Most people will experience a change in their emotions and moods at a point in their lives. This is usually a transition in which they live their lives or adjustments within aspects of their lives. There are many feelings behind a person experiencing a midlife crisis. These can include unhappiness or boredom with their lifestyle. We may feel that there is a need for change or some form of adventure within our lives to help us to overcome this midlife crisis. Confusion about our lives and questioning any decisions that are made is another aspect.
Another factor that may be involved in a midlife crisis is the feeling of anger towards a loved one.
It is difficult going through a midlife crisis as sometimes it is not a simple and easy fix. Experiencing stress in other parts of your life will be more likely to affect the way you think about other aspects of your life and may be more likely to lead to a midlife crisis. For example, if someone is in debt or they have just gone through a significant loss.
Most people are able to come out of their midlife crisis smoothly without finding any major changes within their lives. However, sometimes it can be more complicated and there is more of a need for help within their lives. This is where help from a professional will be supportive and will be likely to benefit the individual.
Types of help available for a Midlife Crisis
Drug therapies are not recommended as the first-line treatment for a midlife crisis.
Psychological therapy is recommended, especially if the symptoms are severe. Therapy or counselling can help you to develop healthier coping strategies, and to transition into the next stage of life with greater self-awareness and self-compassion. This usually involves identifying your values and learning to accept events to commit to change.
Types of therapy that may help with a midlife crisis include:
The Hope Street Centre in Sandbach provides help for midlife crises in Cheshire, Sandbach, Alsager, Crewe, Stoke-on-Trent, Northwich, Nantwich and Warrington.