The year 2020 was a year unlike any other, and it forced Americans to slow down, stay at home, and sit with themselves for longer than they most likely have ever done before. Middle-aged Americans have had to endure tremendous stress, challenges, and pressure each day to maintain a functioning and healthy household. On top of it all, middle-aged adults are often caught in what is called the “sandwich” generation, having to take care of their children and their elderly parents. At the same time, many GenXers are or are preparing to be empty nesters, now having to deal with a loss of purpose and meaning. Although being tested to their limits every single day, the health and well-being of middle-aged adults are often not discussed with as much importance in comparison to younger populations such as children and adolescents. Middle age is its own beast, so fighting the battles of middle age during a global pandemic is unprecedented, crucially warranting help for the many that are struggling. While this kind of stress might not rise to the level of needing clinical diagnoses, it is also more than can be addressed simply by performing self-care every so often. Self-help grounded in the wise intervention framework is the perfect way to address the negative impacts of stress by reorienting life goals to regain a sense of meaning and purpose. Throughout an individual’s life, goals and motivation are constantly shifting, and the wise intervention framework for meaning making can enable changes in personal perspectives. The current project is designed to help an individual experiencing major life changes to re-evaluate their goals, determine the factors that motivate them, and provide useful practices to reassure their self-identity and purpose through such a challenging period of life.
Taking Care of Everything but Yourself: A Guide to Regaining Purpose, Self-Identity, and Meaning in Middle-Age Adulthood by Carli Feist is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.