Do you feel uncertain about your choices and unclear about where you’re headed in life?
“YOU AREN’T SURE IF YOU’RE MAKING THE RIGHT DECISION ABOUT ANYTHING, EVER.” — Joan Didion
WE OFFER QUARTER LIFE CRISIS THERAPY IN CHICAGO AND WILL HELP YOU WITH SUPPORT AND TOOLS.
You may not even be aware that the feelings of intense stress, loneliness, disappointment and uncertainty you have are signs that you may be experiencing a QLC. This transitional phase from pre-adult life to adult life can cause a significant amount of stress and anxiety.
You feel like you want to “escape” from something, but it’s hard to identify just what that is.
If these situations sound familiar, you could be in the midst of a QLC. How can you simultaneously continue in your current life situation while you begin to cope with this uncertainty and begin to explore other possibilities?
You may feel unhappy, frustrated or disillusioned because you are not living up to the expectations about adulthood you once held. Naturally, these expectations will shift as you gain more life experience and discover more about who you are and what brings you joy and fulfillment. The QLC may become triggered through the worry and stress of where you actually are versus where you thought you should be at this time. You may begin to feel panic or shame associated with unmet expectations.
Under Pressure? There is a cultural perception that young adults are in the prime of their lives. They are able to make spontaneous choices and live freely before they have more serious responsibilities.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
- Feeling trapped in your career, location, or relationship
- Low motivation
- Feelings of inadequacy
Managing the Quarter Life Crisis.
How can you cope with the QLC and emerge with a clearer direction, fresh perspective and renewed sense of fulfillment?
Stay out of comparison – resist the urge to compare yourself to others and how perfect you perceive their lives to be. Practice self- compassion for where you are now and how you’re feeling.
What you’re going through is normal – We know it feels like a crisis and you may feel alone, but this is a normal phase in your twenties. It is absolutely normal that you are questioning things and hoping for greater satisfaction, stability and success.
Set realistic goals – don’t overwhelm yourself trying to change everything at once. Do choose one area (employment, relationship or geographic location) to explore first and slowly begin to make the changes one step at a time
Explore your possibilities – discover what piques your interest, explore where you want to live, and clarify what values are important to you, both in your personal and professional life.
There may be a time when the stress of the QLC feels too overwhelming and you need support and guidance from a professional. The therapists at Lincoln Park Therapy Group can listen to your unique experience, explore your feelings and provide support as you find meaning and fulfillment in your life. Contact us to set up time to come in and talk with one of our therapists. We’d love to meet you.