How Millennials are redefining Burn-Out

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Last year, a viral publication sparked a conversation around millennial burnout. The BuzzFeed article titled “How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation” explores the idea that this generation is faced with systemic challenges, that weighs on them and impacts negatively their overall quality of life.

In her article, Anne Helen Petersen links millennial burnout to the many pressures our generation lives with daily. She specifically refers to the social, technological and economical pressures that affect millennials. It isn’t necessarily that our generation isn’t satisfied with its society, but challenged by a feeling that they have no social and economic stability. The omnipresence of technology contributes to anxiety (always being on and reachable) the and a drop of stimulation (because everting is always accessible). Overall it usually presents as exhaustion but can also, in some cases lead to other symptoms such as anxiety and insomnia.

But as many specialist, including psychoanalyst Josh Cohen, have found, most (if not every) generation experiences their version of this burn-out, from medieval to 19th century societies.
Therefore, there’s hope and just like previous generations, it is likely that Millennials are simply in a transition period where they are trying to adjust to a society shaped by previous’ generations realities.

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