By following a few simple steps, it is possible to avoid a midlife crisis. An awareness and a deliberate effort are important as you seek to overcome the “middle age blues.”
- Choose a simple life. Fancy cars. A big house. Expensive clothes. Luxury vacations. While these things seem to offer happiness and contentment, they usually offer just the opposite. While a few nice things are acceptable, making “having it all” your life’s goal is the perfect storm for a midlife crisis. Settling for a simpler life is one way to avoid a midlife crisis.
- Recognize that dissatisfaction is a choice. While the choice may be more difficult at times than others, it is important to make a conscious enjoy to enjoy one’s lot in life. Everyone has a bad day. Allowing yourself to wallow in despair for weeks is something you do not have to do, not matter how bad life’s circumstances are. Focus on the positives, whether they be relationships, career advancement, or the like, during the tough times to transform your thought patterns.
- Stay healthy. Eating healthy does more than just keep your waistline thin. It also keeps your mind healthy and strong. One of the best ways to avoid a midlife crisis is to focus on health instead of wealth. It’s a recipe for a longer, happier life.
- Exercise. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that gives you energy and an overall feeling of well-being. Making exercise a habit that works as a great stress buster.
- Set goals. One reason people hit a mid-life crisis is that they achieve everything they want in their career and family and then are lost when they feel like they have nothing left to accomplish. Setting annual goals and breaking them down quarterly and monthly throughout the year is a great way to avoid a mid-life crisis.
- Get involved in charity work. Find a charity that is personally important you. For example, if a parent died of cancer, the American Cancer Society would be a good choice since you have a very personal reason to help the charity.
- Seek medical help, in needed. If feelings of depression begin to dominate your thoughts and life, seek professional help. Temporarily using medication or a hormone replacement therapy to cope with life’s changing pace is nothing for which to be ashamed. Sometimes the extra push will get you out of the rut and back on track.