well-being, and embrace the abundance life has to offer. Remember, your health is your wealth.

About the author: Dr. Vincent Candrawinata is the founder of Renovatio Bioscience. This is an opinion column. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of this publication.

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