When my son started earning his own money, the first things he considered are having a year membership in the gym, enrolling in a surfing class, and buying health insurance. Yes, he is a typical millennial who is very conscious about health. As a matter of fact, he doesn’t eat unhealthy stuff and is very much into all these “natural” products, which he kind of influenced me in a way. But despite the healthy lifestyle, he is so obsessed following; I see how easily stressed he gets.
Based on the study conducted by the American Association of Psychology, millennials turned out to be the most stressed generations. Yet, they are the ones who always want to be in the gym and try to find every means to live healthily. They are so much into following tips from social media influencers, health tracker devices and apps, and those who call themselves health “gurus” online.
Health is not just about keeping the body in shape but maintaining mental wellness as well.
Stress can be from issues on finances, work, and relationship. Sometimes, the fascination with staying fit itself could cause anxiety. Trying to do every bit of everything can be tiring and frustrating, especially if you don’t reach the goal you are striving for.
Very Much Connected Yet Disconnected
Millennials are the generations who are very well connected, thanks to technology. They are just everywhere on the web, from Facebook, Tweeter, Instagram, and any social media platform they can get into. Through these platforms, they can easily connect with people from all around the world who share the same interests as them. They got friends, coaches, and supports who they find online.
They stay in front of their computers most of the time, chatting with their online friends. That hinders their chance to socialize in the real world with real people. Whenever they go out to parties or social gatherings, they don’t know how to approach a stranger. They find it hard to connect for they are not used to face-to-face encounter.
Healthy Living Obsession Is Actually Unhealthy
They do the same approach when it comes to health issues. They wanted to be healthy, showing off and obsessing about ways on how to live a healthy lifestyle. But they never actually visited a real doctor for checkups. When they feel something strange in their body, or they feel pain, they would immediately consult WebMD or Mayo Clinic, read forums, ask online friends, read blogs, then they will make self-diagnosis and browse self-help materials. They will seek support groups online, watch people on YouTube who experienced the same thing and follow their advice.
Some would go into natural remedies, yoga, meditation, naturopathic, and more. Others would change diet, go vegan, keto, gluten-free, Paleo, or whatever else is being advised, believing that going into all this natural stuff will heal them. Well, maybe for some cases, but not always. Actually, what they are failing to realize is that making self-diagnosis is more dangerous as many illnesses manifest the same symptoms.
Technology And Health
Millennials would download apps and trackers to remind them that they need to run and do exercise, alarm them when their blood pressure and heart rate is changing, or if they are snoring at night, or gaining weight. That is a good thing. But they should also consider seeing a doctor when something feels off.
Everybody wants to be healthy for we all believe that quality life will bring us more happiness and enjoyment in life. Millennials are way ahead in using health technology to maintain a healthy lifestyle than the generations before them. Though these technologies are a great help, it’s not enough to rely on them, seek online advice, or browse medical sites to get yourself diagnosed and treated by following the advice of online health gurus.
Seeing a medical doctor, who spent years of studying diseases, signs, symptoms, and treatment, in person is very important before taking medicines or other options to treat yourself. Online health sites should just serve as a reference, but not enough to give yourself the diagnosis because different conditions can manifest the same signs. People who shared videos and experiences just want others to be aware of what they’ve gone through, and their tips should be followed after your primary doctor confirmed you’re suffering the same illness. They probably would just want to motivate others who might be experiencing the same pain and misery.
Each of us is unique and can have unique experiences when it comes to health issues. Being conscious and concerned about your health is great. But being so obsessed about it could cause you more trouble than benefits.
We all want to take the path to a healthier life, but the matter should be dealt the proper way.