How To Overcome the Dread Associated With Midlife Crisis

Experiencing a midlife crisis is not an uncommon phenomenon. Rather, it’s about learning to accept the changes that come with getting older. And while some may look at getting older as something to dread, below are some helpful tips on how to change your mindset for the better.

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Getting healthier

Sometimes it’s easy to neglect our personal health while on the never-ending quest to achieve our next goal. However, it’s vital that we don’t let our health play second fiddle to other aspects of our lives because in doing so we might leave ourselves feeling more vulnerable than we ought to. Moreover, choosing to adopt a healthier lifestyle can have a positive effect on our mental health too at a time when we may be feeling at an all-time low. Consult your physician/healthcare team or a physical trainer/dietician on various options you might consider. 

Practice the art of meditation

Often life can seem overwhelming to the point we can start to feel run down physically and emotionally, which can have disastrous effects on our mental well-being too. This is where practicing the art of meditation could come in handy to help you overcome any negative emotions you may be experiencing. Meditation is really just about finding ways to relax and be more present. If you do this regularly, whether it’s meditating over scripture or positive affirmations, you’re sure to feel lighter and freer over time. 

Change careers

As time goes on, our perspectives on our lives change even as it relates to our jobs. Furthermore, our jobs become more about fulfilling our purpose in life as opposed to just looking forward to a paycheck at the end of the month. So, now could be the ideal time to make that changing career-wise as you navigate this time of deep reflection. What if you became your own boss? Dr. Nademin, author of this website, embraced her entrepreneurial spirit as a Consultant with Rodan + Fields Skincare. Perhaps that’s a step while you exploring other income streams? Take a peak at perks of being a consultant. The fun perk with Rodan + Fields is your face becomes your business card.  

But what if you don’t have the time to go back to varsity to study full time. Or worse, you just feel awkward at the thought of studying alongside fresh-out-of-school learners. Then you could opt to enroll in an online degree instead. For example, by enrolling in an online-based MBA program, you can study at your own pace in the comfort of your own home and still achieve an accredited qualification. Just be sure to sign up with an institution that is accredited themselves so that your qualification will be valid at the end of the day. And be sure to shop around so that you get the best tuition rates. 

Travel more if you want to

Oftentimes, the very reason we feel boxed in and like we’re not living the best version of our lives is that we haven’t been able to do everything we imagined we would do. Take, for example, travel. Perhaps it has always been your dream to see the world, but the busyness of life somehow got in the way of that. Then now may be the time to do so that you can see life through a fresh new lens instead of dwelling on the negatives. Moreover, it could be the distraction you need to focus on the future, which could still be bright if you let it. 

Certainly, getting older is something that each and every one of us will have to accept at some point or another. But the key is never to lose sight of the gift of a new day. And once we start to live our days to the fullest, any negative feelings are sure to fade away with time.

Enjoy more resources and education in Dr. Nademin’s blog and throughout this website.

Author credit: Thanks to Julia Merrill for this submission!


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