Among Gen Z, Improved Mental Health is the #1 ResolutionHeidi Trow
While many of the difficulties faced today were just as challenging for our grandparents and great-grandparents, mental health concerns like depression and anxiety are on the rise. Previous generations may have swept mental issues under the rug, or told one another to “get over it,” but today’s adult is taking control of their mental health and making inner peace a priority for 2023. As many older Americans are jotting down traditional new year’s resolutions of getting in shape or getting a new job, Gen Z is making improved mental health the resolution of choice for the new year.
Forbes Finds a Trend in Gen Z New Year’s Resolutions
Just a few weeks ago, Forbes published the results of a survey measuring new year’s resolutions and health among over 1000 adults. The survey found that about 45% of respondents cited mental health improvement as a top priority. When dividing the respondents by age group, it was found that half of Gen Z placed mental health above the usual health categories of weight loss and dietary resolutions. As more cases of mental illness are being reported, this generation is focusing on peace and mental well-being heading into the new year.
Depression and Anxiety Trends Worldwide
In the last three to five years, the occurrence of anxiety worldwide rose by about 25% in both men in women. Depression increased by almost 30%. In addition to stressors like relationships or financial strain, the pandemic contributed tremendously to this increase. Young adults are being diagnosed with anxiety and depression at higher rates than older members of the population. Why? They are more affected by educational disruptions, are more likely to lose their jobs, and are more prone to the effects of social isolation.
Gen Z is changing the stigma by being more transparent and willing to talk about mental health than previous generations. They have been raised in an age of social media and the internet, so personal stories have always been easily available. This demographic also has the ability to share their own stories and struggles at a moment’s notice. Notably, they also have more resources than previous generations. Apps, forums, help groups, and more are easily available with just a little research and minimal effort.
Make Your Mental Health a Priority in 2023
Whether you’re a member of Gen Z or not, there are many things a person can do to shore up their mental health in the new year. We recommend:
- Being positive and gracious for the things you have. Research has cataloged countless benefits to a grateful state of mind.
- Focusing on your physical wellness helps to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms.
- Finding purpose and growing in that purpose can help with a sense of self-esteem. This little step reminds you that the world needs and appreciates you.
All of these skills can promote the development of coping skills, which give you the confidence to reach out and connect with others.
For those that need a little help with coping and connecting, start your 2023 with a call to R&A Therapeutic Partners. With over 40 years of combined experience, we are ready to compassionately help those suffering from mental illness and substance abuse issues. We are here to serve individuals and families with ethical, honest, and top-tier support. Please reach out today.
At R&A Therapeutic Partners Raymond Estefania and Ana Moreno specialize in substance use and mental health disorder evaluations, treatment, intervention and therapeutic/educational consulting for clients throughout the greater South Florida area, as well as nationally and internationally. For more resources and information please visit Therapeutic-Partners.com or on Facebook.