Dealing with Midlife Crisis

Midlife crisis is a mental state which occurs between the ages of thirty and sixty. It happens because you are worried about your mortality, and it is a condition that leaves you hopeless, anxious and frustrated, and also affects your relationship with family and friends. Learning ways in dealing with midlife crisis is important for you to return to a normal life.

Symptoms of Midlife Crisis

You sometimes overlook the major symptoms of this crisis. It is important that you know the symptoms of midlife crisis so that you can deal with it before it loses control. Below are some of the symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite which results in loss of weight
  • Sadness, anxiety, and depression
  • Always feeling guilty
  • Always thinking of death
  • Avoidance of friends and social gatherings
  • Emptiness
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Abuse of drugs and excessive intake of alcohol
  • Always cry
  • Pains and aches that come back even after treatment

How to Deal with Midlife Crisis

1. Do Not Always Think You Are Sick

Do not consider every symptom you notice as an indication of a serious problem. Visiting your general practitioner frequently will make the midlife crisis worse. Although your GP may tell you that you are totally healthy, you will make unnecessary researches online after you go home, and you can always relate your symptoms with some serious diseases, which puts you in frustration and depression. Going to the hospital for examination on a regular basis will help a lot.

2. Don’t Get Involved in an Affair

When dealing with midlife crisis, you should avoid getting involved in an affair. Although your partner may not be as gorgeous as before, you need to understand that no one is perfect, including yourself. So do not try to hang out with those young people to seek excitement, and avoid having an affair with someone who you think fancies you.

3. Don’t Worry Too Much About Work

Do not get obsessed with your job to an extent that it disturbs your normal life. Have a free mind towards work, and be prepared to take the worst if it comes. Commanding yourself to be perfect can only make you feel frustrated and depressed, because no one can do things without any mistake. Just take life the way it comes and be joyful with where you are at the moment.

4. Don't Push Your Children

Avoid getting worked up for your children's performance. Do not push them to attend math classes, football tutorials and music lessons. Your dream should not be realized by your children, and you should understand that they have their own dreams. What you should do is to find out what they are really interested in, and support them. In this way, you will find your children are actually brilliant, and you will be happier.

5. Set New Goals for Yourself

If you are not happy with your present condition, or if you think the old plans are not so good, then set new goals for yourself. Make a new plan for your life after retirement; consider changing a job; make a to-do-list of things you want to do; and make some changes to bring new energy into your career or marriage. Discussing with your loved ones about your plans is also a good idea.

6. Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep is an important step when dealing with midlife crisis, which is important to make your body function well. If you suffer from insomnia, visit your doctor to learn techniques to reduce stress, which can help you get a better sleep. Yoga, meditation and deep breathing exercises are good ways to help you relax and get a good night's sleep. 

7. Let Go of Bad Things

Forgive and forget. You should not affect your present and future with your past. What has happened has happened, and do not dwell on yesterday issues for too long. Holding on to bad events only keeps you from going forward and leads to depression. If necessary, seek help from your loved ones or from professional institutions to help you get out of midlife crisis.

8. Laugh

Stress is often related with midlife crisis. Laughter can boost your immune system and reduce the hormones responsible for stress. Look for reasons to laugh, and be around people who can make you laugh. Take laughing as an exercise, and participate in it as many times as you can.

9. Other Tips That Help

  • Avoid making radical decisions. During the midlife crisis, you are more likely to be impulsive. Although some changes are good for you, you should still think twice before you act.
  • Help others. Helping others can make you feel warm and needed, which is a good way to deal with a midlife crisis. You can take part in volunteer activities to help victims of domestic violence and those homeless people.
  • Eat good food and exercise regularly. Eating healthy foods such as organic vegetables and whole grains, and doing exercises such as yoga will help your body function normally. A healthy body is necessary when dealing with midlife crisis.
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