I Wrote An Article: Millennials & Mental Health


Back for the February issue I had the honor of interviewing David Archuleta and wellll.... it didn't get published. I don't know if it ever will, but I'll share it one day I guess. In the mean time, for March I wrote an article about millennials and mental health! Click here to read March currents and click here to read the February currents! Click here to see the layout design for the March feature I wrote.


*Disclaimer: To start off, I work at Salvation Army National Headquarters in the publications department. The magazine I work on is called War Cry. I will be doing a post later on about my job and what it's like working for a non-profit, but that post will be later on. I do feel I need to add a disclaimer here, I am not a religious person so when I took this job I did my research and made sure that my personal values and opinions weren't being compromised. I can proudly say they are not (don't let one idiot skew your opinion of the millions of people who work for a company) and I'm pretty proud of the work and accomplishments I've made while working here. I am the Assistant to the Editorial Director, but I do so much more than an assistant's work. My managers have really entrusted me with a lot of responsibility and anything I can do to enhance my skill set and build my portfolio I take the opportunity to do so. Though I am not a religious person, the people I do interview are and the questions recall faith-inspired answers. 



I Wrote An Article: Millennials & Mental Health


It’s no secret that the millennial generation struggles with identity. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), 12% of millennials have a diagnosed anxiety disorder—twice the percentage of boomers—and experience more stress and are less able to manage it than any other generation. Millennials are in the middle stages of their lives ranging from late twenties to early forties. Some millennials are graduating college while others are starting a family. It can be difficult to navigate while comparing your life to someone else’s. When the truth is simply put, this isn’t a race. Everyone—of all ages—is still trying to find their foothold in life, so why is the millennial generation struggling with mental health the most? 

There are many factors that can contribute to mental health including financial debt and heavier workloads. This creates higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression in millennials compared to other generations. In a Business Insider article, Hillary Hoffower and Allana Akhtar write, “Because of longer work hours and stagnant wages, millennials suffer from higher rates of burnout than other generations.” According to Student Loan Hero, in 2019 student-loan debt reached a national total of $1.5 trillion dollars, with millennials having an average of $29,800 of student-loan debt per person. Factoring in the student debt, many post-graduates tend to live paycheck to paycheck due to higher cost of living, but no increase in salary. This then hinders the ability to save for bigger purchases such as buying a home or starting a family. Finances cause a strain on mental health, and healthcare seems to be part of the financial strain as well. Hoffower and Akhtar write, “Healthcare is one of four key costs plaguing millennials. In 1960, the average annual health-insurance cost per person was $146—in 2016, it hit $10,345.”

Money is only part of the problem though. According to APA, millennials worry “about making the right choices today in order to ensure a stable future.” The fear of making choices that may have lifelong consequences can create an uncertain feeling and anxious worrying.

The millennial generation is also facing the most burnout. Finding a work-life balance is critical when dealing with anxiety and depression. Millennials who work as frontline workers, first responders or work night shifts are “more likely to develop a mental illness than the general population,” note Hoffower and Akhtar. 

With all of that, we could also be seeing a “spike” in these numbers simply because the millennial generation is helping destigmatize mental health awareness. Psychologist Loren Soeiroo, Ph.D., ABPP notes, “Millennials seek psychotherapy more often than members of Generation X or other, earlier generations.” Being aware of mental struggles is the best way to handle the situation. Today there are several ways to un-wind, center your mind and find relaxation amongst the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Soeiroo writes, “It’s important to remember to be kind to yourself when you’re going through a stressful time. Not everyone finds the right life partner, creates an artistic masterpiece or founds a successful company before the age of 30. Try to exercise more self-compassion. Don’t expect perfection, just try to make the decision as well as you possibly can, using all of the information and resources available—and then, afterward, live with the outcome as naturally as possible, knowing that your deciding process was a good one (APA).” 

The Salvation Army’s nationwide hotline continues to provide emotional and spiritual support to anyone impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. This service is open to anyone looking for spiritual guidance, local resources and support or just someone to talk to. The Salvation Army has pastors and emotional-care personnel ready to listen. The number to call is 1-844-458-HOPE (4673). Staff are available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST, and counselors speak English and Spanish.

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April Recap


Highs: Much like March, I didn't have a lot going on. I had fun in Florida and my adorable niece gets bigger each day. April was a pretty chill month, but I'm ready for the summer months ahead 🥰.


Lows: Luckily, there's not a lot to complain about this month. Sure some little things here and there, I guess the biggest stress is moving, but if that's all I have to complain about then it was a pretty decent month.


April Recap

We're Moving...Again!


Surprise! Okay, well it's not a surprise. If you know how apartment leases work then you could figure out that our year and some change was coming up here at our McLean apartment. When we got our renewal letter our jaws dropped to the floor. We love our high-rise apartment, but it's not really the price it's worth now, let alone the price increase it jumped to. So, we're moving...again!


I don't want to get too into it right now, but we are going to be moving a few times within the next year. Updates will come, but for now we're headed back home (yup, slumming it back at our parents' homes) for a couple months to save up some money and plan out our next big move. 


