Are you 40-60 yrs old and feel Anxious, Depressed or Dissatisfied with your life?
do you feel a sense of urgency about making a change in your life?
Has a health scare, parental death or empty nest Caused you to re-evaluate your priorities?
What is a Mid-Life Transition?
Realizing that life is short and does not last forever takes on a heightened significance during the mid-life years of our lives. We typically define a mid-life transition as the period between 40-60 when individuals develop a sense of urgency to reassess both life and its meaning. During this period people often question their decisions, take stock of their lives and make adjustments to long-held priorities, beliefs and practices.
While many people experience mid-life as a tremendous opportunity for reinvention and growth, others struggle to adjust to the changes that accompany this life stage. Adjusting to the challenges and changes during this transition period may precipitate a mid-life crisis.
What is a Mid-Life Crisis?
A ‘mid-life crisis’ describes the major transition of identity that takes place in the mid-life years of our lives. Adjusting to a mid-life transition often results in emotional and behavioural responses related to these changes.
Signs and Symptoms of a Mid-life Crisis
Although people respond to mid-life transitions in different ways, common signs and symptoms you may be experiencing a “mid-life crisis” include:
Dissatisfaction, boredom, restlessness with life, career, relationships, etc.
Frustration, avoidance and/or denial of aging; attempts to recapture youth
Regrets and questioning of past decisions
Dramatic changes in habits and behaviours
Impulsive decision-making, risk-taking
Loss of confidence, unfavourable comparisons to others
Fears, preoccupation about one's mortality
Feeling trapped, lost or stuck
Infidelity, extra-marital affairs
Depression, anxiety, anger, irritability
Strong need to reinvent oneself; find a purpose; act in one's self-interest
Causes of a Mid-Life Crisis
Several experiences can trigger a profound shift or crisis in mid-life including:
Loss of a loved one, (e.g. death of a parent, spouse, child etc.)
Changes in physical appearance, (e.g. weight gain, less attractive)
Changes in relationship status, (e.g. separation, divorce, widowhood)
A medical diagnosis, change in health status
Becoming a grandparent, empty nester, (e.g. youngest child leaves home)
Reproductive changes, (e.g. infertility, menopause)
Work-related changes, (e.g. job loss, denied a promotion, demotion)
How Can Counselling and Therapy for Mid-Life Transitions Help?
At Counselling Associates, we provide a safe, welcoming space for you to reflect, process and explore your feelings, fears and hopes related to your mid-life transition. We will work collaboratively to:
Improve your overall coping response to the crisis or transition
Process past experiences and patterns contributing to your response
Re-frame the meaning of the transition to uncover its growth-enhancing potential
Develop insight, skills and internal strengths to improve your coping response
Identify healthy behaviours, actions, and choices that facilitate a healthier transition
Discover new goals and aspirations for the second half of your life
Embrace and integrate the wisdom, confidence and self-knowledge that comes with age and experience
Our skilled and compassionate therapists can help you to determine the changes you need and want to make, and take action towards achieving a richer, more balanced mid-life.
Struggling through Mid-Life Transtion? You are not Alone!
According to Statistics Canada 1 in 4 Canadians will be over 65 by the year 2031. Millions of Canadians, therefore, are transitioning into mid-life or will be in the next few years.
If you are experiencing a difficult mid-life transition, there is no reason to go it alone. Let us help you make meaning of your mid-life transition and embark on the second half of your life's adventure with new peace, meaning, and purpose.