Gen Z, Mental Health, and the Pursuit of Balance

In today's fast-paced world, stress, anxiety, and loneliness are on the rise. It is crucial to understand how the new generation copes with their mental health.

A new study by Gallup-WFF shows that Gen Z often feels more negative emotions compared to other generations. However, amidst the challenges, technology emerges as a beacon of hope, providing innovative solutions for the younger generation.

Using Technology as a Tool for Mental Wellness

One notable trend among Gen Z is their inclination towards digital wellness apps and mental health programs. Young people are more likely to use technology to complement traditional therapy, according to the Gallup-WFF study. This generation is open to trying new ways to support their well-being, like incorporating digital solutions alongside counseling.

However, it's essential to emphasize that these apps are not meant to replace professional counseling but to serve as supportive tools in the journey to mental well-being. Among the apps gaining popularity in this demographic are:

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BetterHelp: An online therapy service catering to individuals, couples, and teens.

Calm App: This app generates content designed to help manage stress and anxiety, improve sleep quality, and foster mindful living.

Spotify Guided Meditations: This feature on Spotify offers a collection of guided meditation sessions.

And the list goes on!

Challenging Hustle Culture with the “Lazy Girl Trend”

Gen Z challenges stereotypes with the "Lazy Girl Trend," showing a change in work priorities. Instead of succumbing to the pressures of hustle culture, young professionals are opting for well-paying, flexible jobs that prioritize a healthy work-life balance. This conscious decision is proving to be beneficial not only for their mental well-being but also for their professional growth.

Breaking the Stigma and Promoting Open Conversations

Moreover, Gen Z is actively working to break the stigma surrounding mental health. They are incorporating discussions on mental health in the workplace and promoting open conversations about seeking help. This generation is not only embracing technology for support but is also using it as a tool to contribute to the de-stigmatization of mental health issues.

Redefining Professional Development

Gen Z is rewriting the rules of professional development, focusing on acquiring hard skills through platforms like LinkedIn Learning. The emphasis is not only on career advancement but also on maintaining a balanced life. Now, young workers are securing an impressive 30% average raise in the past year. This shift demonstrates that achieving success doesn't have to come at the cost of one's mental health.

Prioritizing Self-care to Prevent Burnout

This generation recognizes the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance to prevent burnout. They are actively seeking strategies to set boundaries, prioritize self-care, and cultivate a sense of work-life integration.

A Generation Leading the Way

As we navigate the complexities of the modern world, it's inspiring to see Gen Z taking proactive steps to prioritize their mental well being. From embracing technology for support, to challenging traditional work norms and actively breaking the stigma around mental health, this generation is reshaping the conversation around well-being. By striking a balance between professional development and personal fulfillment, Gen Z is not just surviving but thriving in the face of mental health challenges. They are strong, flexible, and dedicated to making a better future for themselves and others.

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About the author:

Mariana Heyel, Communications Coordinator at Acenda, is a South Jersey native who ventured to the University of South Carolina for her undergraduate degree, where she studied Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management, with a Minor in Environmental Studies. With a passion for live music, traveling around the world, and the pursuit of knowledge, she embraces the importance of mental health in her life. In the words of Dolly Parton, "You'll never do a whole lot unless you're brave enough to try."