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Impact of mental or physical health conditions on Genz teens

The mental and physical health issues facing GenZ teens are becoming increasingly common, exacerbated by factors like the Covid-19 pandemic and the ubiquity of social media. Academic pressure, FOMO and sedentary lifestyle contribute to a complex landscape of issues that impact their overall well-being. These challenges, ranging from disrupted routines to unhealthy habits, not only impact academic performance but also put a strain on relationships and self-esteem. Understanding these dynamics is crucial to developing effective support systems for this generation.

Dr. Sukriti Rex, Lead Psychologist and Researcher at Evolve shares some common mental health challenges and their impact that GenZ teens face:

  1. Covid-19 pandemic
    School closures, social isolation and disruptions to routines have exacerbated existing mental health problems and created new ones. This has also led to a drop in performance as many have struggled with the transition from in-person to virtual studying and back to in-person studying.
  2. Academic performance
    Mental health problems can lead to concentration problems, reduced motivation and lower grades. It can also affect focus at school, outside interests, and general stress at home.
  3. Fomo and self-esteem problems
    As social media use continues to grow, so does FOMO (fear of missing out) and anxiety. They compare their own lives to the roles and highlights of others and feel like they are not doing enough.
  4. Relationships
    Social withdrawal and emotional problems can strain relationships with family and friends. It can also lead to somewhat superficial relationships that lack depth due to a lack of authentic connections.

Some common physical health challenges and their impact:

  1. Sedentary lifestyle
    Increased screen time and a decrease in outdoor activities contribute to a less active lifestyle, increasing the risk of obesity and related health problems. The pandemic and general fear may contribute to this.
  2. Sleep deprivation
    Social media use and academic demands often lead to sleep deprivation, which impacts concentration, mood and overall health. The excessive negative screen time can also increase anxiety. Evolve has joyful sleep meditations that make screen time positive and can help users improve their relationship with sleep.
  3. Unhealthy eating habits
    Convenience foods and easy access to sugary drinks can lead to poor dietary choices, impacting physical well-being. It can also lead to an unhealthy relationship with food and further damage self-esteem.

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first print: Apr 21, 2024 06:59 IST