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30s Life Crisis Is a Real Thing

By Tiffany Thomas
Posted On Jun 16, 2016
30s Life Crisis Is a Real Thing

We’re all familiar with a mid-life crisis, but we never think it will happen to us until we’re celebrating our 40th birthday, at least. However, studies are proving that having a mid-life crisis is now something that 30 something-year-olds experience.

The reason for this is attributed to the fact that your 30s is a time when you will probably be the most unsure about your life because you’re seeing so many different things around you, which in turns creates an inner battle between the “living care free” self and the “I need to settle down” self.

If you think about it, your circle of friends are pretty diverse. You have the single friend, the married friend, the divorced friend, and the friend who already has three kids. Each of those scenarios bring with it a plethora of different high-pressure situations that can cause a spike in stress levels.

Take, for instance, the 30-year-old who is constantly being asked when she plans on getting married, or the 37-year-old who just went through a tough divorce with the person who thought she would spend the rest of her life with, or even the 35-year-old who has two toddlers at home with no additional helping hand, and on the flip side, the 33-year-old being constantly told that her “biological clock is ticking.” Each one of these women is experiencing struggles simultaneously, but they all deal with it differently.

The truth is, life will always throw you curve balls and go in a particular direction that you didn’t necessarily prepare for, and since we’re not Beyoncé, sometimes it isn’t that simple to just make lemonade—so we panic.

A few signs to look out for if you’re wondering whether are not you may be experiencing your 30s crisis includes:

  • Comparing yourself to your other successful peers more than average
  • Making huge purchases
  • Desiring to quit your job
  • Dissatisfaction with your overall appearance
  • Change of habits
  • Constantly asking yourself about the direction of your life
  • Excessively looking back at your past
  • Disconnecting with friends
  • Feeling deep sadness

Luckily, there are things you can practice that’ll make your days filled with much less hassle:

  • Seek help from a professional
  • Volunteer More
  • Think carefully before making any drastic changes
  • Acknowledge the crisis
  • Try new activities
  • Talk through your struggles with family members
  • Exercise regularly
  • Create new goals

If you feel like you’re currently in your 30s life crisis, not to worry. It’s completely normal to have phases where you feel like things are not going as well as you’d like. However, if you feel as though it is more serious, it’s recommended to seek professional help for your best solution.

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