4-5 Reasons Why Millennials Are Depressed

Hi there, and welcome back to my website “Slaying Your Depression”. My name is Nathan, today I’m going to be going over reasons why millennials are depressed. Hopefully this will give some insight to people trying to get a perception why Millennials are depressed. Being a millennial myself I can definitely say the struggle has been real absolutely. I can see why many millennials end up with depression and seeking help, we are literally a generation screaming out for help, but no one is listening, like the boy who cried wolf. It is my mission to send light in this dark world, to educate who are willing to seek out the truth, be a role model for all people who are accepting their depression and make them realize that its not just them who is dealing with this battle.

Money

Of course I would top this one on top of my list. Being a millennial we are broke, the cost of living has increased significantly, while the wages hasn’t seen the same inflation. Cost of food has gone up, being from Toronto, rent is absolutely out of this world high, we have student/ unsecured debt. Us as a generation we are doing everything we can to just try to survive especially for us that had to work for everything in their lives. We are working even harder to earn a dollar; having a main hustle and a side hustle. We are exhausted, frustrated, mad, sad, anxious- Can you see why money would be a contributor to depression among millennials?

Ever since my early 20’s I have felt depression because I felt like I’m falling behind for my future, I know for a fact ill be taking care of my mom when she becomes an elder, not having money to put away for a rainy day/ emergency funds. These things stress a person out and it creates a vicious circle that will eventually damage our spirits and put us in the dark place aka depression. I have felt these emotions and feelings for a long time because of money. The one thing I will say, is that we are persistent and we won’t stop fighting for what we deserve in our lives. To the millennials, never give up on your dreams, and to hustle hard to get those dreams and aspirations. To the other generations, I thank you for trying to understand what can stress and depress a millennial, lets keep going and ill explain more.

Money

Events Around The World

With the political and economic climate around the world so volatile, this is definitely a reason why I feel depression myself. Yesterday an attack happened on a Mosque in New Zealand- 49 killed. Makes me wonder what is to become of this world? why is there a rise in nationalism? Why is there so much hatred and racism? Extremism? Its hearing stories that covered on subjects like mass shootings- killing of innocents that makes me lose faith in humanity. If its not nationalists that are terrorizing immigrants and people of colour, its other extremists that are terrorizing the rest of the us. It sounds like a war that can’t be beaten, because of ignorance and difference of perception.

Events around the world

Climate Change is another one of those ongoing events around the world that could contribute to a millennials depression. Our world is falling apart, animals are going extinct, the polar ice caps are melting with the earth heating up more, there is a ridiculous amount of pollution on land, in our oceans and water. Yet majority of this world is in denial, or has yet to make a difference. There was a march of children and adults that walked out of there work and schooling today to make a point that we have to start caring about the environment and actually give a crap about climate change.

Government and Government Officials- yet another thing around the world that could affect a millennials emotional well-being. Ever since my province here in Canada has voted in a conservative government. The amount of protesting I have seen because of a program being cut, altered, or giving no-viable options has increased. With what is happening down in the United States, the political divide; is starting to trickle here into Canada as well. Not Canada alone, but across the world. I don’t mean to get political or intend to change your ideology, I’m just trying to give a perception what could contribute to depression to a millennial. These are real things that we stress about, including myself.

Events around the world government

I think this subject can be felt across all generations not just millennials alone; WAR! For many centuries, we as the human race have been in constant wars since the beginning of time. There was always a reason for our species to be at each others throats. Power, Difference in beliefs, a misunderstanding, or because of extremism like genocide of the Jewish faith as an example (Hitler’s Germany). I’ve seen many wars being fought from every level on this planet, on the playground, in the halls of high school, in the work environment, on the streets. We are destructive sentient lifeforms in this universe. Which is hard to watch, spread the love not hatred. Seeing this all this constant fighting has contributed to my own depression as a millennial, because as much as I want to help people, there are people on this earth who is doing the complete opposite. I firmly believe that war and government correspond with each other, it is after all their choices that have an impact on events in this world, right?

Events around the world war

Obtaining Experience/Job In Chosen Career Path

I feel like this is the most frustrating thing a millennial will go through. I can name the countless times trying to get experience for my hospitality background, but I lacked the qualifications needs to obtain a job. Being from Alberta with essentially only chain restaurants and not having any experience in Toronto restaurants didn’t help either. We are put into this vicious circle of trying to get experience to get a better job and being denied many times because the older generation refuses to retire to make room for fresh new talent or because the standard is raised even higher than 10 years ago.

