NEW YORK — More than half of millennial women feel the advice they receive from their doctor does not cut it when it comes to their health. A new survey asked 2,000 U.S. women between the ages of 25 and 35 to describe their experiences with various facets of their health and wellness. Three in five prefer other health solutions beyond what their doctor recommends (64%).
On average, women don’t start worrying about their health until they’re 29 and most agree that it’s important to start focusing on their wellness in their youth to prevent issues as they age (90%). Interestingly, respondents felt motivated to take better care of their health after experiencing life-changing adjustments to their bodies.
When millennial women looked back, the top three health areas they considered important to prevent issues later in life were stress (54%), having low energy (45%), or changes to their weight (43%). As a result, millennial women added wellness routines to their daily lives to help support their health. Nearly half the poll (46%) who have them note it’s changed in the past year due to stress.
Commissioned by Rae Wellness and conducted by OnePoll, the survey finds that the areas of health which millennial women are most concerned about today are stress (61%), mental health (53%), and sleep (46%).
Which supplements are millennial women turning to for help?
With those health concerns and others in mind, the average millennial woman has tried three different wellness products to improve their health during the pandemic. More than half admit that they might buy a product on impulse if they notice a change in their bodies (55%).
When it comes to vitamins and supplements, on average, millennial women gravitate to taking multivitamins (49%) and vitamins D (31%) and C (30%). Women are also drawn to items that use buzzwords such as “effective” (42%), “calming” (41%), or “energizing” (39%).
“Women’s needs constantly change, so it’s important for women to understand what works for them and when, and how nutrients and vitamins play a vital role in their physical and mental health,” says Rachel Goldman, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist affiliated with NYU School of Medicine and a Rae Wellness expert, in a statement.
“Because we often lack sufficient nutrition, vitamins and supplements can help achieve wellness goals such as immune and gut health, as well as help you seek more energy and calmness. If you’re unsure of where to start, start by incorporating one or two supplements into your routine, such as a multivitamin and probiotic. It’s never too late to learn how to nourish your mind and body, so start today if you’ve been neglecting it.”
‘Nurturing the mind and body is essential’
Millennial women usually research a vitamin for two hours before deciding whether or not it is right for them, leaving three in five feeling confident in understanding what vitamins and supplements could do for their body (61%). Surprisingly, 62 percent of women agree that wellness products are too expensive, which may be why some respondents find it difficult to find a wellness routine.
Furthermore, millennial women want to see wellness brands becoming more inclusive by adjusting to more affordable pricing (63%), creating effective products (38%), and making products available and easy to find (34%).
“Taking care of yourself shouldn’t be expensive or a full-time job, and we believe that nurturing the mind and body is essential,” says Angie Tebbe, Rae Wellness’ CEO and co-founder. “It’s incredibly important for us to offer thoughtfully-created products that take a female first approach to testing and research and stand apart from complicated, over-priced alternatives.”