My Quarter Life Crisis and How I Overcame It

I'm usually a very positive and optimistic person. I don't sweat about a lot of things in life and I experience stress maybe once every six months. However, July 2018 was a different story. Let me tell you about my quarter life crisis and how I overcame it.  

It all started one sunny Wednesday morning. It was my day off, I had plans to be productive the whole day. I even scheduled in a session at the gym. Sadly, my mood had a different plan. My motivation was completely gone and I just wanted to stay in bed as soon as I woke up. This was a strange feeling for me, something I'm totally not used to. At first I didn't understand what was happening. I wasn't on my period, it was super sunny outside, I had plans to go to a friends birthday party. I kept trying to find a reason for this slump in my mood, but nothing was coming up. 

After a few hours of rolling around I realised that I just wasn't happy with my life and where it was headed. I felt like everyone around me were doing something about their lives, growing up, buying houses, getting their dream jobs. And then me, rolling around the bed on a Wednesday afternoon. I basically felt like I'm not going anywhere. Like I was stagnant water that's a bit smelly. Like I'm doing nothing with my time. I'm 26 years old and not nearly as successful as I wanted to be by this age. 

A week passed. My mood didn't improve. What made it worse was the fact that R was going away for the weekend. Usually I love to have the flat all to myself or have the girls around for some drinks and food. This was the first time in our relationship I was actually really sad to see him go. I felt like my safety blanket was taken away from me and now I'm totally on my own. This was the turning point for me. This was the moment I knew I had to change something or I'll stay forever sad. So here are some things and routine changes that helped me to get out of the slump. 

I started going to the gym. I got new cute gym attire, found a fitness program that is suitable for me and persisted with it. Daily exercise made me feel so much better about myself. Exercise gave me a reason to get out of the bed in the mornings and gave me a boost of energy. My advice is to find the type of exercise you enjoy. I prefer circuits and weight lifting, so my gym guide consists of mostly that. Now I am actually excited to be able to lift a heavier weight than the week before.

Another thing that helped me with my quarter life crisis was finding out what was the main reason that was making me so sad and moody. For me it was definitely the feeling of no success and no development. So I am restarting this blog, applying for new jobs and looking at different courses I could do to kick start my self development. Feeling like I have something to work on, look forward to always makes me feel more in control of my life. I don't feel like I am just wasting away anymore.

And lastly eating good and drinking loads of water. As cliché as it sounds, but eating clean and good foods definitely improved my mindset. My body and brain was fuelled by good stuff full of nutritional value. My diet has always been a big struggle for me. I binge, I love chocolate and fatty foods. Whenever I have my horrible binging stages, I just feel so bad about myself and my body. It just made sense that staying on track with my diet will definitely influence my mood and confidence levels.

Let me know if you would like to add anything to this list. Let's beat whatever life crisis we have together!

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