Entering middle age can lead to restlessness and boredom. Here's how to make the best of your midlife malaise, no bright-red sports car required.
: Seek help from a counselor or therapist if you are exhibiting signs of serious depression.
Step 1: Acknowledge your issues If you're having problems with your career or relationships, don't sweep them under the rug. Acknowledge what's bothering you so you can deal with a crisis before it becomes a catastrophe.
Step 2: Reinvigorate your relationships Reinvigorate your relationships by spending more time with your significant other, children, and friends, and less time at work. The transition into midlife can provide a great opportunity to reflect on what's really important.
TIP: Don't do anything rash, like leaping into an extramarital affair or buying an expensive new car. Impulsive actions may make you feel better in the short term, but they won't address any of the causes of your crisis.
Step 3: Exercise Eat well and exercise to combat the health concerns that often go along with getting older. Join a gym, practice yoga, or take up a new sport. A regular fitness regimen will keep you energized, feeling good about your body, and ready to tackle this next phase in life.
Step 4: Get spiritual Get in touch with your spiritual side, whether it's practicing your religious faith, communing with nature, indulging your inner artist, or volunteering in your community. In a time when you may be searching for meaning in your life, these endeavors will provide some answers.
Step 5: Try new things Channel your restlessness into productivity. Take a class, go back to school, try new foods, read books you normally wouldn't touch, or plan a trip. Midlife can be a tremendous time for personal growth.
Step 6: Stay positive Stay positive and focus on your strengths. As midlife approaches, feelings of regret and failure are not uncommon. Instead of reliving past disappointments, draw on your successes to lead you forward. You've got the best years of your life ahead of you.
FACT: A study found that women are twice as likely as men to feel optimistic about the future at middle age.