What to do with an existential crisis?

What to do with an existential crisis?

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  1. Take a deep breath. Reach out for support if you need it. Practice self-care by doing such things as taking a walk, eating well and taking time away from the internet. If you like, you can try thinking through the crisis to come to a resolution about it, but if that’s not helping you could take the opposite approach and try not think about it. The key thing is to find out what works for you.

  2. Zeno of Citium said you should imagine yourself as a dog tied to a wagon. Even if you have free will, a your options are very much constrained by accidents of birth and fortune – a kid who grows up illiterate won’t become an astrophysicist or great poet, for example. Zeno’s answer is that it’s best to accept your fate and run with the cart rather than be dragged. You will still have plenty of opportunities to test how much slack there is in that rope.

    In either case (determinism or free will) the real matter at hand is taking notice of what you can control and what you can’t control and to not worry about the latter. Once you’ve resigned yourself to that, you’ll be amazed at how things come into focus.

  3. It is good to have an existential crisis. It is a warning when you start to imagine that you are unique, you are special and you are the center of the universe. After you adjust to the truth that you are part of a whole and part of a cycle, it just goes away.

  4. write all your thoughts down. don’t hold anything back, keeping going until you can’t think anymore. drink cold water and take a hot shower. practice taking deep breaths. take a nap if you can. once you feel calm enough, read over your writing and you should get an idea of what was causing this and then you can fix it

  5. Depends on the existential crisis.

    Most people undergo “existential crisis” via self-indulgence. Those people simply need to get their heads out of their ass.

    But if you’re really struggling with cynicism, it is probably wise to talk to a professional rather than random redditors.

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