Meditation has certainly grown in prominence and popularity over the past few years, but there’s one demographic in particular that appears to be embracing mindfulness meditation for its curative attributes – namely, millennials.
In fact, an estimated 42% of millennials have meditated at least once in the past year, and many researchers and doctors believe that this is largely due to stress.
The American Psychological Association reports that millennials are the most stressed out generation in recent history, due to a tricky job market, high expectations, and a life that is cemented in technology.
Millennials multitask more than any other generation, and these constant distractions can easily boost stress levels.
So why are millennials hooked on mindfulness meditation? There are a number of reasons why this younger generation is continually helping to make meditation mainstream.
Goals and Productivity
Millennials are just getting started on their career paths, and meditation has been shown to boost creativity, and improve clarity on the next steps for a happy and healthy life.
In fact, a recent study by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre found just eight weeks of daily meditating led to a better ability to identify specific life goals, as well as identify concrete plans to achieve them.
A recent report showed that millennials have an average of 5.4 out of 10 on the stress scale, with 3.6 being considered a healthy level.
But just 30 minutes of meditation a day can help ease stress across the board, which is a primary reason why so many millennials turn to meditation, to begin with.
A Natural Remedy
With constant news stories about the dangers of prescription medication – dangers that can range from overuse and dependency to dangerous side effects – it’s no wonder that people would prefer a natural remedy for stress, pain and other common conditions.
This is where mindfulness meditation helps instrumentally, as the practice can assist with everything from chronic pain, to headaches, depression and anxiety.
It can be very easy for millennials to feel disconnected with the rest of the world. Social media isn’t always so social, and a reliance on technology can often make us feel out of touch with people on a one-on-one level.
Meditation, however, not only gives us a break from these constant distractions, but it also increases our compassion and ability to relate to others – a skill which can get lost when we’re constantly connected in other ways.
Millennials have a lot to worry about. Student loans, relationships, heavy workloads, and constant stress are all common complaints among this younger generation, and rightfully so.
As a result, it can be hard to find long-term happiness among the white noise and over-stuffed schedules, but mindfulness meditation allows us to take a break, relax and find happiness in the present moment, as well as the weeks, months and years to come.
And this addictive but completely side-effect free feeling of happiness is what keeps people of all generations turning to mindfulness meditation again and again as a way to better embrace and savor the everyday joys of life.