Are you part of the most stressed generation ever?

Kim Hookem-Smith
Yahoo Lifestyle
8 February 2013

Young adults between the ages of 18 and 33, dubbed ‘millennials’, are the most likely people in society to be stressed out, according to new research.

A mixture of the economic troubles, combined with high expectations for what we should achieve has left young adults, and women in particular, more prone to stress than another other generation.

Women also appear to struggle with managing stress levels themselves and seem less willing to ask for help.

The research on behalf of the American Psychological Association polled more than 2,000 US adults, finding that money was the biggest cause of stress.

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Almost 70 per cent admitted finances were their biggest concern, with their job and the economy coming in second and third in the stress stakes. After this, 56 per cent rated relationship worries as their biggest stress.

“Millennials are growing up at a tough time,” explained Mike Hais, a market researcher who has co-authored two books on this generation.

He told USA today: “They were sheltered in many ways, with a lot of high expectations for what they should achieve. Individual failure is difficult to accept when confronted with a sense you’re an important person and expected to achieve.

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"In most instances, it’s not their fault — the economy collapsed just as many of them were getting out of college and coming of age — that does lead to a greater sense of stress.”

Busy twenty-somethings regularly talk about being busy and stressed thanks to hectic work and social schedules, but real stress is a serious issue.

The report warned that: “If untreated, consistently high stress could become a chronic condition, which can result in serious health problems including anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system. Research shows that stress can even contribute to the development of major illnesses, such as heart disease, depression and obesity, or exacerbate existing illnesses.”

Stress is unavoidable in modern life, but it can be managed. Here are five easy ways to keep your stress levels in check.

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