A midlife crisis is a transition of identity and self-confidence that can occur in middle-aged individuals, typically 45 to 65 years old.
The phenomenon is described as a psychological crisis brought about by events that highlight a person's growing age, inevitable mortality, and possibly lack of accomplishments in life. This may produce feelings of intense depression, remorse, and high levels of anxiety or the desire to achieve youthfulness or make drastic changes to their current lifestyle, or feel the wish to change past decisions and events.
Let’s understand this from an esoteric or mystical perspective.
As we age from birth, there are various stages of development that we undergo. In the first 7 years, the physical body is under its full growth manifestation. How healthy or vital a person will be in the life ahead depends largely on the first 7 years of a child's development.
The next 7 years, from age 7-14 is for emotional body development. Continuing in 7 year increments, age 14-21 is for intellectual development, age is 21-28 for the subtler senses/sixth sense, and age 28-35 is for spiritual development.
You are in some sense evolved in a holistic manner at the age of 35. Age 36 has been a turning point for many in their lifetimes, the process starts from 33 and ends at 36 and magic happens. If there is a deficit in any of the 7-year phases, it will manifest itself in later years too.
Age 35-42 is a synthesis of all that you have done before you were 35 years. It's usually an “expansive” or materialistic phase. 42-48 is more of a “contracting” or non-materialistic phase, you want to withdraw depending on how 35-42 unfolded.
What happens in life between expansive or contractive phases and which one you conquer, will largely determine your life’s remaining path and your accomplishments. The best outcomes in either depend largely on how your 5 stages from 0 to 35 years have unfolded (were they weak, average, or strong).
Your struggles in the expansive or contractive phase are a pursuit to resolve the imbalances in the 5 early stages. Many fail in both these phases because they couldn't fix the deficiency of the early 5 stages and that's when the mid-life crisis stares at you badly and you start asking what's the meaning of life.
One of the ways to handle a mid life crisis is to go back to all those 7-year stages and evaluate which phase wasn’t the best or tough for you. If you can fix those aspects, you can handle things better in the future.
Usually, a guru or mentor or life coach is able to see this faster than you can and they should be able to give you the perspective and areas to focus on. Astrology is also a great tool to help you during midlife crisis. Your charts can pinpoint the areas of deficit and the likely situations you had gone through during the 5 phases. In a nutshell, a good astrologer can also give you the same perspective as a mentor or guru.