Benefits of a Weighted Blanket for Millenials Who Suffer from Anxiety & Stress
Weighted Blankets: A Possible Solution for a Stressed Out Generation
Anxiety is a topic that’s been brought up regularly in the mainstream, and often when you hear the words anxiety & stress, the word millennial goes along with it. Research is continually being conducted on the rise and causes of anxiety in young adults in order to better understand why younger generations are so stressed. Claims have been circulating that a weighted blanket can help relieve those feelings of anxiety and stress, and although weighted blankets have been used for decades in therapeutic environments to help children and adults with sensory disorders, they are now becoming increasingly popular in the mainstream.
Is there something about a weighted blanket that makes it work better than other solutions? And can a weighted blanket truly be the answer for a stressed out generation in search of a natural solution?
The Weighted Blanket & Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation (DPTS)
For those who aren’t as familiar with what a weighted blanket is, it’s a special type of blanket, crafted with plastic pellets or glass beads to create additional weight. This additional weight produces what’s referred to as DPTS, or deep pressure touch stimulation. DPTS often gets described as the “feeling of being hugged,” but in reality, it’s more than that. The way DPTS works is somewhat similar to a full-body massage, reducing muscle and joint stiffness and soothing aches and pains.
Sleep, a Healthy Mind & Body and How a Weighted Blanket Can Help
Getting enough sleep is one of the most important and often overlooked aspects of maintaining a healthy state of mind. Sleep is the time when the brain gets to recharge and process the events of the day.
A weighted blanket has many benefits. Being that a weighted blanket helps reduce cortisol (stress hormones) and raise serotonin levels naturally, it’s actually one of the most effective natural methods to help sleeping disorders like insomnia. If you have a relatively easy time falling asleep at night, you can still benefit from deep pressure touch stimulation, as the added pressure that a weighted blanket provides also results in a better quality of sleep. Other things like going to sleep and waking up at the same times everyday, reading a book before bed instead of looking at a screen, and listening to calming music can help as well.
Why Is Everyone So Anxious?
As stress and anxiety can be detrimental to a person’s mental and physical health, understanding where specific anxieties stem from and how to cope with them is crucial.
With generations like Millennials and Generation Z, people are often quick to point fingers at social media and the integration of the Internet into our daily lives as one of the reasons that young adults experience so much stress. The truth is they’re not totally wrong in doing so.
Never before has there been a way to compare ourselves to others like we do on social media. Or at least, we compare our perceptions of the lives of our friends, acquaintances, Internet celebrities and relatives to our personal realities.
Having instant access to global news is another anxiety-inducing invention that doesn’t get blamed nearly as often as social media. Remember that old saying that the best way to alleviate depression is to stop watching the news?
Now with social media sharing, it’s almost impossible to turn off the news, even if you want to.
When we’re bombarded with tragic stories everyday, even ones that are happening in far away places, it can be taxing on the mind. Terrible things happen all over the world every day, but it’s only recently that we have been able to catalog and share these stories so rapidly, and hearing about them all the time can have an effect on a person’s stress levels.
Outdated expectations have also plagued millennials for many years now. In this rapidly changing world, our expectations for what a person’s life should look like have not shifted with the times. There is still an expectation that college graduates should be able to land high paying jobs right out of school, twenty-somethings should be buying houses, and everyone and their mother has thoughts about the right time to get married and the right time to have kids.
These expectations have stayed more or less the same since the 20th century, but the job market and the cost of living has not. Many millennials are finding that they can’t meet these checkpoints the same way that their parents did, and that can be very stressful for a generation that has grown up with these expectations thrust upon them.
One major change that every generation can relate to is the ever increasing amount of choices we now have and the speed at which everything travels. Human beings have always sought to make things more convenient, faster, and better…and these pressures are no different for millennials. The more productive we can be, the better we feel about ourselves, and the bar for how much we think we should be getting done everyday keeps getting higher and higher.
As millennials continue to make things more streamlined and time-saving, they keep filling that time with more activities, which can lead to feeling like there is never enough time in the day. Millennials also have so many more choices when it comes to what they want to do with their time and money. The Internet has expanded the options for just about everything: products, dating, job opportunities, just to name a few. These increased options combined with the fact that the world is also moving faster can be overwhelming.
The appeal of a weighted blanket is that it’s a non-toxic, comforting way to find relief. There’s a reason we as human beings often enjoy snuggling under heavy comforters. Doing so helps promote feelings of safety, comfort and peace. A weighted blanket takes those feelings even further.
Let’s face it, the last thing a person with an anxiety disorder wants to hear is “Just think positive thoughts!” or “It’s all in your head!” Anxious thoughts can be very debilitating. It’s important to give yourself a break and remember that you’re doing the best that you can. Be realistic about what you can accomplish in a given timeframe, and let go of what is out of your control. Recognizing that what you see online is not always reality can also help with feelings of inadequacy.
Finally, reminding oneself that life is not a checklist of things that must be accomplished and done in a particular order can help alleviate some of the feelings of self-doubt that young adults go through. And getting yourself a weighted blanket won’t hurt either.