The mid-life crisis is a well-documented, and often mocked phenomenon. Characterised by major changes in lifestyle, appearance, and perhaps even the purchase of a sportscar. But, while you may have heard of a mid-life crisis, the quarter-life crisis is not as well-known or understood.
A quarter-life crisis is a period in a young adult’s life where they may experience feelings of stress and uncertainty while trying to figure out who they are and what they want to achieve in life. Typically, many people anticipate their mid-twenties and thirties to be an exciting time, but this may not always be the case.
Many people have reported feeling lost or trapped, whether personally or professionally, and uninspired during this time. Because this period in our lives is often anticipated to be the best time, a lot of young people often put a lot of pressure on themselves to live in a way beyond their means or abilities.
How long a quarter-life crisis lasts and how it comes about, is always going to be different from person to person. In some cases, the disillusion of childhood may lead you to feeling displaced. This happens as you enter the working world, and you experience life much differently than you had initially anticipated.
A lot of people report entering the working world, expecting to achieve certain goals or have everything figured out, only to find themselves feeling out of place. They may be in a career and asking themselves why it doesn’t feel like it’s working for them. This can also be true for their relationships as well as their role in their community.
In some cases, a quarter-life crisis may be triggered by life events in which someone may see their friends achieve milestones, such as getting married or a career advance, while they are not. This may typically be followed by feelings of inadequacy as they question themselves as to why this isn’t happening for them.
Here are a few typical signs of a quarter-life crisis.
Impulsive behaviour may be associated with going through a quarter-life crisis, but this isn’t always the case. However, it may be something to consider. An example is quitting your job abruptly and taking an extended travelling holiday.
Difficulty making decisions
Because you may have had an initial idea of what you thought your life would be like, you may find it difficult to decide where to go next. You may be experiencing feelings of uncertainty or doubting the path you’re on.
Looking for a change
Another common sign of a quarter-life crisis is the overwhelming feeling of wanting change. You may experience feelings of dissatisfaction with your life but not necessarily know what the issue is. This is a commonly reported symptom by many people who have gone through a quarter-life crisis.
If you’re experiencing a quarter-life crisis don’t be too quick to make drastic changes such as quitting your job or moving to another city.
Learn about yourself. Take time out to learn who you are. Society may expect you to have it all figured out the first time, but that’s seldom the case.
If you’re going through a quarter-life crisis it is important that you seek professional help. Read up on your Bestmed benefit option to see how which benefits are offered to help you manage your emotional and mental wellbeing. Speak with a mental health professional or start on your journey to inner peace and contentment with the Tempo Emotional Wellbeing Journey.
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