Do you hear about the “Midlife Crisis?” Are you in the age group of about 35-60 years i.e. the middle-aged individuals? Then you may suffer a stage of extreme stress, hopelessness, dissatisfaction- a phase of emotional turmoil and this intense phase of psychological stress to get back or discover the ‘Identity’ is known as the ‘Midlife Crisis’. Actually, it is the transition of adults to the elderly one associated with many changes in life. Anyone in this age period of 35-40 years mainly from 40 years to 60 years may experience this crisis in their life resulting in losing of self-confidence, self-esteem and identity.
Causes of Midlife Crisis
The causes of midlife crisis are not specified but too many to consider. Generally, people are getting older in this period with changes in their body including the ‘Look’ and ‘Strength’. People are often not ready to accept those changes or to embrace the stage of old age. And this is one of the main reasons behind the midlife crisis. At that time the duties and responsibilities of people are also reduced a lot due to retirement from workplace and also due to growth of their children. As the children have passed the childhood- entering or entered the adolescence phase, the middle-aged individuals have less responsibilities than before. Both these factors act as the major triggers of midlife crisis.
Moreover, at that stage people are losing their own Identity, self-confidence, self-esteem due to various changes and sometimes they are suffering from intense stress, anxiety, hopelessness and often from depression. Midlife crisis sometimes become so serious that people make themselves socially isolated, socially withdrawn and may become ‘Mentally Unhealthy’ for the rest of the life. Loneliness and relationship issues also act as the triggers for this crisis period.
Ways to Deal with Midlife Crisis
Midlife crisis is a serious issue among the middle-aged adults as it affects their personal life, relationship, career goals and mostly their ‘Self Identity’. Sometimes this issue is so serious that mood disorder, depression, personality disorder also seen among the people leading to a phase of ‘breakdown’ or ‘social isolation’. That’s why, we need to deal with the crisis of midlife seriously and empathetically. Here some ways to handle or manage the crisis of midlife are discussed below.
Accept Your Middle-Adulthood
We should accept our adulthood- welcome our ‘midlife’ with all of its issues and challenges. This acceptance will make our mindset to welcome the physical and psychological changes in our life and make us more flexible to adapt to the new phase of life. Acceptance of midlife will keep us away from the ‘Identity crisis and Inferiority complex.
Make Yourself Busy in your Preferred Activities
Actually, this midlife is the too busy phase of life as you are running to earn more money, fame and success; running to establish your family like making homes, taking admission of children in good schools, taking a car etc. But those activities are not close to your heart and you are obliged to make yourself engaged in those activities resulting in anxiety, boredom, frustration etc. To avoid the midlife crisis, you should keep yourself busy not only in works of your occupation but also in those activities that give you pleasure and satisfaction.
For example, you can work in your hobby or passion in every weekend regularly or spending time with your friends informally or do things related to charity for the welfare of society.
Invest in Your Relationship
It’s very important to invest your time and energy in relationships to minimize the midlife crisis. Generally, the adults who don’t have good relationships whether with life partners or children or friends, may have the issues of loneliness, depression or identity crisis. So, to overcome the challenges of midlife, we should be more attentive to our relationships and spending quality time with them.
It’s essential for the middle-aged people to give priority to their self-care as they are busy to earn money or to fulfill the responsibilities of family. Always people of this age forget or neglect to take care of self resulting in severe physical and psychological difficulties. Often in midlife people are in severe stress, anxiety and facing failures multiple times and it’s just too hard for them to bear those issues by themselves. Here prioritizes self-care can help them to lead a better and productive life. Both the physical and mental health need to be well-maintained- for being physically fit people may take balanced diet, sufficient sleep and can do exercises.
For to take care of your mental health, you may practice meditation, mindfulness and gratitude giving. You need to express your mental health issues to someone you trust or to take therapy.
Spend Time with Friends Regularly
To deal with the Midlife crisis, it’s just awesome to spend time with friends regularly. In spite of busy schedule, we should manage some time to spend with our friends may be talking over the mobile or doing morning walk together. Friendship always works as the medicine to boost up our mind and giving us a sense of belongingness and thus minimize our loneliness, sadness and anxiety. So, friends in midlife are not the options but the essential to cope with the midlife crisis.
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Reading books especially motivational and self-care books, spending some time with nature, positive mindset and flexibility associated with accepting the new ones etc. are essential to cope or manage the midlife crisis. Yes, the awareness of the middle -aged people regarding the ‘self’ and ‘surrounding ‘is the must.
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