From growing up with divorced parents to being exposed to a range of influences, Millennials and Gen Zers have very different expectations from life than previous generations. This has resulted in a wellness revolution: the wellness industry is no longer just about yoga and meditation, but also focuses on mental health, healthy eating and living in the moment. This post is dedicated to discussing how millennials and gen z can achieve their wellness goals as well as giving some tips for how you can get started!
Wellness is different now than it was for our parents.
Wellness is a moving target. It can be hard to know how to get started on a wellness journey, and it's even harder to know where you're going. To be clear: there is no single way to achieve wellness, no one-size-fits-all approach. You have to take into account your own personal life circumstances and preferences, as well as those of your significant others (if that's where you're at ).
In order to do this, it's helpful if we understand what wellness means for each generation at large. As generations age and change over time, so does their definition of wellness.
Tech is an ever-changing part of wellness.
Technology is an ever-changing part of wellness. It’s a big part of how we work, play and live. The way we use technology has changed drastically over the last decade and it will continue to do so.
One aspect of technology that has changed is how we track our fitness. Now you don't you have to go to a gym or find someone who can show you the correct workout techniques—they got an app for that! You can download an app on your phone or tablet, set up an account, then start tracking your progress with personalized workouts tailored specifically for YOU based on your goals and current level of fitness!
Another aspect of tech that is changing our lives is mental health tracking apps such as Headspace or Calm (both offer free trials-not an ad). These apps help users track their moods throughout the day so that they can identify when things aren't going well before they spiral out of control into something more serious like depression or anxiety attacks which could result in hospitalization if left untreated long enough due to lack of self-awareness by one's own situation."
Wellness doesn't mean embracing trends or buying gadgets.
If you’re a millennial or Gen Z, wellness might not be a word that you hear very often. Wellness has developed its own meaning in the past 10 years and it has become synonymous with diets, exercise regimes and fancy gadgets. However, wellness is much more than this. It’s about being healthy in all areas of your life by choosing to live well rather than just eat well or exercise regularly.
It's also important to note that wellness isn't just a trend that will go away like all other fads before it. While some people may think that wellness is about buying gadgets or following certain trends in dieting - this isn't true at all!
Wellness is an attitude; it's about taking care of yourself first before taking care of others around you. To put it simply: if we don't look after ourselves then who will?
Wellness right now means having a healthy relationship with technology.
Wellness right now means having a healthy relationship with technology. Technology is a good thing, but it can also be bad.
Use your phone to bring in joy to your life, and not blocking it from entering it. Don’t let it take over your life and make you feel like you don't have time to do the things that are important to you because of how much time you spend on Instagram or Twitter, TikTok or whatever else (you know what I'm talking about).
Don't let technology keep you from getting things done. For example, I am writing this article on my computer while my laptop sits next to me unopened as I write this sentence in Wordpad because Wordpad has no spell-checker and I don't want to stop writing long enough to open up another program just so that I can correct all the stupid mistakes I've made thus far in the process of writing this article!
Wellness right now means having a healthy relationship with money.
Wellness right now means having a healthy relationship with money.
Money is an important part of wellness because it is something we can control. You could also say that money is a tool for wellness in many ways, as it can be used to improve our lives and help others along the way. When you have more awareness and consciousness around your financial mindset, you’re able to create more abundance in your life and community by being effective with your finances.
Wellness right now means having a healthy relationship with self care.
Wellness right now means having a healthy relationship with self care. It's about taking time for yourself, caring for your mental health, physical health and emotional health. Self care can be something as simple as taking a moment to breathe deeply when you're feeling stressed or anxious. This might sound easy enough but it isn't always easy to remember when life feels overwhelming or chaotic.
When busy schedules and endless obligations become overwhelming, it's important to prioritize self-care by making time for activities that nourish you mentally, physically and emotionally so that you stay balanced throughout your day-to-day life.
What can we take away from the millennials and gen z approach to wellness?
Be more mindful.
Be more present.
Be more aware of your emotions, and how they affect you physically and mentally, as well as spiritually (if you practice a religion).
We can take some of these lessons from making us more well rounded people who are better prepared for stress, relationships and change.
A lot of us have families who are generations removed from the experiences we’re going through, and our parents may not be able to relate. We can learn a lot from our elders, but they can only carry us so far in their wisdom.
To truly understand how to thrive in today’s world, we need to look beyond our immediate social circle and explore other life paths that have lead people down similar paths as ours.
The best way to do that is by reading books and watching documentaries about people who have overcome great challenges or changed their lives for the better.
In the end, what do we know about millennials and gen z? They are not a homogeneous group. Yes, they have certain things in common: they like new technology and social media, for example. But each generation is unique and complex--and so is wellness. We all need to find our own way to be happy and healthy. And maybe that just means embracing the world around us instead of trying so hard to escape it all!