“Wait, is this a thing?! Thank God, I thought I was going crazy.”
You may be relieved to discover that a mid twenties (or a quarter-life) crisis is a real, proven, season many young people (including your peers) go through.
Whether the daily grind is getting you down or the sudden realization that you don’t rule the world yet as planned at age 25, then you are in the right place.
In this short post, we are going to lay out some practical steps you can take to beat the mid twenties crisis and get back on track to world domination.
Let’s get to it!
What are the symptoms of a quarter life crisis?
- Feeling like your stuck: in a job, in relationships, in a cycle.
- You are comparing yourself to other people… A LOT.
- It feels like you aren’t achieving your goals/dreams.
- Thinking that you would be further along than you are by now.
Others have reported things like:
- Binge watching childhood tv shows.
- Eating copious amounts of cereal.
- A general ‘I just want to stay in bed under the covers’ approach to life.
Well, don’t worry, if any of these points resonate with you then we have just what the doctor ordered.
How to deal with your mid twenties crisis.
Below are our suggestions to start tackling your mid twenties crisis head on and not just ‘get by’ in this season but to use it to push you forward and THRIVE!
Beat the daily grind by switching up your routine.
If you feel like you’re stuck in this constant cycle then switching up your routine might just be what is needed.
As we venture into adulthood we tend to slowly drift towards security and routine. This is natural and healthy but often we go overboard which leaves us bored and understimulated.
Give up Netflix for a month. Delete your social media apps. Stop going to the same bar every week.
Force yourself out of the little ruts you find yourself and step out into the big bad parts of the world you are currently not experiencing.
Do something different.
If you are constantly doing the same thing over and over again, then chances are you’re doing it with the same people and it has just become routine.
Starting a new hobby or committing yourself to obtaining a new skill like learning a new language, becoming a wine expert or writing short stories as part of a creative writing group, may give you a nudge in the right direction and bring back some of that excitement for life that you once had.
By putting yourself out there in new environments you mostly likely will meet new people, different to you and your current social circles.
Not only is this really interesting but a great way to challenge yourself to grow, flourish and hey, you may even find a new BFF along the way.
Hang out with people who are not in their twenties.
If all your peers are in the exact same boat then it’s probably not a very conducive environment for you to beat this thing.
It’s great to have people who are going through the same thing you are – but you will be unlikely to experience any great revelation while hanging out with your mid twenties friends about how to overcome a mid twenties crisis.
Older people are a great place to turn to because… well, they’ve made it out the other side.
Have coffee with the 40-year-old in your life, play chess with the old guy in the park. Hell, even call your parents! This is a great way to see life from a different perspective and become aware that there really is a light at the end of this tunnel.
It’s not just older folk who you may benefit from, swinging the other way may also prove to be helpful.
Babysitting your friend’s kids is a great way to interact and be inspired by the innocence and hunger for life that a child has (not to mention a nice way to make a little extra cash on the side.)
Make the most of your twenties.
When you take a step back and realize just how much opportunity you have in front of you, it can make you go from loathing your twenties to loving them.
Chances are you have the ability to do things now that may be harder to do in the future. Traveling, working and studying abroad, taking a career change, or even running a marathon are all easier when you are still young, wild and free.
Realize that life is a marathon, not a sprint.
Speaking of marathons, realizing life isn’t a sprint can set you free from a lot of the expectations you have and frustrations about not achieving goals as quickly as you’d like.
Take joy in the fact that it is a quarter-life crisis, meaning, you still have 75% of life to achieve those goals.
By making some smart choices in your twenties, you may actually set yourself up for success throughout the rest of your life.
Take your eyes off the people running beside you and focus on running your own race in the best way you can, towards your own finish line that you have in mind.
Oh and one last thing. Don’t forget to enjoy the journey!
Hack your way through your mid twenties crisis.
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