On top of that, not only is it hard to gain experience, but our pay suffers too, making us feel worth less than what we worked our asses off for. I almost think of it as modern slavery. If I was going to give anyone any piece of advice, is remained persistent and keep aiming for the stars and follow your dreams. Just because something doesn’t come right away to you doesn’t mean it won’t in the future. Be patient and things will fall into place. You will get that job, you will gain experience and knowledge regardless where you are at in life or in your career. Keep your chin up millenials if you are one!

Obtaining exp/job in career field

Post Secondary Education

University and College is just one of things that stresses any individual out, but for millenials if been pretty rough for us. Cost of schooling has increased, getting a job or 2 jobs just to feed yourself and pay your bills, eating unhealthy because your poor, substance and alcohol use, sexual assault, and staying up late to cram or study for that big exam.

Just describing those alone brings back memories for me and I can honestly say, fearing of the unknown definitely made me depressed, there would be days I wouldn’t even want to get out of bed to go to one of my classes because the stress of school literally got to me, I was also taking a nursing program which quite a lot of pressure as well. Got to know your stuff. Which eventually lead me to quitting my program, and on top of that I was emotionally compromised because of me being very sensitive and empathetic.

Any person that is going through school, please remember that there is an end goal, and it won’t last for long, if you’re not in your freshman year. Dropping out is never the answer, finish what you started. Even if you have the darkest of days! You Matter!

Post Secondary Education

Conclusion

Being a millennial sucks, but being a depressed millennial sucks even more. I hope this gives you some insight what could be depressing a millennial you may know. I want to thank you for reading my content and I will finish by saying! You Matter, You are loved and its never too late to seek out help out for yourself. I also wanted to add, another reason why millennials are potentially depressed is because the home market is extremely hot making it next to impossible to attain a home, especially in the bigger cities like Toronto or Vancouver. Its like you have to sell your kidney and legs to get a permanent home nowadays! Anyways finishing up! Take care and another content release soon in the future!

Yours Truly,

Nathan

nathan@slayyourdepression.com

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Alternative Depression Treatments That Work!

Hello there. Welcome back to my website “Slay Your Depression”. My name is Nathan. Today I’m going to be talking about alternative depression treatments that could potentially aid you in Slaying Your Depression.

As most of us know or could agree. Everyday life is affecting our mental state. We are not dealing with our mental illnesses effectively. I want to share some alternative depression treatments that aided me in slaying my own depression and developing more healthy coping mechanisms.

I want to help you slay yours; because everyone deserves to live a happy and fulfilled life. This is 2019 and we need to break the stigma behind mental illness; start dealing with our mental health. The body can’t live without the mind, and when the mind is sick, the body gets sick- mental health is just as important as physical health. Let’s get the Cortisol stress levels down and get ourselves grounded!

Alternative Depression Treatments

Get Out Into Nature, Get Grounded!

One of those remedies that doesn’t cost a single cent. Simply just getting outside, going for walk in a park with trees to see, smell of grass, feeling the sunlight hit you skin, it’s all about building that connection with nature. What do you hear? What do you feel? What do you see? What do you smell? Essentially giving your senses a taste of nature haha- figuratively speaking. When I was slaying my own depression, connecting with nature is just one of those things that I found helped.

When I was living in Alberta, Canada my favourite was going to the mountains, and getting myself grounded back onto this beautiful place we call Earth. Like seeing the force of Athabasca Falls, feeling the mist hit you face; Such Power! Smelling of trees, flowers and vegetation in season. Seeing Wildlife! One of my favorite Alternative Depression Treatments to do still to this day, give me a Spotify playlist of great music and get lost in nature, experience- feel!

Since moving to Toronto 3 years ago, I don’t get to enjoy the mountains as much, however you just got to find what’s around you, and utilize that. I love hitting up the beaches and going on adventures outside the city as an example. If you don’t have such a luxury, start with parks and beaches, simply just being outside! You got this! I believe in you!

Get out into nature, get grounded

 

De-Cluttering and Organizing Your Surroundings

It wasn’t up until recent that I realized that your surroundings could have effect your mental health. I myself live in a 2 bedroom with a wonderful roommate in downtown Toronto, so definitely not a lot of space, and privacy however; it’s somewhere to lay my head and be grateful I have something over my head. What I couldn’t believe is how much stuff that wasn’t serving a purpose to me anymore, I was still keeping! It was mind boggling for me, it was no wonder I was feeling some emotions with our apartment because of the clutter.

