Updated: May 17
While the core triggers for a crisis are pretty limited, there are a wide range of factors and individual circumstances that might lead to a crisis. This means that the experiences of someone in a quarter-life crisis can look and feel very different. However, there are some common symptoms.
Some symptoms are quite obvious. If you are experiencing several of these symptoms over a long period of time, it's almost certainly a sign of being in a quarter-life crisis.
Obvious symptoms of a quarter-life crisis:
Wondering 'is this all there is to adult life?'
Reaching 'success' in life but feeling unhappy or unfulfilled
Wanting to break free from the expectations of others
Thinking you're the only one who hasn't got life 'figured out'
Feeling that your life lacks purpose and meaning
The thought of working 40+ years is terrifying to you
Having no solid ideas of what you want in the future
Other symptoms might be more subtle and are not exclusive to those in a quarter-life crisis.
Subtle symptoms of a quarter-life crisis:
Being indecisive about big decisions
Jealousy towards your peers
Lack of motivation
Anxiety about the future
Did those symptoms sound familiar? If they did, why don't you check out how to transform your crisis into curiosity.