At some point, the quarter life crisis will sneak up on you. It’s normal and nothing to be afraid of because as the saying goes, “this too shall pass.” Times have changed and we don’t have to have everything figured out by 25. Society will tell you otherwise and give you deadlines to achieve certain milestones by and you may feel like a failure if you don’t match up. Our advice to you is to ignore any timetable or requirements set by society that tell you will make you “successful” or “happy.” It can be scary breaking away from what you’ve been taught, but we’re here to tell you what’s worked for us.
Here are ways you can tackle your quarter life crisis.
Take a year off and travel
Did you know that it’s common for young adults in the UK and other parts of the world to take a gap year after high school before they head to college? In the U.S. it’s almost looked down upon to take a gap year because it’s misunderstood for laziness or wanting to party (which you do in college anyway). Take a year off after you’ve put in the grind of college instead of worrying about finding the “dream job.” There are working-holiday visas you can take advantage of in Australia and New Zealand that will allow you to work and earn money for travel or save it up for a business venture back home. Leave your “I don’t have money to travel” excuses at the door. Immersing yourself in another culture will help you find clarity on the path to take forward without the pressures of having to know exactly what you’re doing the rest of your life.
Adopt a more positive attitude
If you’re anything like me, you may come off as a “Negative Nancy” sometimes. Let’s fact it: life sucks and you’ve grown accustomed to things not working out and fucking stuff up. But just remember: it’s going to be ok. Also, having more positive thoughts will boost your positive energy. Pro tip: Maintain a regular exercise routine to boost the serotonin and dopamine in your brain, which will lift your spirits!
Don’t let social media get you down
I can’t tell you how many times I’ll get on Facebook or Instagram and see that another classmate from high school or college has either gotten engaged or married. You think to yourself “Oh great, another one” or “Why can’t I be the one getting engaged or married?” But everyone goes through life in his/her own pace. Don’t let others make you feel like you are getting nowhere. You do you. If it gets to a point where you can’t stand social media anymore, I recommend taking a break or unfollowing people whom you feel you don’t need to see life updates from.
Start a side hustle
Older generations are constantly calling Millennials “lazy” but that’s not true. According to the Harvard Business Review, Millennials are actually workaholics. Small Business Trends reported back in July this year that 1 in 4 Millennials work a side hustle: “in addition to their regular source of income, the youngest members of the workforce are putting in extra work for some extra pay.” Which leads to this suggestion… Start a side hustle! If you’re a crafty person, start an Etsy shop. If you love photography, start photography services (portraits, graduations, engagements, weddings, etc.) If you are an expert at using a program or two, teach tutorial videos online.