Turning Your Mid-Life Crisis into an Inspiring and Positive Experience
Ah, midlife crises. We all dread them; we all go through them. The reality is that the seemingly endless work, boredom, and stagnancy all hit at the same time, resulting in an intense questioning of the meaning of life and ultimate purpose. If you’re feeling weighed down by all the thinking – stop – and take a deep breath. There are so many ways you can use this challenging experience as fodder for inspiration and positive experiences instead. Here, Sewall House shares strategies to turn your mid-life crisis on its head and (re)start your vigor for life.
Reframe Your Situation
We all tend to look back on our youth as the “good old days.” This erases the difficulties, fears, and challenges we faced at the time and keeps us living in the past rather than the present. To turn your mid-life crisis into a positive experience, consider all the benefits you’ve gained with age. You are older, wiser, and have more security than you did back then. Also, challenge any negative thoughts you may have by practicing gratitude and using rational thinking to focus on what you want out of life rather than what you lost.
Talk through Your Feelings
Don’t bottle up your feelings. Talking through your feelings can help you work through your emotions and process things with ease. Confide in someone you trust, such as a friend or partner. You may also want to reach out to old friends and acquaintances who you lost touch with but who could offer valuable advice in this situation. You can use a search engine to look for fellow high school graduates in your town and the surrounding area. You’ll need to type in the name, graduation date, and school to get quick results with options to reach out to these friends.
On the other hand, if you feel you need to talk to a professional for mental health support, it’s easy today to access mental health services virtually. Online therapy is convenient, private, and secure. When looking for an online therapist, remember to look for one offering free consultations to ensure they’re a good match. You will also have many more licensed professionals to choose from and save money and time overall.
Become Your Own Boss
Your mid-life crisis can trigger feelings of boredom and irritation at having to work for someone day in and day out. You can instead choose to follow your passion and make your own time by starting your own business. According to Motley Fool, entrepreneurship is incredibly fulfilling and rewarding – two feelings you may need at this stage of life. When you start your own company, consider your business structure carefully, as this will determine the future of your business. For example, creating a DBA name or ‘doing business as’ name can make it easier to branch out in the future and sell products and market services under a different name if you need to.
Start a New Hobby
What’s Your Grief reports that having a hobby can reinvigorate you, as it gives you something to look forward to each day. Find an activity you enjoy, and then find new ways of doing it, improving, and leveling up. This will give you a challenge to work towards. For example, if you love yoga, push yourself by trying new poses, techniques, and ways of incorporating breathwork and self-love into your practice. You could also level up your skills and experience by attending a Sewall House yoga retreat.
The approach of middle age can inspire dread for many reasons. Perhaps you feel your “best years” are behind you, or maybe you feel like you don’t have much to look forward to. We’re here to tell you that when it comes to these feelings, it’s all about your outlook. Navigating these experiences successfully will require positive feelings and an understanding that all emotions pass eventually!