Stay tuned and follow me on Instagram @michelekatsaris for up-to-date posts!

Y2K Inspired Look


After I received my Lizzie McGuire x ColourPop collection I was very inspired to create a Y2K look and that I did. I shrieked when I put this look together and honestly I might have been 28 in the wrong decade? Why did this look go to waste on an 8 year old I don't know, but I'm so excited to share this look with you today.


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How I Journal


Oh my gosh! FINALLY! The long awaited "How I Journal" blog post is here! Okay, maybe not long awaited, but this is actually one of the things I get the most questions about because I randomly started to mention in in 2020 and people were like, "Wait, what? You journal?" and for Christmas and my birthday friends and family got me "journaling supplies" as gifts—which awwwee 🥰🥰—but it was definitely not something people "thought" I did. I have been promising for like a year now to explain my journaling process and all of the supplies I use so let's dive in!


First of all, I wanted to journal when I saw Katy Bellotte's post about junk journaling. It looked like so much fun and it's something I've done all my life. I'm not very big on just writing my days out every day, I could never stick with it and my hand would start to hurt. So I would make these at-home type of scrapbooks. I would cut out words from magazines, hold on to movie tickets and other things like that. So when I saw through Katy's videos that junk journaling was a thing I knew I wanted to try it out again. When it came to what type of journal to get I was leaning towards a basic moleskin blank page notebook when I saw Brooke Miccio's post about her journal from Anthropologie and just fell in love. I received that journal as a Christmas gift and I did my first journal entry for New Years Eve 2020.


My journal is the fringe-lined notebook from Anthropologie and unfortunately I dont think they sell it anymore, which I'm bummed about because it's perfect. The pages are so soft and not too white and blank!  I watch tons of videos on junk journaling and was quickly indifferent about it because Katy and other journelers (is that a word) has such nice handwriting while I do not. But don't let this discourage you!! The whole point is that it's YOUR journal, it can look however you want it to look, and it will not look perfect. That's the point. Another reason I prefer junk journaling is because it's not an everyday thing. Sometimes I'll journal for a week straight then won't touch it for a month. It's all about "being in the mood" to journal. Sometimes I write about bad things and sometimes I write about good things. Sometimes I plan out meals and other times I create new habit trackers. This journaling process is for the creative people who need to sometimes just get things out of their mind and onto paper.


The process is different for everyone, but I'll walk you through my process. Whenever I had an idea to put into my journal my notes on my phone is my best friend. I will easily write things down, tidbits of how I feel and my mood tracker. The only thing I need to fill out every day is my mood tracker and habit tracker. So I'll write down a couple notes on how I felt that day or put what mood I'm in then go back at the end of the week and fill it all in. But besides that, until I am in the mood to journal, I simply just don't. Then I'll have this mood of wanting to do something creatively with my hands and I set up the scene. I prefer my coffee table in my living room and I'll sit on the floor, turn on my fireplace and pull out all of my supplies.


How I Journal
How I Journal


My supplies also may be different from yours. First I have my journal, then I pull out all of my pens. I have two different colored marker pen sets both from Amazon. I have a few other pens my boyfriend got me from Michael's some fancy ones and one that is Tiffany Blue colored! Then I have my fancy Tiffany & Co. pen that my boyfriend got me for Christmas. I use Sharpies too. I like to have options okay? In my box that I have dedicated to journaling I have a ton of scrap papers! Mostly from Michael's and then some scraps from other books. Speaking of books, I had some coffee table books that I was planning on selling, two Kate Spade ones and an Audrey Hepburn one. I tore these things up!! They're so colorful and have tons of variety so I keep them around and draw inspiration from them then cut them and use them in the journal 😝. I also have scissors, glue and double sided tape. I usually have a glue stick but I ran out so I just used regular glue. Then I have some ribbon and stickers. I love a good sticker and I got a ton from Shein recently (click here to read that blog post). I also have different washi tapes and love the look they give the pages. Lastly, I have my ink pads. I have a black and pink ink pad with a number and letter set and the months of the year set of stamps. Once I have all of my supplies laid out I get to work.


The next part is not something you can really explain. I just cut up a bunch of photos and scrap paper, and start to arrange the page how I want it. These pages can seriously include anything...a special event, when I'm feel stressed or anxious, habit tracker, meal planner, gratitude, inspirational quotes...whatever you want! That's the best part of all of this is your journal so it can be whatever you want it to be!


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Do I ever make mistakes? YES! I told you guys that my handwriting is garbage and sometimes I just can be inspired or satisfied with a layout. That's okay, I try not to restart too often because then y you're just wasting paper, but for the most part I'm able to tweak it how I want. Because this is a thiccccc notebook, the ink smudges or things might start to tear, but again that's normal and I think gives the journal character.


How I Journal


I started this in 2020 and I'm almost done filling this one out now. I can't recommend journaling enough especially if you deal with anxiety. This has helped me so much being able to get the bad thoughts in my head on paper. It's helped with figuring out issues, inspire new ideas and even document amazing moments that has happened this past year. Obviously I can't show you everything, but I wanted to show a couple of my favorite spreads.



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