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It is quite common to start feeling directionless and purposeless in the prime of your life. Because it feels like you have a whole life ahead of you that you have no idea what to do with. But at the same time, you feel old enough to have a solid plan for the next five years at least.
As my quarter-life crisis started to grow to the point that I felt depressed, I decided to do something about it. I can't claim the feeling went away altogether. But I did start to feel better about myself. Here are some things you could try too:
1. Talk to someone
Chances are, you are not the only person in your age group who has no idea what they are doing with their life. Everyone has felt like this at some point or the other. Talk about your feelings to someone you trust, a friend, a parent, a sibling, someone who will validate your feelings, not underestimate them. If this doesn't seem possible for now, make a journal. Jot down your feelings every time you feel overwhelmed. After a few years, you will have a record of your journey.
2. Write down your goals
Goals are easier to focus on when they are short term. First, make a list of all the things you would like to be done with within the next five years of your life. For example, it could be travelling three countries. Next, make a list of things that you could do to achieve your five year goals. For example, in order to travel, you might need to save money. Now, make monthly goals that support your bigger goals. You could, let's say, fix a goal of spending a particular amount of money while saving a certain amount. This way, you take little steps towards your bigger goals. Also, do remember to monitor your progress!
Whether or not you have a career and plan that you are focused on, it's always better to find some time to do things for others. There's a beautiful satisfaction you feel after doing things without expecting anything in return. You might even find something that you would like to do for the rest of your life.
4. Try new things
You might find yourself wanting to try everything in the world and to be honest, it doesn't hurt to try. It is always better to do things and fail at them rather than feel regretful later on for not having even tried.
5. Take a social media break
It can get overwhelming to see everyone living their best life on social media. But what you see is not the entire truth. You only see the good side of their lives while they too are struggling with things they don't share on social media platforms. It's best to take little breaks every once in a while or reduce your daily usage of social media.