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With over 25 years of experience in the media industry at companies, such as Condé Nast, Lionsgate, CBS, Viacom, Discovery and Hasbro, Joanna Dodd Massey, Ph.D., MBA is an experienced C-level communications executive and Board Director. She has managed brand reputation, corporate turnaround, crisis communications and culture transformation. Currently, she serves as a consultant, who advises clients on communicating with Millennial and Gen Z employees, consumers, and investors. She is a corporate speaker and trainer, as well as author of the upcoming book, “Culture Shock: Surviving Five Generations in One Workplace” (in stores on May 19, 2020).
It’s widely known that stress negatively effects our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. From tension headaches, ulcers and sleep issues to depression, anxiety and suicide, stress can impact every areas of our lives. Young adults—which today are Millennials (born 1981-1996) and Gen Z (born 1997-2010)—are particularly prone to stress. Since 2020 is the year of clear vision, let’s take a real look at how it is impacting these two generations.
It is very important that as Millennials and Gen Z mature, they learn stress reduction techniques. Meditation, taking a week-long break from our social media, a daily spiritual practice, therapy and physical exercise are just a few ways to help reduce stress.
Stress causes physical illness, which causes people to miss work. When people are younger—especially if they work in the gig economy and are freelancers—they tend to live check-to-check. If they have to miss work, they will not be bringing home as much money and that is a strain on paying the monthly bills, which will cause more stress.
Chronic stress can lead to life-threatening problems, including (but not limited to) stroke, heart disease, cancer, severe depression, anxiety and suicidality.
Life can be hard. Things happen that are dramatic and traumatic that cause us pain and suffering. Nobody can escape this reality. In order to deal with life’s ups and downs, we make better decisions when we are calm and confident, as opposed to when we are anxious and agitated. The way we manage stress plays a big role in how we respond to the rollercoaster ride of life.