Younger Generation Suffering from Stress

Stress is something that affects every age group. Unfortunately, it seems to be affecting our age group more than any other. According to the  annual Stress in America survey done by the APA, the 2013 report shows that the age groups of 18-33 (labeled Millennials) and 34-47 (labeled Gen X) has the highest stress level scoring an average of 5.4 compared to the national average of 4.9. Along with the highest scores of stress, the Millennials also have the highest increase of stress within the past year. As we all know, stress has many side effects. 44% of Millennials and Gen X report that they experience irritability or anger because of their stressors. 52% report that stress causes them to lie awake at night.

These statistics help explain why only 29% of Millennials feel they’re doing a good job managing their stress. This may have to do with the way that this age group tries to manage their stress. The number one way Millennials manage their stress is to listen to music, followed by exercise, spending time with family, reading, eating, shopping, attending church, drinking, and smoking, respectively. Although most of these management techniques aren’t negative, Millennials used eating and shopping more than any other generation.

So what’s the main cause for this stress? According to this report, 76% of Millennials claim that work is a somewhat or significant stressor. This may be due to the current economy and the stress students feel about being able to find a job after college. In all generations, money, work, and the economy are the highest sources of stress.

The findings of this report are very important for us to pay attention to. Not only are we included in the age group that has the hardest time dealing with stress, but we’re also the people who have the job of helping others deal with their own stress. This makes it even more critical for us as future counselors to be self-aware and know how to take care of ourselves. Sometimes as a student in a psychology-related program, you may feel that you should be able to figure out your own problems without help or that you’re immune to mental health problems. This was proven wrong in a survey done by the APA in 2009 that found that 87% of psychology graduate students reported feelings of anxiety, 68% reported symptoms of depression, and 19% reported suicidal thoughts. Not getting help for these issues can not only be detrimental to ourselves but can directly affect how we counsel others.

As students, we are fortunate enough to be provided with free counseling services. If you’re having difficulties with anything, call Avila’s Counseling and Career Services at 816-501-2901. Other healthy ways of dealing with stress and taking care of yourself include exercising, setting boundaries, getting enough sleep, and eating right.


Posted on May 1, 2013, in Biological Psychology, Emerging Trends in Psychology, Psychological Concepts, Students and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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