Scientists have discovered five phases of the quarter-life crisis, recommend the experience and say it can happen all the way up to the age of 35. Still time!
Phase 1 – A feeling of being trapped by your life choices. Feeling as though you are living your life on autopilot.
Phase 2 – A rising sense of “I’ve got to get out” and the feeling that you can change your life.
Phase 3 – Quitting the job or relationship or whatever else is making you feel trapped and embarking on a “time out” period where you try out new experiences to find out who you want to be.
Phase 4 – Rebuilding your life.
Phase 5 – Developing new commitments more attuned to your interests and aspirations.
80% of respondents said having a quarter-life crisis was a good thing, but it’s better to have the experience early in your late-twenties or early-thirties than it is to have a mid-life crisis in your 50s or 60s.
Still, first world problems, amirite?