We’re two months away from the end of the year—the end of the decade, even—where did all the time go? For many 20- and 30-somethings, the end of the year brings with it a mixed bag of feels. Sure, the holiday parties are fun and all, but the end of the year can send others into a downward spiral of uncomfortable questions, such as “Why am I doing this?”; “Am I squandering my youth?”; “Is this all there is to life?”
If this sounds familiar, you’re likely experiencing the run-of-the-mill quarter life crisis. But don’t worry, this feeling of uncertainty and discomfort isn’t going to last forever—that is, if you face it head on and do something about it. Follow these steps on how to overcome your quarter life crisis and emerge a better person.
Acknowledge your feelings
But having a crisis in your 20s and 30s is completely expected. Many successful people have experienced similar crises, so you’re in good company.
Stop comparing yourself to others
By now you probably already know that comparing yourself with your peers is a terrible idea, but once you fall into the comparison game, it’s hard to stop. Remember that what you see on social media is everyone’s highlight reel, and that it doesn’t reflect real life.
If you can, limit your time on social media for your mental health, or take a break from it entirely.
Talk to someone about it
To unlock Life 2.0, you need to put in the work and ask yourself the tough questions. What is it about your current life that’s leaving you dissatisfied? What can you change? Is the problem really the externalities, or should you be working on how you respond to your environment? What do you really want to do?
Set realistic goals
Once you have a better sense of what you want from life, start slow. There’s nothing wrong with being ambitious, but setting small, achievable goals will make you feel more accomplished and positive about your future.
Step out of your comfort zone
Surround yourself with positive people
Remember: this too shall pass
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