During the middle of the pandemic, many companies implemented voluntary or mandatory work-from-home policies. That means many of us dealt with an unusual challenge: working from home for the first time, full-time. Even if you have done it before, working from home due to coronavirus felt like a whole new world. Structure, routine, focus, socialisation, networking, stress relief—their creation was entirely up to you. Irrespective of the challenges, it was a new normal that everyone had to deal with.
In this situation, the young professionals struggled the most to get their work done. As per the survey, higher levels of anxiety and sleeplessness were reported by millennials rather than Baby boomers and Generation Xers. Also, 60% of millennials said they were more anxious during the lockdown than Generation Xers and Baby Boomers. Amid the crisis, millennials were sleeping and exercising less than older people. But, is it only the pandemic that made the lives of young professionals complex? The answer would be ‘No’. Many modern lifestyle unhealthy habits have affected young professionals drastically.
Today, millennials can’t think of living without smartphones and other gadgets. With the help of innovative inventions, there are convenient modes of transport that make their journey comfortable. They lead a sedentary lifestyle and don’t have the time to focus on their physical fitness and mental wellbeing. With modern technology, young professionals have become lazier as most of the facilities are available at the click of a button. In other words, technology is being over-exploited.
Lifestyle is an essential factor in health. Unhealthy behaviour can lead to metabolic diseases, joint and skeletal problems, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and obesity. Research has proven that a healthy lifestyle like appropriate diet, satisfactory physical fitness level and a healthy weight can provide multiple health benefits. In summary, for young professionals, the modern lifestyle affects their physical, psychological and social health. Hence, it is vital to understand the relationship and maintain the right balance.