Work, study, family juggle stressing Gen Y out
FAR from the lazy slackers they are often portrayed as, a new study shows Gen Y consider themselves busy and stressed.
The Future Leaders paper from the textbook chain Co-op Bookstore and accountancy firm BDO showed 71% of regional Queenslanders aged between 18 and 29 consider themselves busy - with young parents and students topping the list.
The research found regional Queensland youth were busier than their metropolitan counterparts - but slightly fewer considered themselves stressed.
In Brisbane 64% of the age group considered themselves busy and in regional Queensland 71% believed they were busy. But just 46% of regional youth said they were stressed compared to 51% of Brisbane youth.
For University of Southern Queensland Fraser Coast student counsellor Kathy Cool-Murphy, seeing students struggling to juggle work, study and family commitments was commonplace.
"The myth I hear the most as a counsellor is that university will just fit in with students' existing lives," she said.
"But it actually places big demands on young people which have to compete with family, work and other pressures."
The study found for many young people staying fit was a source of stress - but Ms Cool-Murphy said regular exercise was a vital way to manage stress.
"It's often one of the first things to go. People prioritise work or study and don't exercise," she said.
"But skipping that exercise is counterproductive - keeping active will actually help control stress and make you feel better."
Ms Cool-Murphy said the university encouraged under-pressure students to access the counselling services it offered.
The study found 62% of regional Queenslanders enjoyed being stressed - a statistic Co-op chief Peter Knock said could lead to long-term health concerns.
"The 2015 Future Leaders Index tells us that majority of 18-29-year-olds are in fact stressing themselves out over work and study and putting their health at risk in the process," he said.
"Things like the health and happiness of individuals, business and industry productivity, healthcare policy and budgets could all be affected by the super-stressed young people in years to come."