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Friday the 13th

A day that some deem a bad omen or lucky. But for those who experience anxiety it is so much more. If you suffer from riggatriskaidekaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia, then you are one of the many out there who are afraid of Friday the 13th. Considering the fact that Millennials are the most stressed generation, with 12% suffering from anxiety (American Psychological Association), a date made popular by society can pose to be very disruptive in their daily tasks.

There are quite a few superstitions that are associated with Friday the 13th. From buildings that skip the 13th floor, black cats, walking under ladders, horror movies, a bad day to travel or start a new business venture – people have come up with things to avoid during these particular 24 hours. But those who struggle with anxiety could see this day as so much more than the superstitions we typically attribute with it. They may deal with the day by staying home, not travelling to certain locations, refraining from using a mirror, etc. It affects their work and relationships in ways that are often overlooked.

Not all superstitions around Friday the 13th are negative however, as some actually find this day to be lucky. For example, in Italy, Friday the 17th is their unlucky day, as they consider 13 to be a lucky number. There are also a few Spanish speaking countries that actually view Tuesday the 13th as unlucky.

Whether you are superstitious, have anxiety about Friday the 13th or never gave it a second thought, one thing we can all agree on – TGIF!