Work is the biggest cause of stress for millennials; for Gen Z, it’s relationships and breakups

Work is the biggest cause of stress for millennials, while relationships and breakups are the single largest source of stress for GenZ, the second Mental Wellbeing study by ITC Fiama in collaboration with NielsenIQ released on World Mental Health Day has revealed.

Work, relationships and social media are the key factors that cause stress, finds the survey, designed to ascertain the causes of stress with the changing lifestyle of youth in India.

Work and career-related decisions take the top spot in factors that cause stress to Indians, work aspects being the single largest cause of stress in 81 % millennials and 47% of GenZ. GenZ also seem to feel the pressure of career decisions more than millennials while for the latter, work pressure and trying to balance their work and other aspects of life, politics at the workplace are the top factors causing stress. 57% millennials say that a negative mental health impacts their performance at workplace.

The Fiama Mental Wellbeing survey reveals further that women, tend to feel more stressed due to work than men with 71% saying that they suffer a burnout to live up to the societal standards of success.

Relationships struggles are the single largest source of stress for 87% of GenZ with 1 in 3 stating that their mental wellbeing is greatly impacted if they break up with their partner.

86% women also feel the pressure of a relationship more than men with breakups, pressure of maintaining relationship with family or partner as major stress triggers.

The survey highlights that GenZs tend to be more stressed by social media than millennials with 39% mentioning social media as a major cause of stress. The findings also suggest that 66% of GenZ have taken a break from social media to balance their mental health.

Despite the varied causes of stress and increasing anxiety, only 33% of GenZ is willing to seek immediate professional help if they have mental health issues. Young adults are exploring alternatives to de-stress – 43% turn to music to calm their nerves. For millennials, yoga, meditation as well as spending time with loved ones make it to the leading options to calm themselves.

Sameer Satpathy, Divisional Chief Executive, Personal Care Products Business, ITC, said in a statement, “ITC Fiama is committed to making mental health and wellbeing a proactive conversation in India. The Fiama Mental Wellbeing Survey continues to identify vulnerabilities that cause stress and anxiety in everyday life. Further, the initiative helps foster more conversations and find avenues which can help young adults relieve stress.”

The ITC Fiama Mental Wellbeing Survey 2022 was conducted with 870 men and women between the ages of 16-45 years across Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore. The survey was conducted by NeilsenIQ in September 2022.

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