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Tips To Deal With An Existential Crisis

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Every individual thrives for existence in this world. Our life is a medley of ‘purpose’ and ‘meaning’.

An individual who has a purpose to live can survive any worst situations in life. A person can overcome every difficult situation in life if a specific purpose is present in their life. Purpose in life gives rise to hope, which adds meaning to survive.

Meaning of Existential Crisis

An existential crisis is a condition in which individuals meaning to live and purpose to function
properly is lost. A continuous battle is fought by the person between existential conflicts and innermost ‘angst’ or ‘existential anxiety’.

These conflicts reduce your ability to think rationally and act adequately in a given situation. It leads to excessive fear of death, loss of inner freedom, feelings of isolation, and meaninglessness.

An existential crisis is common to everyone irrespective of gender and age. It usually occurs during a crisis situation or any triggering incident such as losing a job, trauma due to the death of a close person, and an unfortunate rise of a pandemic situation.

During these times you are bombarded with conflicting questions surrounding the struggling phase. You feel frustrated and your life appears to be meaningless and less purposeful.

Though we as an individual get worried over difficulties in life. We do experience stress related to our private matters, relationships, and job.

Then how is the existential crisis different from daily life stressors?

What are the signs to identify you are undergoing an existential crisis?

Let’s find out.

Common signs of existential crisis

1. Feelings of hopelessness and sadness

You may feel upset and sad over trivial problems in life. There is a persistent feeling of hopelessness about the future. Your future may appear blurred to you.

You may feel physically weak and activities that previously invoked happiness in you tend to lose your interest.

Prolonged emotional and physical turbulence can lead to depression. Recurrent thoughts of ending one’s life may arise.

2. Excessive tension and worry over challenges in life

Every individual is subjected to face life challenges. Your inner strength supports you to overcome every obstacle in life.

A person in an existential crisis lacks the power to accept challenges in life. Tension and anxiety grip them tight.

You get anxious about your financial state and future plans. You feel your present situation will
never change.

As a result, you suffer from excessive tension and get worried about finding a solution to your plight.

3. Obsessive thoughts to search for meaning in life

During an existential crisis, you may have repetitive thoughts that disturb your thinking patterns.
Repetitive thoughts and compulsions reduce your cognitive abilities.

You try to seek an answer to existential questions which shakes your peace of mind.

If you identify yourself with these common signs then you need to get a life purpose and meaning to your life.

Most people struggle with their mental illnesses somewhere across the globe almost every time. A sudden occurrence of the pandemic, disbalances your lifestyle because it comes with a lot of challenges and disastrous outcomes.

Written by Alecia Bennett

I hold a master's degree with a clinical psychology specialization. Currently pursuing school counseling courses. I have attended various programs related to mental health issues. A person who takes a keen interest in writing anything about the human mind and behavior.

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