The weather outside has us thinking of a term normally reserved for this time of year, but that is now increasingly being used to describe young people – “ Millennial Snowflake.” These youngsters are “viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations.” Some take this view further. One reporter for The Spectator believes that “They are genuinely distressed by ideas that run contrary to their world view.”
Is this really the case? Or, as mental health experts argue, are Millennials just better at admitting their feelings than previous generations? The University of Birmingham conducted research into stress, anxiety and depression. Large numbers of 16 – 24 year old’s felt they had experienced these in the last year. This was compared with adults over the age of 25 in the same time period.
It is a very divided debate. What is clear however, is that young people need more tools in their mental toolbox to help them succeed in today’s fast paced world.
How do team building activities increase these skills?
Multiple studies have shown the numerous benefits of taking part in team building challenges, with some of the most relevant including:
Participants learn to approach challenges with a more positive mindset, making them want to try harder. Learning to remain resilient when something might take longer than expected is crucial. Re-starting a task is a good opportunity to do better.
Inspiring creativity and rewarding new ideas to solve challenges. As a result, young people learn that there is often more than one way of completing something. Exposing them to more opportunities that encourage this way of thinking will lead to new strengths. They are then better able to cope with change and new developments as a result.
One common belief regarding Millennials is that they are less receptive to the ideas of others. Consequently, by working in teams across a number of tasks, participants learn to appreciate the value of other people’s input. This is especially evident if they are struggling to complete something on their own. Logical puzzles, physical endurance – everyone has their strengths.
How can WiseUp help?
By building on these benefits, we give young people more strategies to deal with stressful situations. This helps them avoid developing anxiety and depression. While improving communication skills, productivity and prioritisation, they are also making important life connections.
Investing in the younger generations now will also have the additional benefit of taking some of the strain off mental health services. A “millennial snowflake” has a lot to offer the world, and we can help them shine!
To find out what activities will best suit the needs of the young people you engage with, please use our easy enquiry form or give us a call.