Mental Health and Wellness in Millennials
Health and wellness means something different for everyone. For some it’s the mission to get shredded and peeled for beach season, for others it means working on goals created with a primary care physician regarding weight loss, or blood pressure. There is no right or wrong answer because we all don’t fit neatly into the same box.
Knowing everyone has different health and wellness goals means everyone’s approach to those goals will look different. One approach is to start by taking small steps and making small adjustments consistently each day. Over time, those small changes can evolve into big transformations. Closely scrutinizing your daily wellness routine through activities like journaling, or some method of paying closer attention to the details of your daily routine, will help to steer the direction of the journey towards the version of yourself you envision.
While there is no specific definition of health and wellness, everyone should consider mental health a key component of their wellness journey. Whether your small change is removing certain foods from your diet, or adding exercise to your weekly routine, there is a chance these changes could add stress to your daily life. This is not meant to intimidate you, but it is something to consider and plan for.
If you have not settled into a weekly gym routine, you may find yourself pressed for time trying to get to work after a morning training session. You may get a bit anxious on the weekends when it’s time to begin food prep for the week. If you can control your stress you have a better chance of staying consistent with your health and wellness goals.
“Maybe it has something to do with the wanderlust that social media cultivates, or maybe CBD oil has finally rendered good old fashioned alcohol obsolete, but extenuating factors aside, travel seems to be the unrivaled millennial priority -- the gold medal winner in a generational game of Would You Rather.”
While reducing stress and fighting anxiety can be extremely beneficial while working towards wellness milestones, there are other things to consider as well.. In order to achieve a similar feeling of relaxation, some people may grab a drink. No, not a green tea, more like a long island iced tea, beer or wine. For many of us, alcohol is just not the healthy alternative we are looking for. A single beer, a glass of wine or a mixed drink can have anywhere from 100 to 300 calories. If you need to relax for a night out, or decompress after a long day, look for a calorie friendly option for yourself. Whatever your health and wellness goals may be, it is important to use the tools available to you.
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