The millennial generation has been criticized for many things. They take too many selfies, for example, they still live at home with their parents, and they’re not as interested in having children but they’re in more committed relationships than previous generations. The millennial generation is paving the way in more ways than one. One of the ways the millennial generation is standing out from previous generations, like the baby boomers, is because millennials are taking better care of themselves than any other generation has before. While self-care for millennials might be the evolution of their self-obsession, research is finding that more millennials put down their phones and get into something healing than anyone else.
The Pew Research Center reported in 2015 that more millennials were “making personal improvement commitments than any generation before them,” according to NPR. “They spend twice as much as boomers on self-care essentials such as workout regimens, diet plans, life coaching, therapy and apps to improve their personal well-being.”
Millennials have been at the forefront of the opioid epidemic and have been one of the largest populations of people entering treatment for mental health, drug addiction, and alcoholism. Throughout the internet, millennials are writing openly about their experiences with mental health, pioneering the way towards normalization in order to reduce stigma. From eating disorders to anxiety, depression to addiction, millennials are caring themselves into public advocacy.
Some professionals go so far as to call self-care among millennials a revolution. Each generation speaks for something and it’s quite possible millennials will be the ones to manifest “Be the change you want to see in the world”. Everyone needs to be taken care of mentally, physically, and spiritually. Millennials are normalizing what it means to be human.
Self-care is a term frequently used in recovery from mental health and addiction. It’s a broad term that refers to the various tools and techniques one puts together to take care of themselves. Anything from exercising to meditating, spa rituals to cooking, can be part of self-care. They’re the activities which help us get grounded, take care of ourselves, and nurture our needs.
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