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REMEDY BLOG | THE PROBLEM WITH MILLENNIALS
The Problem With Millennials
June 22, 2018 | Chad Hildebrand
A few days ago, the Health Foundation released a report indicating that Generation Y (affectionately called Millennials) is not getting the support they need to make a smooth transition into adulthood. According to the study, this translates into a bunch of 20 and 30-somethings at greater risk of experiencing poor health later in life. Compared to other generations, Millennials have a higher risk of developing cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, which means they are on track to have worse health in middle age than their parents—the first in history. Millennials already have it tough with lower wages, concerns about job security, emotional pressure and chronic loneliness. Maybe we should take it easy on all that entitled and lazy talk.
Gen X, Gen Why, Gen Z
How could this have happened? The Health Foundation report cites issues with employment, relationships and housing. These complications are leading to a disturbing trend that is linking an entire generation to long-term stress, anxiety, depression and lower quality of life. We have to ask, “where is all of this psychological stress stemming from?” The impact of social media is not fully understood but it is certainly a factor. We live in a world where we need to keep up digital relationships along with actual real life connections. Sadly, 8 out of 10 people in their 20s believe that they are under pressure to behave a certain way because of social media. Bill Murray may have said it best when he tweeted this, “social media is training us to compare our lives, instead of appreciating everything we are… no wonder everyone is always depressed.” Add this to the fact that Millennials are the first generation to earn less money than their parents did at their age, and we have a recipe for disaster.
The full report can be downloaded from the Health Foundation here.
Chronic Condition Carousel
To further complicate things for those brave enough to call themselves Millennials, a study from Kings College London found that this lonely group is at twice the risk of developing mental-health problems like depression and anxiety compared with those who feel more connected to others. Furthermore, Millennials are more likely to experience chronic loneliness than any other age group. Chronic loneliness (as its been named) is the pervasive sense of isolation that some people feel even if they are surrounded by people and seem otherwise happy.
But what about everyone else? Do the rest of us only see rainbows and butterflies? Clearly not. Stress, anxiety, depression and (importantly) loneliness affects millions of people of all ages. According to an article recently published by the Guardian, about 20% of us are lonely often or all the time. Really… all the time? Some reports have even stated that up to 50% of us feel “utterly alone.”
Ok, so let’s talk solutions. Can we just shove a bunch of random lonely people into a room together and ask them to chat amongst themselves? No, because being alone is different than feeling alone. Is there a “Loneliness for Dummies” book we can pick up? I ask because we now live in a self-help culture where we feel like we can meditate ourselves out of loneliness by being more mindful, or pick ourselves up by going for a run and a yoga class. And these are all great ideas, but typically not enough. We need intimate connections with real friends during face-to-face interactions.
Check out Huff Post’s tips to overcome loneliness here.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
From Day 1, it was my mission to use Remedy Hike as a way to bring people together in person to create a real sense of connectedness. Community is at our core and will always remain our number one priority. The workshops are informative, the hikes are breathtakingly beautiful, but the conversations and connections are the lasting moments we share. I’ve often told the story of several of our hikers setting out on various workshops as complete strangers and ending up in a hugging embrace at the end of 90 minutes. It’s not uncommon. I’ve met and become close friends with several of these so-called “previous strangers.”
Finally, and at long last, we have scheduled some of our upcoming workshops for the summer. We are kicking off the season with our newest partner Harmony Yoga to bring you weekly outdoor workshops on Vancouver Island. Please check out www.remedyhike.com/workshops for further details.
It’s important to end this blog post with a universal message to everyone that has taken the time to read this far… never hesitate to reach out to me (or our team) via text, email, phone call, etc. if you have any questions, want to learn about our workshops, or simply want to chat about life.
Hope to chat in person at our next workshop on July 2nd.
Friday Fun Fact:
Counter to the stereotype that millennials are self-centered, they arguably represent the most charitable generation as 84% make annual donations and 70% volunteer their time and talent to the causes they care most about.