Millennials are the more vulnerable group during the pandemic. Many of them are already depressed and financially-stressed before the pandemic even started. But after COVID-19 became a worldwide health crisis, people aged 18-34 claims they are more stressed in May than they were in the first month of 2020.
There are different reasons why millennials took the biggest blow during the pandemic. For one, 52% of people aged 45 and below lost income source due to the pandemic. With millennial’s massive student debts and their daily expenses adding up their worries, it is only understandable why many of them are experiencing serious distress. Add the fact that social distancing rules are forcing them to physically stay away from their loved ones. What can millennials do to fight pandemic-related stress?
Start prioritizing self-care
One of the most important things to do is to start prioritizing self-care. Even if the world is in chaos and you have lots of problems to take care of, investing in your health is the best way to stay healthy and alive. Don’t forget that your physical health is not the only thing that matters.
One should not only try to sleep more, exercise regularly, and eat healthy meals on time. Use your extra time to take care of your mental health. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your loved ones and to talk to the right professional if deemed necessary.
Start a healthy hobby that will allow you to take your mind off of your stressors. This can be reading food blogs, writing a journal, taking up vegetable gardening, watching reruns of your favorite shows, or even baking. These can help you lower your stress levels, recover from tough days, and even learn new skills you can apply to your everyday life.
Learn a new skill or two
Why not use your love for the internet to learn new knowledge and skills to boost your career? It does not matter if you are looking for a new job or want to snag a better position. You can increase your chances of success by investing time to learn new skills instead of seamlessly browsing the net.
Visit websites that offer courses for free. Video tutorials are all over the internet. Make use of this time to upskill instead of being unproductive and simply worrying about what will happen next.
Find other ways to fix your financial health
Know that you are not the only one going through a financial crisis. If you want to change all this, start by reviewing your finances. Check which areas you can adjust and start improving your financial health. If debt repair is not yet possible, find more ways to increase your income and lower your expenses. Once you’ve managed to turn your finances around, be sure not to forget to save and start paying off your debts.
The pandemic may have caused millennials a serious amount of stress. But nothing good will happen if one will not stand up and do something about it. Don’t use the COVID-19 crisis as an excuse to wallow in distress. Instead, take it as a challenge and improve yourself, be more productive, and start taking better care of your overall health and wellness.