Crises exist at different points in life and with different situations too, but when you are in your twenties and anxious about where exactly your life is headed, you are most probably facing a quarter-life crisis.
This piece will be exploring signs and ways to get through your quarter-life crisis.
Dictionary.com defines it as a crisis that may be experienced in one’s twenties, involving anxiety over the direction and quality of one’s life.
Signs of a quarter-life crisis include anxiety about career or finances, relationships and getting frustrated by the least things in life.
It is, however, safe to say that most of these are driven by social media.
Scrolling through happy faces of people who have seemingly figured their lives out can leave anyone in their mid-twenties sad and frustrated.
For them, they need to escape, somehow, anyhow.
How to Get Over Your Quarter-Life Crisis
1. Life is not a race
Anyone going through this kind of crisis has to understand that life is not a race and it is perfectly okay to live at your own pace.
Stop comparing yourself with people, especially on social media, know when to use the unfollow button, if you have to.
You must not find love at a certain age, get a job worth a thousand bucks or even get married at twenty-five (for the ladies).
Stay focused on your lane.
2. Deal with it
Wishing problems away never helped anybody and it will not help you.
Admit what you are going through as normal, this can be your first step to getting a solution.
Don’t feel ashamed about your crisis, own it, talk about it to yourself first and take further steps to come out of it.
Trust me, you’re not alone.
3. Don’t Let Your Degree Define You
Many recent graduates are in their mid-twenties and feel stuck towing the path carved by their degree.
This doesn’t have to be the case.
Regardless of what your peers from school are doing, it’s okay to try a new path if you have the necessary interest and skill set to succeed.
Many people have done it and have succeeded.
Even for those who do not have the required skills, you can learn from scratch and still rise to the zenith of your career.
4. Make time for reflection
You’ve been told not to compare your life with that of your friends but reflecting on your own life is not out of place.
Reading, journaling, goal-setting, are great for reflecting on your journey so far and expectations for life ahead.
You can evaluate things like your strengths, values and priorities.
People have a certain idea of how the world works and base their decisions off that understanding.
Well, as more information and more experience comes in, they adjust.
As you age, so do your values. Take the time to define these things so you can live a life that is truly aligned with them
5. Give yourself permission to have fun.
Sometimes, having some fun is just what you need to break through your crisis.
Routine easily gets people worked up and its almost impossible to imagine life without it. Explore a new hobby or you can engage your old one.
Take a long walk, go to the beach, visit a new place, just do something fun.
A fun activity can be helpful in providing your mind with the perfect mood for a much-needed reality check.
6. Reach out for support; you are not alone
Of the many journeys, you can go solo, fixing your life is not one of them.
Reach out to trusted friends and family.
Pour out your heart to them.
Tell them those things you want to achieve, they can support you and even act as your accountability partner.
In the career field, everyone in their mid-twenties is just starting out and will need a mentor.
Somebody to look up to, someone with more experience than you and has achieved most or all of the goals you already set.
Listen to them. Take some advice. Let them help you set your life straight.
“If people just took it a day at a time, they’d be a lot happier.” ― Richard Bachman
If you have done everything listed, then relax, breathe and don’t expect overnight results.
Take life one day at a time.
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