All people are different, but the self-centered interests are the one thing that unites all of us, no matter how altruistic we may seem. Those who have no ambitions focus on kitchen intrigues; those who want to conquer the world are always interested in the success of others, and once you show weakness, you immediately got taken off from the circle of their interests.
An existential crisis is a moment at which an individual questions the very foundations of their life: whether this life has any meaning, purpose, or value.
All people are different, but almost all of them experience an existential crisis at some point of their life.
None of us is able to stay on the wave of success all the time. Sometimes setbacks stab us in the back and we return to the initial point – the point of hardworking for the implementation of our plans.
Sometimes we lose motivation in the middle of the road. Sometimes we experience lack of inspiration which makes us perceive the world with skepticism. These negative periods are often called the periods of an existential crisis.
I must say the existential perception of the world is common for all creative people since they continuously analyze their internal state, trying to understand the meaning of being.
We, buzzessay professionals, have faced an existential crisis in different periods of our lives.
The Most Common Periods of an Existential Crisis
18–22 years: Self-Identification
In the end of adolescence, an individual needs to abandon the previous black-and-white judgment and understand the entire diversity of the world.
In order to successfully overcome this crisis, you have to accept yourself as you are, with all your weaknesses. Only the awareness and acceptance of it will allow you to move forward.
22–27: Re-evaluation of the Life Path
You may experience feelings of regret, doubt, missed opportunities, and unexplained anxiety.
Thus, you have to cope with the fear of change and realize that you can change your life. Moreover, in this age, an average person has a lot of new opportunities. What’s the point to worry if the future is still in your hands?
32–37: Re-evaluation/Adjustment of Life Plans
At this point, we often reassess the results achieved in family life, career, relationships, etc. from the viewpoint of personal satisfaction (“Why do I need it?”). The overcoming of this crisis lies in the recognition of your mistakes, refusal of illusions and past experiences, and the correction of life plans. Such adjustments will make you only stronger, and provide new opportunities.
37–47: Psychological Crisis of Middle Age
The leitmotif of this period is the understanding that the life is not endless. At this stage, you learn how to redistribute power and time for the most important things.
45+: Return to Initial Concepts
Many psychologists believe this is a period of a second youth. At this time, many people re-ask themselves questions typical for youth – “Who I am?” “Where am I going?”
Someone perceive these changes as a loss of meaning in life, someone see new opportunities – it depends on whether the previous crises have been overcome successfully.
The stage of meaningful maturity (50+) is associated with a new assessment of life achievements and awareness of personal freedom. You have to find new ways to apply the accumulated creative power, wisdom, love, and kindness. Then, there won’t be any space for loneliness and boredom in our soul.
The psychological crises we face in life are not separated from each other. If any problem is not solved during the previous crisis, a person will inevitably face it the next time. And then, to cope with the crisis, she/he has to go back and work on the mistakes.
However, there are some ways to change the mood from minus to plus at least for a while.
Try the tricks below and then look at the world at the different angle.
Trick to Cope with an Existential Crisis
#1 Thoughts Written Down
The presentation of your thoughts in the text form is one of the best things you can do. It allows looking at the situation from outside point of view. Most likely, you will understand the absurdity of paranoia and anger. At least, you’ll have all your problems on the paper, which is the first step of solving them.
Dating always adds meaning and takes the time. Although it’s rather silly to date someone just from the fact you have to cope with the crisis, relationships and sex are still the two strongest antidepressants.
Traveling may help you, but not in the case you’ll be without a penny after. I feel stupid to work half a year in order to fly somewhere for a few days. Such contrasts lead to another wave of existential crisis. However, try to change the environment as far as possible. It’s really a powerful bonus to your sense of self.
#4 Creative Work
Try to allocate some time for creative work, even if you do not have extraordinary abilities. The art is able to heal your soul.
Regardless you’re experiencing an existential crisis or not, it’s worth to spend a few years of life on solving your vital issues such as earning a living. You need it to be free in future. Every time we’re at the very bottom, we have a lot of motivation. But the crisis often comes when everything seems to be fine. You must be careful with your thoughts…as lack of enthusiasm for life may be fatal.