Existential Crisis

Have you ever had an existential crisis?

An existential crisis is considered to be: when the answers you previously had to questions about the meaning of life — as well as your place in it — no longer provide satisfaction, direction or peace of mind.

It’s scary.

It’s also something that is not altogether uncommon.

Many are thrown into existential crisis by drug addiction, alcoholism, psychosis, a breakup, or someone close to them dying. But boredom can also lead to existential crisis.

How does one deal with existential crisis?

Re-order your mind by examining the things you once found joy, seeking out council, or going on a quest for new meaning. Just because what once allowed you the satisfaction of meaning is gone, doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll never get a sense of meaning back.

Remember everything is temporary

If you need a therapist, a hotline, or medicine – get the help you need. There is such a thing as clinical depression and if the problem persists for years it may not be temporary. For most types of extreme upheaval, or even thrilling joy – there will come a time when the strong emotions dissipate.

To speed this process up – seek to help others.

By looking outside yourself, and finding ways to help the community – by sharing knowledge, your time, and your effort you can get out of the ‘self focus’ that often disturbs us to our core.

You can:

  • Share a mix of music with a friend
  • Volunteer at a shelter or food shelf
  • Seek out people that had a problem like yours and help them.
  • Do something nice for your wife/husband/parents/brother/sister etc.
  • Do the dishes, and clean the house.

Of course not every existential crisis is the end of the world.

Some people find that having an existential crisis provided the basis for building something valuable in their life.

People often refer to a “rock bottom” as a time of re-growth, and coming to grips with the things that they feel should be really important in their life. For me that was the case, and my existential crisis was emotionally painful, but ultimately I credit it with saving my life. At least I know my existential crisis – mine being a psychotic break – shook up my life to the absolute core, and with the help of community I was able to bring back the semblance of a beautiful life.

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