By: Aya Tsintziras
The Huffington Post Canada
July 26, 2013
High school English teacher Julia Arbuckle remembers the anxiety she felt when she was a student at the University of Toronto. “I was stressed because I was doing an arts degree,” she says, “and I thought, ‘How am I going to make it in life?’” Arbuckle, 36, who has been teaching yoga as part of U of T’s Art of Living Course for the past nine years, feels that everything worked out in the end and considers herself lucky to have a job.
Now, over a decade after Arbuckle graduated from university, there are even more reasons to stress over that ubiquitous arts degree. Perhaps Generation Y, defined as those currently between the ages of 18 and 33, should be called Generation Anxious because of their constant worrying over unemployment. Health experts warn that stress driven by an uncertain economic future, not to mention the incessant technology and wired lifestyles of twentysomethings, is problematic for this generation’s mental health.