When I de-cluttered and organized my own room, I felt a bit disappointed in myself because I was finding important documents and papers everywhere, I held onto things that no longer served a purpose, and clothes that no longer fit me, were not acceptable to wear because of my age or because they were frayed.

Despite feeling that disappointment, when I reached the end goal of organizing and de-cluttering my room, that feel of relief and negative emotionals feeling like they just disappeared. Just feeling good about doing something to your every day environment, raises you mood. Its hard work, but it’s one of the greatest alternative depression treatment I would recommend to ANYONE! Hands Down! Thank what served you a purpose at some point of you life and carry on!

I would with upmost recommend doing this to you surroundings.
Cut the excess!

Decluttering and Organzing Your Surrounding

Personal Development, Work On Yourself!

One thing I found that kept me in such a slump of depression, was not working on myself. Sending out to the universe that things would magically happen. Let’s face it– nobody got anywhere without putting in hard work. Depending on your hopes and dreams isn’t enough alone. There has to be work done on yourself to reach you dreams and aspirations.

When I got out on my own, I think most of us can agree it was never easy to learn to be an adult. Finding a career path we want to take and pursue, going to school, or learning to just be an adult like Laundry and Dishes, because we don’t have the comfort of our parents anymore, we got to expand and learn to take care of ourselves now. I’ve always strongly believed that educating ourselves for whatever the subject matter is fundamental, but learning how to apply it to your life is just as crucial. You can be book smart but you got to be life smart as well which means working on taking action as well. A big helper in getting my life more in order.

For a good portion of my life, I can honestly say- I felt stuck. Felt like I was wandering this world aimlessly and not sure of my future. I was also facing some huge adversities such a drug addiction, alcohol abuse, financial issues, and relationship issues. It wasn’t till I moved to Toronto– took a leap of faith to better myself, I realized that I needed to work on myself big time! Essentially it was my wake up call to do more for myself to keep learning about my field, my craft, and myself. Now here I am, writing this to you– Sharing my story! So always remember to work on yourself, you can work hard in any aspect of you life, but the main thing to remember is always work on yourself, to quote Severus Snape from Harry Potter “Always”

Personal Developement, Work On Yourself

Meditation, Uhhmmmmmm! Namaste!

Uhhhmmmmmm! Yes you heard correctly, Meditation has been known to help aid people who suffer with depression! The point of meditating is to focus on your breathing and purging the bad thoughts that stress us out. Also, to connect with ourselves and become conscious of our thoughts and learning to manage them.

One simple exercise I do, is simply sitting there, letting go the tension within you body–essentially going limp, deep breathing and focusing on breathing in and out. Simply doing so for 20-40 minutes is so beneficial and so damn refreshing. Every time I mediate, I finish with a smile on face. Because the worrisome thoughts are just a little less painful. So I encourage anyone to try meditation as an alternative depression treatment. You’ll definitely see a difference in you mood and overall feeling.

I think it’s safe to say that this technique for depression treatment has been used for years to purge certain feeling, thought and become more aware of ourselves– like Buddhist monks. There is nothing wrong with showing weakness and understanding you own weaknesses within ourselves. Give it a try! You’ll never know what you might find about yourself just by meditating. Namste!

Meditation-Uhhhmmmmm!

Conclusion

I hope these Alternative Depression Treatments, will give you aid in Slaying Your Depression! They’ve certainly worked for me and I want them to work for you as well! Time to be happy and fulfilled– because life is too short to not experience the best things in life. Slay Your Depression, Slay!

Thank you again for listening! As always, remember that you are loved, you matter and it’s never too late to seek the help out for yourself, and live the life you deserve! Feel free to comment or contact me directly!

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Yours Truly and Best Wishes,

Nathan

nathan@slayyourdepression.com

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Depression Among LGBTQ

Hello welcome back to Slay Your Depression, my name is Nathan and I’m going to be covering the topic of Depression Among LGBTQ. Depression is one of those mental illnesses that’s popping up not only with LGBTQ Adults but also Youth as well.

Being a CIS gay man myself I’ve definitely encountered the adversities of societies bigotry for being LGBTQ. I grew up in Northern Alberta, Canada- If I was to put Alberta into an analogy, it’s the Texas of Canada- Redneck, Suppressed, and good beef haha. So I think you have a basic idea what I was encountering when I was living there. High School was a nightmare, I was called gay, faggot, pretty much every worse word in the book for being LGBTQ, ironically enough I wasn’t even out of the closet at the time, because I wasn’t accepting of myself and I didn’t want to let my haters have the last laugh.

