According to experts, the traditional midlife crisis is mostly a Western myth. Only about 10% to 20% of people experience this phenomenon. However, it is common for many middle-aged people to experience a period of soul-searching. Rather than viewing this period as a crisis, try these five ways to make the second half of your life better than the first.
1. Change Careers or Start a Business
Job dissatisfaction is a common reason for people to reevaluate how they have lived their lives so far. If you are not happy with your work, consider changing careers or starting your own business. Running a business is a lot of work, but if you are selling a product or service that is in demand, that work can pay off.
Whatever you are selling, it is important to have an effective marketing strategy. Part of that strategy should be designing an appealing and creative logo to use on all your marketing materials. You don't have to pay a professional designer to create an effective logo. Instead, use an online logo maker. Choose an icon that fits with your brand, select the style you want, add some text and then adjust the colors and fonts to perfect your design.
2. Learn Something New
Midlife is a great time to start a new hobby, take some college classes or explore a new subject, such as spiritual healing. Learning something new keeps your mind active, provides you with a sense of pride and accomplishment and gives you something to be excited about. There are many courses you can take online or at your community college.
3. Sell Your Home and Move to a Favorite Place
Whether it is your childhood home or a favorite vacation spot, if you have been longing to move to a favorite place, now is the time to get a fresh start. Before you move, take some steps to get your current home ready to sell. Make any necessary updates and repairs, such as fixing leaking pipes, repairing cracked windows or replacing a worn-out roof. This type of damage can turn off buyers and may make it difficult for your home to pass an inspection that may be required to obtain financing.
4. See a Mental Health Professional
If you are experiencing a true crisis, you may need mental health support. You can access mental health services from the comfort of your own home by working with an online therapist. Online therapy is private, secure, convenient and does not require the same level of commitment as in-person appointments. Using an online therapist means you aren't limited to only the licensed professionals in your local area. Online appointments save you time on travel and usually cost less than in-person appointments. Many therapists offer a free consultation so that you can try out their services before committing to a payment schedule.
5. Find New Ways To Stay Active
Exercise has numerous benefits for physical and mental health. Exercise reduces stress and sharpens focus; however, doing the same exercise for years can get boring. Find new ways to stay active. Consider taking a dance class, joining a local sports league or taking up a new active hobby.
Midlife is the perfect time to reinvent yourself. Whether you are facing an actual midlife crisis or just contemplating what you have done with your life so far, your attitude can turn a negative experience into a positive one. Sell your home and move, start talking to a therapist, learn a new skill or trade — if it makes you feel satisfied with your life, then make it happen.
Sharon Redd created Live All the Way to help others live life to the ABSOLUTE FULLEST. She believes life all the way is a life with all the toppings! It’s ordering guacamole and queso at the restaurant. It’s wearing those bright pink shoes, no matter what anyone else thinks. It’s using your formal china for every meal and hugging your friends every time you see them. It’s eating ice cream for breakfast and so much more. Her goal, each and every day, is to live all the way and her mission is to help others do the same. Thank you Sharon for this article, your joyful expression and the guided tour.