- The Gen Z hit list – THE STRESS MYTH by Scarlet Curtis
I’m just so stressed,” I sigh, flinging myself onto the sofa at my best friend’s house and putting my feet up on her table. It was a Saturday, and I had woken 30 minutes earlier from a luxurious afternoon nap. In the sliding scale of stress — from Deliciously Ella’s yoga teacher to Rob Kardashian’s publicist — I was hovering around the medic who supplied antibiotics for urinary-tract infections to the citizens of Love Island. Busy? Yes. Mind-bogglingly tired and unable to function? Most definitely not. And yet in a world where the “Still at work at 9pm” Insta Story selfie has become de rigueur, “I’m so tired and stressed” seems to be my (probably undeserved) catchphrase.
A popular belief about members of the younger generation is that we’re not used to —and don’t expect — hard work. From my limited experience, most of the millennials I know are hard working, driven and thoroughly deserving of the pay cheque they use to cash in on avocado toast. The problem is not an unwillingness to work hard, but the glamorisation of being over worked, overtired and overemployed. Having five jobs, three side hustles and 236 unread emails is the new cool in 2017, and there is a badge of honour about being the busiest, most frantic and most sleep-deprived in your peer group. When did it become cool to work through the weekend? To catch up on emails until 1am? To have no time to shower because you’re so busy?