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The Misdiagnosed “MidCareer Fatigue”

60s Psychology Tip of the Day | Mid Career Fatigue

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Yes friends, just one more thing to feel burnout out about but instead of trying to overwhelm you I hope to provide clarity to a pain point and give a solution.

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Midcareer is a time that tends to go unnoticed. Yet, so many of us feel this unrest as we begin to enter our “seasoned profession” era. Feelings of “why am I doing this“ or “what is the point?” Or “am I even in the right profession“ are all questions that begin to start up and we misdiagnose it as unhappiness.

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This time of chronic professional unrest is not uncommon. Instead of ignoring or misunderstanding mid career fatigue it’s important that we explore it.

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At the start of our careers we all work hard, put in the hours and sacrifice a lot of time and emotional capital. This "Hustle Culture" is the easy part. I know a lot of you might disagree. The reality is the hard work in the beginning vs the staying power of “once you get there” and not feeling let down by the expectation versus reality, is a whole other set of skills. Research shows that mid career professions do not get as many dopamine hits because they are not constantly learning new skills or growing. Advancement at this time can also become stagnant which is confusing to our very reward seeking brains.

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I could get way more nerdy on this but we will save that for the podcast , in the meantime a few prompts to help take inventory and allow for some clarity by leaning into the hard questions that come up in mid career.

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Ask yourself : Is this a hump to get over or is this something I truly no longer want to be doing? How can I challenge my expectations vs reality to reimagine success? Are their things outside of work I can pour more attention into to mitigate the reality that work cannot be everything?

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Most importantly, mid career professionals need different things from their workplace. On a macro level exploring that not on size fits all in professional development and reimagining our support for these professions as organizations is key to retention of more seasoned professions.

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