As we get older we start to wonder what life means and what our purpose is in this chaotic world. We feel that heart-sinking dread when we have trouble finding the answers to satisfy life’s biggest questions. A crisis can steam from other things like guilt, fear of death, feeling unfulfilled, or just general dissatisfaction with where you are in your life.

When you feel dread it’s because you are not satisfied with what you have. You have that craving for more without knowing how to get it or even worse not knowing what you want in the first place. The good news is that you have the freedom to make your own choices to either turn your life around or hit rock bottom.

An existential crisis isn’t always a bad thing but an opportunity for growth through introspection. It’s important to take pauses to reevaluate your life to make sure you are liking your life’s trajectory. When you start to feel that anxiety and depression know that you can make different choices that are more aligned with what you want at any time. You are not as stuck as you might feel.

Don’t let your negative thinking become a self-fulfilling prophecy and take steps to live a more meaningful life. Pursue your biggest dreams, practice being compassionate, and take on a mindset of gratefulness to help you overcome your negative feelings.

Experiencing an existential crisis is something we all go through at one point or another and the key to overcoming it is knowing where that feeling comes from so you can take steps to move from doubt to light. Don’t expect to find all the answers to the big questions, because it’s my belief that the pursuit of happiness is the answer.