The World Health Organization defines wellness as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.“
Millennials, who tend to value experiences over things, are more in tune with their bodies and how the body responds to the way they think, feel, and act. This “mind/body connection” is revealed when they are stressed, anxious, or upset, and results in how their body reacts and tells them that “something isn’t right”.
Poor emotional health can weaken the body’s immune system. This makes getting a cold and other infections during emotionally difficult times more likely. Also, stress contributes to a lack of attention to overall health. Your Millennial may not feel like exercising, eating nutritious foods, or taking medicine that their doctor prescribes. They may abuse alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.
The Millennial generation, born between 1980 and 2000, is tech savvy, entrepreneurial and educated.
- Millennials reject labels, and specifically the term “activist;”
- Millennials identify more as “conservative-leaning” than “liberal-leaning”;
- Millennials prefer creating change among family and friends, rather than large networks.
- Millennials have concern, not just for their physical health, but their total well being.
For many Millennials, maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to their lives and quality of life. Wellness matters. They feel their well-being directly affects their actions and emotions. It’s an ongoing circle. Therefore, it is important for them to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions.
It is important to pay attention to self-care, relaxation, stress reduction and the development of inner resources to learn and grow from experiences, but one of the biggest triggers is money. Financial Wellness involves the process of learning how to successfully manage financial expenses. Money may not appear to play a critical role in their lives, but not having enough of it impacts health as well as academic performance. Financial stress is repeatedly found to be a common source of stress, anxiety and fear for college students.
Physical wellness relates to maintaining a healthy body and seeking care when needed. Physical health is attained through exercise, eating well, getting enough sleep and paying attention to the signs of illness and getting help when needed.
Social wellness helps the Millennial perform social roles effectively and comfortably while creating a support network. This dimension of wellness allows them to not only develop encouraging relationships with peers, but also intimate relationships with romantic partners.
According to Shauna Ward of Candor™, Millennials now can take advantage of Lifestyle Benefits Programs including Telehealth, Health Advocacy, Alternative Medicine, Dental, Vision and more. Lifestyle Medical, a national marketplace for steeply discounted lifestyle benefits membership packages, has joined with Candor to offer, not only inexpensive, members-only lifestyle benefits, but access to major medical healthcare coverage.
For example, Teladoc is a program offering 24/7 access to a doctor with only a call or click —anytime, anywhere with no per visit fee. With Teladoc, you can talk to a doctor by phone or online video to get a diagnosis, treatment options and prescription if medically necessary. Millennials can save time and money by avoiding crowded waiting rooms in the doctor’s office, urgent care clinic or ER just by using their phone, computer, smartphone or tablet to get a quick diagnosis by a U.S. licensed physician.
According to Forbes …..”physicians providing care via technology have the same ethical responsibilities as those providing care in brick and mortar environments. These responsibilities include providing competent care, respecting patient privacy and confidentiality, taking appropriate steps to ensure continuity of care and, follow best practice guidelines.”
According to the Case Foundation, Millennials will make up roughly 50% of the US workforce in 2020 and 75% of the global workforce by 2030 – their wellness will be important to all of us. Look into Lifestyle Medical’s Wellness Benefits, part of Candor’s healthcare coverage offerings, today. Your Millennial will thank you.