I even encountered prejudice and bigotry as an adult after I came out as well. I think you can take the assumption what builds up to having depression and being LGBTQ growing up.

Depression Among LGBTQ

What can Contribute to Depression Among LGBTQ?

Rejection Contributes to Depression Among LGBTQ

Rejection from Family and Friends can contribute to depression among LGBTQ. When family rejects a LGBTQ’s sexuality, it’s been highly reported that LGBTQ are more likely to become depressed, use drugs and alcohol, perform unprotected sex and suicide attempts. There are many variables why a LGBTQ might get rejected. I have nothing against religions, and I respect all beliefs, from an observer’s perspective, Religion is an example, most religions condemn homosexuality.

If you know someone who is coming out to you, support them, love them, cry with them; because this is the make or break, this is where the individual will choose to keep you in their lives or not, because LGBTQ have no tolerance for people who aren’t going to accept them for who they are, I cut those people out of my life right away.

I was so grateful to have my own mother accept me for who I was, she said to me “Nathan I don’t care if you’re gay, you’re my son I love you regardless who and what you are”, my father took a bit more time but he eventually pulled through, I guess the idea of having a gay son frightened him and being from an Old World Country it made sense why he wasn’t accepting at first.

Rejection contributes to depression among lgbtq

Hatred/Bigotry Contribute to Depression Among LGBTQ

There have been studies that a LGBTQ was likely to suffer from Depression when faced with stigma and discrimination. Remember what I mentioned above in my intro, I was called all the derogatory names for being a LGBTQ in High School, I was lucky enough not to encounter physical altercations being a structured man however, this is what it basically translates into. Experiencing Hate Crimes, like Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Death Threats, being treated like a second class citizen.

I can definitely say being treated like this, can definitely put a LGBTQ in a dark place. When you have the world attacking you for being who you are, I would be depressed too and I did experience depression because I was different. Basically this point speaks for itself, DON’T BE AN (INSERT WORD HERE), be kind, show compassion and be empathetic. Education is important to counteracting the hate and bigotry.

Hatred contributes to depression among lgbt

Abusive Relationships Contribute to Depression Among LGBTQ

I think this is something that anyone can encounter in their lifetime. I personally haven’t been in an abusive relationship myself, however I have had friends I met along the way in the LGBTQ community that were- in such horrible positions.

I used to hear of stories what their partner would say or do to them- beat them, emotionally put them down, spit on them. Every time I hear things like this one movie I compare it to is Sleeping With The Enemy with Julia Roberts. Making them feel so worthless that they stay with that partner, emotionally or physically hurting them because they did something that made their partner angry, and/or trying to escape from that person and not succeeding.

Feeling stuck essentially. Its pretty obvious why it could contribute to someone’s depression that’s part of the LGBTQ community or any community for that matter.

Abusive Relationships Contribute to Depression Among LGBTQ

Substance/Alcohol Abuse Contributes to Depression Among LGBTQ

I believe this is one of the biggest problems we as LGBTQ people encounter a lot of the time. I have other LGBTQ friends who are dealing with their substance abuse and alcoholism. Not sure if it’s a cultural thing or happens because we go through many adversities.

I have a friend who is going through rehabilitation and suffers from a neurological disorder as well, he was telling me that with being a recovering addict and being sufferer of a certain disease that it’s been extremely difficult to cope. Can’t say I don’t blame him, I’m a recovering narcotic and cocaine addict myself and suffer with a neurological condition as well. Some days I just want to call up somebody and get a couple grams and snort a big dirty rail, but in the end, I think to myself “Is it really worth it to waste 2 years of sobriety?”. Of course, I don’t do it, because I want to see better for myself, I don’t want to be letting down the people in my life.

The first step for this particular subject understanding that you have a problem, after that it’s up to you if you want to kick the “habit” or not.

Substance/Alcohol Abuse Contributes to Depression Among LGBTQ

Conclusion

There can be many other contributors to Depression Among LGBTQ but these are some things that put me in a very depressing state throughout my early adulthood and being a LGBTQ man myself.

Learn to recognize the problems within your life, talk to someone you can trust and them being unbiased, and look for ways to get yourself back to where you were. Always remember that you’re loved, you matter and if you’re suffering, it’s never too late to seek out help for yourself. Thanks for listening to my story and hopefully gives some perspective.

Depression Among LGBTQ

Yours Truly,

Nathan

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