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Is a midlife crisis such a bad thing?

September 21, 2012

We all have our own stereotypical images of what the midlife crisis looks like: people dumping their long-term partners for younger models, men buying expensive sports cars, women splashing out on cosmetic surgery.

But is a sense of restless and dissatisfaction in itself a bad thing?  Not if you see that as a sign that your body is telling you to make some positive changes in your life, for your own wellbeing.

Writer Jim Taylor, a professor at San Francisco University, takes a more upbeat view of the midlife crisis in a recent blog, and shares some thoughts from a friend that made him feel more comfortable with his feelings of stress:

“I actually think our generation’s version of a midlife crisis could be a good thing. Mine anyway, powered by a growing sense of my own mortality and some vestigial feeling of re-birth, is all about becoming even more interesting to myself and to my wife and children. At this point in his life my dad was sinking deeper into a leather chair and a copy of Time magazine. On the other hand I still think I can become a better athlete, a better dad, husband, friend, pilot, leader, you name it. Maybe that’s totally silly, but I feel a certain urgency to try. I think my midlife crisis is in some ways accelerating what I hope is an unconventional narrative; not a slowing and sliding into a life of comfort.”

Does this sound like you?  You’re not deeply depressed or anxious, but just feel like you want to get more out of your career, your relationships and life in general?

You don’t just have to talk to a professional psychologist when you’ve been diagnosed with something.  Life coaching is an idea that’s gaining more and more traction as something that can help you get more out of your life and move you closer to where you want to be.

Call Life Resolutions today on 1300 668 256 if you’d like to find out more about our life coaching services, or use the email contact form on our website.

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