Under 40s

Maxing Out Too Early?

You no longer seem to have the edge you had 10 years ago. You’re a bit distracted and unfocused, yet you have the same pressures. You may think that cognitive health is not something you need to be concerned about until middle age. But there are many more stressors on the brain today . . .

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According to Carnegie Mellon's Laboratory for the Study of Stress, Immunity and Disease, people are more stressed than they were 25 years ago and, although stress levels tend to decrease as we age, they remain increasingly challenging for every generation. If you’re under 40, you already have higher levels of stress than everyone else. What is behind all this stress?

We’re More Vulnerable, More Besieged

If it feels sometimes as if the world is closing in, that’s because it is. We no longer have the ability to buffer ourselves from harsher realities as we did 25 years ago. Here’s what we ‘Under 40s’ are up against:

  • Economic downturn—finding a job, maintaining a job, and just keeping up with the ‘Jones’s’ puts a lot of pressure on the ‘under 40’ crowd.
  • Financial worries—paying back those student loans, making ends meet when the cost of living continues to skyrocket, finding ways to stretch our dollars further, etc.
  • Proliferation of new information and technologies that make it hard to keep up—the internet and social media bring the world closer and closer, but we’re finding it harder and harder to turn off, while still keeping ahead of the curve.

All of this stress leads to poor lifestyle habits. We skip meals, we look for artificial stimulants, we unwind in less than healthy ways. If we continue to burn the candle at both ends, we’re going to fizzle out.

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