Best Life: How to help with millennial burnout

Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 7:04 AM CDT
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ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Millennials, the generation born roughly between the years 1981 and 1996, are reporting higher rates of mental and physical exhaustion than other age groups. In fact, research shows millennials tend to have higher rates of depression than other generations. So, what’s causing the generational burnout and are there ways to help?

They’re tech-savvy, open-minded, political, independent, lazy and narcissistic. But research shows millennials are also burnt out! Longer work hours, stagnant pay and increasing debt are just some of the reasons for the burnout. One report found the average baby boomer had to work 306 hours at minimum wage to pay for four years of college. The average millennial had to work 4,459! And expenses like health care add to the financial stress.

In 1960 the average annual health insurance cost $146 per person. In 2016 it hit $10,345, that’s a nine-fold increase when adjusted for inflation!

Signs of burnout may include exhaustion, isolation, irritability, frequent illnesses and mental health problems. If you’re experiencing burnout, try some basic self-care techniques such as eating a healthy, balanced diet, exercising regularly and getting between seven and nine hours of sleep a night. Activities like yoga and meditation may also be beneficial.

Experts believe the lack of social life may also contribute to burnout. A survey that polled 1,234 U.S. adults found millennials were more likely to feel lonely than previous generations. Specifically, 30 percent of millennials said they always or often felt lonely compared to 20 percent of generation X and only 15 percent of baby boomers.

Contributor(s) to this news report include: Julie Marks, Producer; Robert Walko, Videographer; Robert Walko, Editor.

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