‘The Way We Are Now’ report revealed some very interesting findings which suggest that the midlife crisis could actually be occurring at an earlier stage in life, between the ages of 35 and 44.
The report found that it is between these ages when Brits are at their most unhappy. Around one in five aged 35-44 feel lonely a lot of the time, or have suffered depression. Almost one in three aged 35-44 think shorter working hours would improve their relationships and over 800,000 35-44 year olds believe communication is their biggest issue.
Typically the majority of those who experience a midlife crisis do so in their 40s or 50s, though the findings of this report suggests that it could be beginning to set in at an earlier age.
Other findings from the report include the following:
• 22% wish they had a better relationship with their family and the same number feel closer to their friends than to their family;
• 22% have suffered depression because of a bad relationship;
• 28% have left a job because of a bad relationship with a colleague
Claire Tyler, CEO of relate, believes that it is between the ages of 35 and 44 that life gets really hard. It is between these ages that most people are trying to start a family, progress at work and buy a house if we haven’t already. The money worries and pressure of all of this can become crippling and often can trigger a midlife crisis.
”The ensuing effects of relationship breakdown on society are huge, so it’s really important that this age group has access to appropriate and relevant support, be that through friends and family or other methods such as counselling.” She said.
If you are struggling to come to terms with symptoms of what you believe to be a midlife crisis then please visit your GP who will be able to provide you with professional support and advice. In addition to this it may benefit you to discuss matters with a qualified counsellor in confidence. If you would like to do this then please visit the homepage of this site where you can use the search tool to locate a counsellor in your local area.
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