Millennials 19-35 years old have a higher incidence of anxiety than any other generation, but they don’t have a monopoly on it.
If it’s getting out of hand, there are lifelines available …
- Consider others, but please yourself – One person cannot be all things to all people without feeling distressed.
- Time shift worry to a certain time one day a week– Say, Tuesday night between 7:30 and 8 pm for example. By time shifting worry, you are not blindly ignoring it but you’re also not obsessing about it either.
- Let go – One of the biggest sources of anxiety is trying to maintain some control over a life that seems so out of control. The best and only way to gain control is to give up control. We can control ourselves. Trying to control others is a sure ticket to unhappiness whether we like it or not.
- Reign in social media – Social media and even texting to groups sets up a fantasy world of expectations and perceived desires that make us miserable. Enjoy social media like a Haagen-Dazs ice cream bar, it’s the dessert not the meal.
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