What’s a midlife crisis?
Women began to near menopause in their 40s and experience both physical and psychological changes. It’s a stage in life where they’re neither young nor old, but they feel afraid of aging.
In men, white hairs start to show, leading to anxiety and worries.
In the case of both genders, a mental check list suddenly appears and evaluates all the things accomplished or that are still in the works. It’s an evolutionary issue that’s linked to age and biological changes.
Surroundings also have an influence: social and family pressures take a toll, create insecurity and questions. This stage in life can become a time of losing and searching.
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Time for reflection
Identity conflicts, family, marriage or work crises are common. It’s a time of reflection and making decisions that can bring about a change of rhythm.
People who have previous experience meeting their goals will deal with their midlife crisis more smoothly. Those who are slaves to routine, are insecure or lack clear objectives are more likely to fall into depression. In addition, those with conflicting partners also have a higher risk.
These days, there are a lot of social changes: countless people follow fashion trends, go to the gym every day… There’s no question about it: these easily influenced people will also have a midlife crisis.
- Men may undergo hair transplants or wear a wig. Women, on the other hand, may dye their hair or switch up their hairstyle.
- They might blast their music, go to trendy clubs, try out extreme sports that they had no interest in before…
- People also might buy the newest electronic gadgets or turn to extreme new clothing styles.
When getting closer to menopause, women experience intense hot flashes as well as hair and skin dryness. They also come to terms with the fact that they can’t have any more children, which could lower their sexual desire.
As a result, they might show reluctance towards different aspects of their lives, be down or even fantasize about adventures.
In men, we can sometimes see a lack of interest for family. They buy cars, quit their job, meander unhappily… some men even start to consume more alcohol for temporary moments of happiness.
Wisdom and a positive mind
Menopause can be a moment for rethinking about life with wisdom, spontaneity and a positive mind. In short, it can be a time for looking for a new plan that motivates you to move forward.
Every stage in life has it’s own reality that we can live to the fullest and joyfully.
In a society that idolizes youthfulness, aging with dignity isn’t a feat that just anyone can do. People who can see the crisis as an opportunity to renew their spirit and reroute their path towards a full life, regardless of age, are ideal candidates.
The midlife crisis: how can we deal with it?
First things first, you need clear up the big picture. You need to see if you’re scared of the future, aging or failing.You may also be looking for people to blame for things that happened or for why life isn’t what you thought it’d be.
You can organize the future using the answers. The important thing is to avoid making any decisions out of depression, without thinking them through first.
The midlife crisis is a part of a normal process that you don’t have to go through alone. Family, partners or friends can help you deal with it just as it is: just another stage, like adolescence.
You can also seek out professional help.
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A new beginning
A way to deflect the midlife crisis is by establishing new objectives. These challenges and goals will help you understand where you want to be in the near future.
The 40s aren’t the end of a lifetime, but rather, a new beginning that’ll allow you to live happier than you did before.
Midlife crises can destroy relationships and families or lead to depression. On the other hand, they cab also make you stronger. The difference between the two is the manner in which you approach the process.
Thinking positively, laughing about grey hairs, balding or crow’s feet are all a choice.
How you choose to face your midlife crisis will depend on your ability to resist making decisions out of depression, but rather, reflect upon them.
Establish new objectives while enjoying what you’ve achieved and your everyday life.