Have you ever felt stuck in your profession, in your personal life, or in your relationships? Have you ever felt like there is no motivation in your life, that even monetary gains are no longer motivating you, that your career prospects and relationships are stagnating? Do you struggle with poor self-esteem, lack of confidence, mood swings, and a life that is meaningless? Do you ever feel as though your life has come to a halt? If this describes you, and you are over 40 years old, you are most likely experiencing a midlife crisis!!
Elliot Jaques, a Canadian psychologist, has made significant contributions to the fields of corporate and social psychology. The term “middle-age crisis” was coined by
What is a midlife crisis
Elliot Jaques, a Canadian psychologist, has made significant contributions to the fields of corporate and social psychology. When he was going through this difficulty in 1965, he coined the phrase “midlife crisis. ” A midlife crisis, according to Elliot, is a change of identity and self-confidence that can occur in middle-aged people between the ages of 45 and 65. The syndrome is defined as a psychological crisis triggered by situations that emphasise a person’s advancing age, impending mortality, and probably lack of life accomplishments.”
Although a midlife crisis is not a clinical condition, the comorbidity of other factors has an impact on one’s physical, emotional, and psychological well-being.
According to studies, one out of every four people has a midlife crisis. It usually starts between the ages of 40 and 45 and might last into the latter years of life. Midlife crisis blues include deteriorating physical activity, specific inabilities, new obligations, and overwhelming stress.
Midlife Crisis Symptoms
Some biological and psychophysiological indications and symptoms might appear during a midlife crisis. Biological symptoms may require medical treatment, whereas psychophysiological symptoms require appropriate communication and strategies to manage.
Biological signs of Midlife Crisis
Psychophysiological signs and symptoms
Biological indications may include some symptoms that occur as a result of the ageing process, which includes numerous hormonal changes. This results in mood swings, a lack of tolerance and patience, excessive levels of anxiety, and so on.
- Modifications in metabolic activity
- Hormonal changes
- Low sex drive in both men and women
- Early signs of ageing
- Andropause in men and perimenopause in women worsen the condition further
- Digestive problems, such as acid reflux, bloating, and constipation
- Thyroid problems, which cause rapid weight loss or growth, damaging their self-esteem.
- Insomnia or hypersomnia
- Hair loss in both men and women, which adds to stress levels by affecting their general appearance.
A person may have a continual nostalgia for the past and remorse for numerous life mistakes. At times, there is a lingering sense of unfulfillment and despair. A person’s productivity may be harmed if they are demotivated. Things don’t appear to be happening that good in life. Here are a few additional indicators of a midlife crisis to look out for.
- Changing roles in life and changes in responsibilities
- Lack of interest in the activities that were of great interest earlier
- Decrease in libido
- Decrease in physical activities
- Severe mood swings, anger management issues, irritability, and emotional outbursts
- Constant feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression
- Demotivated feelings, and feelings of low self-worth
- Constant Fear of the future, intense feeling of insecurity
- Getting more conscious about one’s appearance and health
- Changes in relationship chemistry affecting intimacy
- Lethargy and laid back attitude due to lack of motivation
- Living in remorse
- Futile attempts to change to the job due to dissatisfaction at workplace and stagnancy in career
- Difficulty in accepting the aging process
- Suicidal thoughts
- Low self-esteem
- Changed sleeping patterns
- Mild to moderate health issues
15 steps to deal with midlife crisis blues
There are always specific techniques and procedures to cope with any blues that influence our entire well-being, even if the list of indications and symptoms appears to be very vast.
1. Instead of looking back, look forward.
It’s always preferable to look forward and plan for the future rather than looking back with regret.
Accept the truth that we can’t alter the past, but we can influence the future. Always look forward to improve the present rather than trying to cure the unattainable past.
3. Aging is a normal part of life.
Aging is a natural part of life that all living things must go through. Accepting the fact and embracing ageing with a smile rather than a frown enables us to improve both cognitively and emotionally.
4. Continue to learn new things.
Learning is fun in itself. From a professional standpoint, adding new talents will help you advance in your work. This will remove the fear of losing a job or being fired.
5. Appreciate the little things in life
People who live in a rat race tend to put many minor but significant things on the back burner that bring delight and contribute to the most memorable moments in life that can be cherished afterwards. So, if you’re going through a midlife crisis, now is the time to sit down and reflect on the times you’ve missed out on.
6. Spend time with your children
Spend time with your growing children. Pay attention to them and enjoy yourself. If they are teenagers, share your problems with them and listen to what they have to say. This will help them develop their self-confidence while also improving their thinking capacity and analytical skills.
7. Spend time with your family and friends.
Spend meaningful time with your family and extended family, as well as your partner. Relationships often take the brunt of our lofty ambitions because we tend to overlook them in our pursuit of our goals.
8. Revitalize your romantic life
The single most critical thing we can do for our partners. They serve as our backbone throughout our lives, supporting us through good and bad times.
9. Participate in some physical activity.
Join yoga sessions at the gym or go for a morning or evening walk. Physical activity increases dopamine levels, which gives us a positive sensation or a sense of accomplishment that is beneficial not just to our physical health but also to our mental and emotional health.
10. Incorporate mindfulness/meditation into your daily routine.
When you’re coping with a mid-life crisis, living in the moment is the way to go. Carrying the weight of the past is pointless. Practicing mindfulness or meditation can help you stay calm and collected in stressful situations thus assisting you in keeping your balance when life throws you curveballs.
11. Volunteer for a good cause
Some may find this strange. However, thinking outside oneself will always make you feel fulfilled, especially if you are assisting those who are in need. Participating in CSR initiatives would offer you a sense of belonging. This will eliminate emotions of worthlessness and loneliness because you will be doing something more worthwhile with your life.
12. Don’t be afraid to plan for the future.
We all make plans for the future, purchasing life insurance policies and investing a significant percentage of our earnings to ensure a secure future. But we’re all doing it out of fear. This prevents us from partaking in the present’s sweetness once more. As a result, always plan for the future while appreciating the present. You taking out an accidental policy does not imply that you will die in an accident; rather, you have made this decision for the sake of your family’s safety.
13. Develop the ability to let go.
Worrying too much about the future, as well as storing bad emotions, thoughts, and experiences from the past, is a huge roadblock. This causes unnecessary tension and anxiety, both of which are harmful to your health. Simply let go of the negative thoughts in your head and heart.
14. Having a conversation with a family member
Our foundation is our family. They are a rock of support and are always there for us when we need them. Because family members are nonjudgmental, talking to them makes us feel emotionally secure. This alleviates emotions of uncertainty and apprehension.
15. Don’t focus on your regrets; instead, be grateful
We forget to thank and celebrate whatever we are gifted with in our rush to be successful at a faster speed. It’s always wiser to shift gears and be appreciative for everything we have in life when going through a midlife crisis than living with the deepest regret. This is another perspective on the matter, as many others live in far worse conditions than we do.
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“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it is about stopping and dancing in the rain,” remarked a famous individual!!
Although the midlife crisis appears to be difficult, it teaches us many essential life lessons!!
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