Midlife Crisis Management 101: Maneuvering the Middling Years

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team

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Aging does not distinguish – it happens to every single one of us. Likewise, a midlife crisis when we have hit the comfortable, graying middle-aged years is not unnatural. However, the way you handle it is in your hands! Are you handling it optimistically? Or do you not know how to deal with it? This blog will give you insight into how to cope with a midlife crisis.

1) Appreciate Yourself!

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One of the major letdowns of the midlife crisis is feeling like you are not enough or being unhappy because you think you could have done better. Understand that we cannot become everything we picture in our minds. There is a limit to which you can push yourself to attain your life goals. Practice gratitude for where you are now; you have arrived at this point in your life only because you have worked hard for it. If you are prone to putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and thinking that could have been your life if you had worked a little harder – No! Do not do that. Appreciate your efforts and be happy with the life you have managed to build.

2) Childhood Hobbies

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Most of us have engaged in a variety of activities in our youth; however, life and dreary duties get in the way and we forget simple pleasures while chasing after big dreams. Recollect those youthful hobbies – see if you are still in the game for a change. Pursue the hobby whenever you are feeling low or giving up on yourself. What you could not do when you were young, you can now do to give yourself closure. Our mind plays a cunning game – do not get played, instead playback. Roll your dice today!

3) Who Is Your Pal?

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As we grow, our perceptions and perspectives undergo radical changes. Some of us make the mistake of trying to gel with communities that can never be truly ours. And sometimes, that can lead to depression at being unable to become one among them. Ask yourself – was it necessary? No! Connect with people you actually feel close to. You may have lost touch with the good ones while you were running the race – it is time you reconnect with them. Surround yourself with like-minded people who make you feel joy and warmth.

4) Healthy Boundaries

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Let not the first thing you do in the morning be scrolling through your social media accounts. The way people project themselves on social media is not the reality of their lives, but many of us fail to see this. Start your day with mindful reading and meditation. While your coffee brews, pen down the things you are grateful for. Also, a quick reminder to witness the sunrise each day.

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At the end of the day, the little things bring out the biggest picture of your life. Think happy thoughts, do happy things, and be happy!


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