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STRATEGIES FOR COPING WITH A MIDLIFE CRISIS

GUEST POST BY - KIMBERLY HAYES




GUEST POST BY - KIMBERLY HAYES (kimberlyhayes@publichealthalert.info)



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The expression, mid-life crisis refers to the feeling that time has caught up to you. For instance, some may regret never exploring their passions, while others may look back on missed professional opportunities and ponder on what their life would've been. Experiencing these emotions can have an impact on one’s mental health and quality of life in general. But there are various ways you can overcome these emotions and work towards achieving the milestones you once overlooked.


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Find the Cause


Feeling that your life has no direction is one of the common symptoms of a midlife crisis. Understandably this can lead to an individual feeling frustrated and even bitter towards themselves and those around them. Your first step will be to find the underlying cause of your frustrations. Here are a few simple questions that can help you find the answer. Ask yourself:


● What would be the first thing about my life that I’d change right now?

● Who are the people I enjoy spending the most time with?

● What activities provide me with a sense of joy and fulfilment?

● What personal needs do I overlook daily?


You don’t need to answer these in an instant. Take time to ponder, consider discussing it with a loved one, and most importantly be true to yourself.


Think About Your Relationships


As time passes, people change, and this can cause a change in dynamic between all types of relationships whether it be friendships, marriages, or your connection with parents. Strained relationships can lead to loneliness or frustrations arising from unmet personal needs.

There are a few ways you can manage this situation:


● Speak with the individual (your spouse, parent, best friend, etc.) regarding your frustrations and the changes you deem necessary. Understandably, this can be a hard task to undertake alone, hence don’t refrain from reaching out to professionals such as a relationship counsellor, therapist, etc.

● If you have given it your all and don’t see things improving in the future, the best option will be to step away. This will be a difficult decision to make, but in the long term, it will prove to be the right one.


Invest in Products That Boost Your Health


There are many different types of kitchen products that can help you live a healthier life. For example, if you are trying to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, a juicer can be a great addition to your kitchen. Juicers allow you to get all of the nutrients from fruits and vegetables without having to eat them all in one sitting. If you are trying to eat less processed food, a food processor can be a lifesaver. Food processors can be used to make homemade soups, sauces, and even breads and desserts.


Make a Career Change


Research suggests that individuals on average spend 90,000 hours working in their lifetime. Given that you dedicate about one-third of your life to work, it is bound to impact everything, especially your mental health. Whether you are in your 40s, 50s, 60s, or even higher, you still have the opportunity to make a career change, if that is what you truly desire.


Given your experience, freelancing can be a fruitful experience providing you the freedom of creating your schedule, choosing professional relationships, and having a better work-life balance.


If you’re going to be making a career change, you should be able to access all career-related documents and files whenever you need to, whether it’s your resume or portfolio. You can save these files to your iPad as PDFs. PDFs have a consistent layout and are editable, and you won’t need Wi-Fi to access them. Just remember where you saved the PDF so you can find it.


Consider Relocation


Sometimes a fresh start is a perfect solution for overcoming a midlife crisis. You’re bound to have a location in mind where you dream of living, whether it be in a new city or a state. While relocating does pose certain challenges, these can prove to be the motivation you need to make a notable change in life. As reported by Surviving Spirits, moving will lead to you exploring new places, forming new relationships, living a different lifestyle, and most importantly, helping break away from the mundane.


If you have enough savings to make a down payment and find the perfect home, consider moving forward with the buying process to not miss out on the property. Simultaneously you will need to work towards selling your existing home.


Making changes and taking risks are two key aspects that'll help you overcome a midlife crisis. While the past cannot be changed, the future is still firmly in your control. Think about what you’d like to change, reconsider your relationships, invest in healthy products, and consider relocating or starting a new career.

Written by - KIMBERLY HAYES





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