Perhaps the most common lament to come out of a millennial’s mouth is a half-brag, half-whine about how busy and stressed they are. I am no exception to this, and have been caught red-handed by many friends for bemoaning my insane schedule. However, while it probably does hold the telltale signs of a subtle-brag, the stress that comes with the grueling hours of work millennials are subject to is rather real.
The millennial generation, of between 18 – 33 years of age, suffer the highest levels of stress in the nation, as suggested by the American Psychological Association. While the longstanding solution is probably a night of knocking back shots and complaining about either your professor or your boss to your circle of friends, perhaps it may be time to switch to more wholesome habits. Therapeutical hobbies are taking the world by storm, giving many not only an activity to either bond with people, but also as a way of spending some alone or “me” time on the weekends. While adult coloring was a huge trend in the past years, these therapeutic hobbies have since upgraded – you may have to now attend classes or workshops, but rest-assured – there are options in which you are either left alone or guided minimally in a private setting.
If you enjoy creating unique items and if you like to think you possess a keen eye and inclination for aesthetics, you can try your hand at soap-making. If you are thinking of those boring blocks of white wrapped in a ribbon that you may have picked up at a DIY fair when you were younger, think again. Soaping is now an art form, with small works of art locked in a waxy block of functional soap. There is apparently something peaceful about heating blocks of lye, mixing up a bouquet of essential oils, then delicately running a wooden stick through colored dyes to create a swirl akin to the night sky. Studios often are able to either teach you one of their own designs, or leave you free to create your own masterpiece after a basic tutorial. With the recent trend of ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) soap-cutting videos as well, a class on soaping can help destress you not only by letting you channel your energies into crafting something beautiful, but also soothe your senses via smell and sound. And hey, if that does not work, you get wonderful photos and bragging rights of “I made this myself” for the ‘gram.
Tired of boutique scents readily available in the nearest Sephora? Want something special for people to remember you by? Perfume studios are popping up all over town recently, with a spike in many customers wanting to create their own unique scents for personal use. Making your own perfume by blending essential oils into an alcohol base can be rather soothing given that it stems from aromatherapy, a commonly used calming therapy technique. The studio will usually have bottles upon bottles of sample oils for you to sniff as you take your time and pick out the best few to mix up. While you will be advised on which oils are dominant and which are more gentle, the ratio at which you mix them will be up to you ultimately. The result is your very own EDT that is packaged in a glass bottle of your choosing and you will be able to name your perfume to be handwritten or printed out on a label.
- Art Jamming
A step up from adult coloring, art jamming usually takes place in select art cafes, where you may enjoy a cuppa while letting your creative juices flow into the canvas. Usually held unguided or with a tutor present just in case you get stuck, art jamming sessions are the best for creative souls that more or less have a picture in mind, even if they do not have the necessary skills or techniques to accompany it. It is a session not with the goal of learning in mind, but more for one to destress and be free in painting and expression, transferring onto the canvas whatever they desire. Pots of paint, brushes, canvas as well as aprons will be provided usually and they are often held in private studios or a sectioned off, quieter area of a cafe for you to be undisturbed in your art.
The millennial era is one that is often tricky to navigate, as we toe the balance between success and health. While staying driven and focused on your career is all good and jolly, mental health is often overlooked as we brush off signs of stress as indicators of a busy and successful life. Indulge in these moments or hobbies for the
The millennial era is one that is often tricky to navigate, as we toe the balance between success and health. While staying driven and focused on your career is all good and jolly, mental health is often overlooked as we brush off signs of stress as indicators of a busy and successful life. Indulge in these moments or hobbies for the weekend or even just for a few hours every other week or so and we guarantee that you will be more rested and better equipped to get back to work on those dreaded Mondays.