Midlife crisis, even with its existence still under debate, heralds a pretty tough phase of human life. People who suffer at its hands experience a wide range of negative emotions – pain, hurt, anger, stress, disorientation, midlife depression and a general disinterest in life. Needless to say, when such a gamut of negative emotions work in tandem, things could escalate pretty quickly, and pretty badly.
To avoid such a chain of emotions from affecting and worsening the midlife crisis, it is important that a practical solution is found to tackle this problem. That solution may differ on a case to case basis but all of these probable solutions must have one thing in common – they must help to rejuvenate and put us in a position from where one could think with a clear mind. And one thing that could do this with aplomb is a holiday, or to go one better, a midlife solo trip!
It may not seem so obvious but a midlife solo trip could help to tackle the inner demons and ultimately get over those midlife blues and stress. Don’t believe that? Well then maybe the following points would get the idea across successfully.
Travelling without any pressure
While on a midlife vacation with no one to keep us company; basically a solo travelling adventure, we are free of all the pressures that come with travelling in someone’s company. We do not need to structure our trip according to our companions’ convenience, but rather to satisfy our own needs while travelling alone. We do not need to visit a monument just because the majority of the travelling group wants to. The biggest benefit of a solo trip is that we do not need to worry about anyone else’s happiness apart from our own! We can enjoy the trip with a free mind and a flexible schedule, just the way it should be!
Getting out of our comfort zone
When we meet unfamiliar people and are forced to initiate a conversation with them, we get out of our comfort zone. Same is applicable when we perform an activity for the first time in our life (surfing, rock climbing, bungee jumping, etc), we get out of your comfort zone. When we travel alone and have to be responsible for our own well-being at a time when we are under-confident, again, we get out of your comfort zone!
When we operate out of our comfort zone, we are forced to come of our cocoon. We break the shackles that have bound us so far and in the process, we open ourselves to a new world. Getting out of our comfort zone puts us in a situation that we don’t want to be in but have no other choice apart from working around it. Isn’t that exactly what we are supposed to do in a midlife crisis? Expanding the boundaries of our comfort zone prepares us to deal with unexpected and unpleasant situations. A midlife solo trip puts us in a lot of such unexpected situations and ultimately provides us with the experience of tackling them. This experience would come in really handy when we go back home and resume our battle against our so-called midlife crisis.
A reconnection with your inner self
In the middle of a crisis, we all would be so busy fighting external factors that we pay little or no attention to our inner self. Our inner voice struggles to get an audience. There are a hundred thousand thoughts doing the rounds in our head that divert you from your own self. But to get out of a midlife crisis, we must reconnect with our inner self, for it is the likeliest place from where the solution could come from.
The ideal environment for connecting with our soul is found in solitude. When we have no one alongside us, when we are completely at our own, is the time when we get an opportunity to introspect. Also, genuine introspection requires peace of mind, something that we would likely obtain on asolo trip, away from everything, sipping on a cup of coffee in our cosy hotel bed. Such an atmosphere would make for the perfect platform to dive within and do a bit of soul-searching, something of a ‘must do’ if we wish to overcome our midlife blues.
A break from the monotony of life
One of the greatest causes of a midlife crisis is the general monotony of life that most of us experience. Some of us develop methods to deal with it and the ones who don’t, become victims of the midlife crisis.
A solo trip at midlife gives us a great chance to break the monotony of our life. No rushing for office early in the morning, no slogging at work for 8 or 9 hours straight, no excessive concern about our family, and in short, no worries at all! Sometimes, all we need is a little break from our routine to rejuvenate yourself. A rejuvenated mind and body would look for solutions to all our problems with a renewed vigour and intensity. A midlife solo trip is just the break that one might need!
Connect with new people
A midlife solo trip provides us with a wonderful opportunity to meet new people. As we would be all by our self on your midlife holiday, we would be much more forthcoming in chatting with strangers. We could make new friends, or acquaintances at the very least, and learn about the way they live their life. This might give us an insight about how people from all over the world face a problem or two in their lives, and that we are not the only one facing a crisis. We may realise that there are people who are living their lives in adversity but still have a smile on their face. We may meet locals who struggle to make ends meet, or even to buy two meals in a day, but they live their life with a positive attitude irrespective. This realisation may have a profound impact on the way we perceive our life’s struggles to be and the manner in which we deal with them.
New people could also show us a different perspective on life. Some of their ideas and thoughts may just be what one needs to implement in our lives to deal with the crisis but perhaps we were just too drained to process them our self.
Allow nature to heal your spirit
There’s something about the beauty of nature when it is exposed to us in its purest form, that has a soothing effect on our spirit. Free-flowing rivers, tall mountains, resplendent beaches, snowclad hill tops, animals just spending a normal day in their lives – all these sights automatically spread a smile on our faces. They warm our hearts and touch our soul – for it is the purest form of beauty that us humans could experience! A solo trip at midlife allows us to experience the magic of nature in total peace. We would not be bothered by anyone and we can take our own sweet time to soak in the magnificence of nature. The positivity experienced in this scenario is bound to seep into our state of mind and reflect in our thoughts eventually, and a positive frame of mind is the first thing we need if we wish to overcome our midlife crisis.
Among the plethora of similar articles on the internet, This article would hopefully have conveyed to you just why a midlife solo trip is so important during a midlife crisis and how it could help us get out of it. If it has succeeded in achieving its objective and has initiated the thought process, then start planning for the solo trip as early as possible! or at least before the excitement wears away.
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