It’s common throughout the middle period of our lives to feel, for lack of a better term, adrift. By the time we’ve reached our 40s, we’ve experienced much of life’s novelties, plenty of heartaches, and certain parts of our bodies (may) have begun to creak. The good news is, with a bit of exploring, it’s possible to discover fresh experiences, uncover revelations about the self and spark renewed inspiration. Lewis Performance Training shares a few simple tips to get you started.
Meditation is an excellent way to explore the inner self and put to rest any feelings of mid-life anxiety. As Yogigo notes, there are over 12 styles of meditation, each with its own unique methods and benefits - mindfulness meditation, for example, can be useful for ‘fighting intolerance’ and helping you to better understand yourself. Focused meditation, on the other hand, can help a scattered brain to instead focus on specific tasks.
With so many new leaps in technological innovation, it would be a shame to disregard the role of gadgets, apps, and specialized equipment in helping us to attain a stronger, more confident self. You can indirectly address your and your family's health with a few key purchases - air quality monitors, for example, ensure everyone is breathing in clean, safe oxygen throughout the day.
Books are an indispensable ally during the middle years of our lives as we work to understand new perspectives and philosophies and explore life’s greater meanings. There are plenty of nonfiction self-help books that were written with an aim to reshape outlooks and offer fresh resolve. Alternatively, it might be a good time to explore the classic works of literature that have shaped society as we know it - many of life’s most important lessons were first anthologized in the past.
Just because you’re not in your 20s doesn’t mean you should be restricted to one locality. Travel can have universal benefits, and if you’re feeling stuck, sometimes the best medicine is to blast your way out of your comfort zone and onto new horizons. Whether you’re exploring a new part of the country or journeying overseas, you’ll be sure to encounter exciting new mindsets and cultures with an open mind.
Also consider getting a companion dog, whether from a pet store or a shelter. Caring for a new pet has rewards of its own, such as refocusing to tend to their needs and wellbeing, but getting out with your dog can give you a better outlook on life. Even a simple walk around the block promotes exercise and getting a breath of fresh air. Of course, you’ll want to have all the necessities for Fido before bringing him home, including food and water bowls, food, and a few toys and treats. And for the walks, a collar and leash are essential, and a quality, durable harness is always a good idea. For these items, go online and check out unbiased and informed sites that have product reviews so you’ll be confident you’re getting your money’s worth.
It’s a stereotype that, in our middle lives, we tend to hyper-focus on new hobbies. If you can look past this stereotype, you’ll find there is profound reward in enjoying the simple things and carrying out a task or project for no other reason than enjoyment. A good example of this is in plant care or gardening; with some dedication, it’s possible to produce healthy, edible food that you and your family can enjoy or to cultivate your own indoor/outdoor garden that will bring joy and peace to anyone nearby.
Sometimes, adjustments to our lifestyle are not enough to bring wellness. By our middle ages, we’ve all accumulated negative experiences that can affect us in the present, and it may be necessary to consult a professional to overcome them. Fortunately, online therapy has made seeking help more convenient, secure, private, and less of a commitment than in-person therapy. Then there’s the cost of a therapist, which, as Talkspace points out, is often lesser when you seek help virtually. Some practices will offer a wide variety of licensed experts to choose from, and many of these provide free consultations to ensure you find the right match.
For many of us, mid-life can begin to feel slow and draining, but it is often in this period of internal conflict that we come to our most important revelations. If you’re feeling in a rut, start by accepting and reflecting on your emotions, rather than pushing them away or blaming yourself.
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Written by Kimberly Hayes
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