Millennials, or those born between 1982 and 2000, are the largest generation in the US, making up over a quarter of the population. So, I think it’s reasonable to assume that, even those of us that are not millennials, either love a millennial or are at least influenced by the millennials around us. And, as a millennial myself, I know that, with the pace of life in the modern world and the numerous stressors that surround us, it is difficult to use the precious few moments we have to ourselves to tend to our well-being. Instead, it is tempting to simply ignore the stresses of life and lose ourselves in the delights of digital culture (social media, YouTube, popular culture articles, etc.). Although this can provide some temporary relief–and in many instances that can be just what we need–often this only exacerbates our stress, as we soon have to face those same stressors as before without having prepared ourselves for them.
In this blog I will attempt to combine the joys of digital and popular culture with some of the insight I’ve gained in my ten years of experience studying and working in the mental health industry. I will use references to movies, TV shows, music, and social-media phenomena to help us better understand each other, learn to navigate relationships, handle difficult situations, and just feel OK with ourselves. And, perhaps most importantly, I will try to be brief, providing valuable advice in easily manageable posts. These posts are not meant as a replacement for personal counseling, but I hope that this blog helps reduce some of the everyday stress and brighten your day, even if only a little.