Mid-life crisis is that transition of identity and self-confidence that can occur in middle-aged individuals between the ages of 45-64. The cause of this is usually brought about by events that highlight a person’s growing age, inevitable mortality, and possibly shortcoming of accomplishment in life. It’s thought that aging leads to feelings of depression, remorse, and anxiety. A mid-life crisis is a phase that helps people feel youthful again as they struggle to come to terms with the fact that their lives are half over.
Do feel like you are not where you ought to be? Are you unhappy with the decisions you have made so far? This might be an indication that you need to talk to a counselor to help you get a better grip on how to handle this new phase of your life.
Counselors in Orlando recommend Life Transition Therapy for individuals who are experiencing a midlife crisis as a midlife crisis could turn into something positive.
Catching yourself feeling like you’re running on autopilot with no goal or direction in sight can be disheartening. Don’t be discouraged. Take a deep breath, slow down, and use this opportunity to reassess your wishes, and course correct.
A telltale sign you're experiencing a mid-life crisis is that your plans don't work anymore. Everything you've established for yourself, your job, your normal routine, now feels stagnant, even stifling. When this happens, be kind to yourself. Give yourself permission to change tracks and start getting curious about what will serve you best at this stage of life.
Taking life-changing decisions on impulse could be a sign of a mid-life crisis. This phase of your life should be used to take stock, re-evaluate your life, and make positive changes. The best way to do this successfully is by having a mentor or coach - someone you trust to give you honest feedback, who doesn't have a vested interest in the outcome and wants you to succeed.
When you find yourself spending more time analyzing other people's lives than thinking about your future, remember that the achievements of others are largely based on a different set of opportunities that you had and choices they made that were different from yours. Would you have made similar choices in their shoes? It’s Time to stop thinking about someone else's future and start planning yours.
Feeling confused can mean that you are no longer satisfied with what you are now doing or where you are. You may still be very good at it, but don’t see how where you are will help you get to where you want to go. This is the time to take a step back and reflect on where you had clarity and perhaps how you lost it. Then create a plan to help you get back to where you want to go. With the help of a Life Transition Therapist, you can re-evaluate your goals and re-strategize on how to accomplish them. Call us or email us for a free consultation.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.