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  • Writer's pictureMichele Andorfer

Making the Most of a Midlife "Crisis"

Typically when we hear the phrase “midlife crisis” we think of people going through challenging times. However, challenging times can actually be opportunities for growth and transformation - which is a positive thing and not a crisis at all. It can ultimately become a time in your life where you get clarity and reclaim your joy - if you choose to view it as a growth opportunity. 

It used to be that many people would choose a job or career when they were 19 or 20 and stay with that job or career forever. That isn’t always the case anymore. A lot of people are finding new interests, rediscovering themselves, or finding success in new careers way past “middle” age. 

It really is about your perspective. Here are some excellent tips for navigating through a midlife “crisis.”

What is a Midlife Crisis?

According to Psychology Today, a midlife crisis is “emotional turmoil marked by a strong desire for change.”  Historically it has been viewed as a negative experience.  Some have even referred to individuals going through a midlife crisis as someone who was “losing their mind”. A modern perspective on this emotional turmoil and desire for change is that it is just a  time to reevaluate our goals and priorities. 

Reframing a Midlife Crisis

If you feel yourself spiraling into a crisis, the first thing you should do is step back and reframe the situation by viewing it as a transition and not a crisis. A transition isn’t bad, it’s just something new.  Maybe you are considering a new career, taking up a new hobby, or adjusting to an empty nest - all are new transitions that can lead to fulfillment and happiness. 

Shifting Your Mindset

When you are reframing, or rethinking about a transition, consider  shifting your mindset. When you shift to a growth mindset, you’ll start to see possibilities that you may not have noticed previously. Instead of feeling stuck where you are, you’ll see the potential this transition has and the positive changes it can make in your life.

Embrace This New Life

One of the reasons why a midlife “crisis” was previously viewed as a negative experience was because people often mourned what they were leaving behind. Instead of mourning what no longer exists, celebrate the opportunities it presents. Be happy for the life and experiences you’ve had and embrace the new journeys and challenges ahead.

Accept Help

Whether it’s a new job, a new relationship, or a new home, transitions at any stage of life come with a lot of emotions – some positive, some negative, and some indifferent. If you need help sorting through them and finding the clarity you need to embrace this next chapter in your life, my one-on-one coaching opportunity could be the solution to your problems.

Reach out today to learn more about how you can tap into my expertise to help you move through this transition and learn how to flourish at any stage of the game.



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