Sophie Letts, YogaFor Vets contributing Writer/Blogger….
Finding Positivity Amidst a Mid-Life Crisis
Mid-life crises are infamous for the associated shake-ups – job losses, divorces, declining health, financial instability, and massive personality changes, among other things. If you’re undergoing such a crisis yourself, take heart. Even if you feel like your world is falling apart, try to find the silver lining in the turbulence. Sometimes loss can be a good thing. It’s only when the old is cleared away can something new take its place.
This shift may actually be a blessing in disguise, allowing you to try different things, be different, and live differently. Here, Yoga For Vets explains how you could be positive and make your mid-life crisis a life-affirming experience:
Lose the resistance and change your attitude
Human beings naturally fear the unknown and resist change. But you can’t resist your mid-life crisis or associated changes – resistance only leads to pain, says the Awakened Mind Institute. Realize that change is the only constant in life and that this, too, shall pass. If you can learn to accept the way things are and attempt to see the turbulence as a good thing, you could, slowly and steadily, create a stronger, better life for yourself.
Figure out what matters to you – and back yourself
The old way of living life or doing things may no longer appeal to you. That’s par for the course during a mid-life crisis. You may not find as much joy in your job, relationships, and lifestyle, for instance. Mid-life crises are when people frequently find their “calling” or life purpose. You must sit down with yourself and try to figure out what truly matters to you now. This is your opportunity to do what you’ve always wanted or be the person you’ve always wanted to be.
Take better care of yourself
Being in good health is essential to making it through your crisis intact. If you’ve always been a bit lax about your health, you could change that by creating a self-care routine designed for better emotional, mental, and physical well-being. You could exercise more, eat better, spend time in nature, spend time with friends and family, and generally prioritize your health. You could sign up for a free yoga class for a fun way to stay in shape (and make friends with like-minded people).
Get gardening for better mental wellbeing
Gardening is one of the most low-effort but high-reward activities you could do. It has significant mental health benefits – it is soothing and uplifting, busts stress, reduces blood pressure, and automatically makes you happier. You don’t need much time, energy, or money to garden either – and growing vegetables could save you money. Before getting started, you should consult online resources that offer in-depth product reviews and expert gardening advice to learn more about gardening.
Have new experiences
If you feel the joy from life is missing, having new experiences can help you to feel alive again. You could do the things you’ve always wanted to do – pick up a new hobby, meet new people, travel to faraway places, watch movies, and generally do whatever it takes to make yourself happy. Contrary to what you might think, you don’t need boatloads of money to do something new. Inverse offers a collection of 41 cheap, fascinating activities that make people happy.
Change your career and launch a new business
You may find that your old career no longer fulfills you. You could go in a different career direction – up-skill, apply for new jobs, and maybe change industries. You could, alternatively, start your own business. It’s easy if you organize yourself and create a solid business plan. This document helps you solidify your business vision. It covers key business details like your business structure, your funding, financial projections, market conditions, and achieving business goals.
Go back to school for career, business, and life success
Going back to school could help you become more successful in your career or business, opening up new doors and money-making opportunities. Furthermore, learning can be fun and add value to your life. If time is a constraint, you could pick an online degree program. This may help you find time for family and work while you learn. When looking for an online school, make sure it’s accredited and offers competitive tuition rates.
Attempting to build and maintain a positive attitude will help you survive and, indeed, thrive during your mid-life crisis. Look after your health, whether you garden or practice a self-care routine, and do whatever it takes to make yourself happy. Don’t be afraid of making sweeping, positive changes to build a better life for yourself.