The greatest problem with middle-age crisis is the fact that it is a completely subjective phenomenon. This means that its indicators, symptoms and even the age at which it emerges differ from one person to another. For instance, while it is common for men to experience middle-age crisis in their mid-forties or fifties, it isn’t that uncommon for someone to go through this phase in their early-thirties.
Moreover, symptoms of middle age crisis can range from a severe case of depression to simply doing some slightly ‘foolish’ things in order to get some positive affirmation of your self-image. Either way, middle age crisis is not something you want to face unprepared and here are five easy ways to win a battle against it.
Find an exhaust vent
If you decide to take away all the outside layers of this major phenomenon, you will soon realize that it all comes down to stress. While it may not be the cause of all your problems, stress makes everything much worse and thus magnifies all the negative effects that the middle age crisis has on both your mind and body. This is why you need to find an exhaust vent. Most commonly, people turn to yoga, aromatherapy or meditation but chess, woodworking or classic car restoration are equally as appealing.
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Pursue your dream
When you come to think about it, middle age crisis is not just about you getting older. It is about getting older without making your dreams come true. After all, a man’s age is a subjective concept that can only be measured by the list of your achievements in this time-span. Therefore, pursuing your dream might be just the thing you need in order to give your self-confidence the boost it so desperately needs. Moreover, succeeding at something that is important to you will keep you so preoccupied, that you won’t have time, nor energy, to worry about anything else.
Pay more attention to your health
As we grow older, our health starts slightly deteriorating, which is a completely natural process. Our bone and muscle density starts dropping, our senses become weaker and, given enough time, even our mental abilities start decaying. Needless to say, every single one of these is a reason enough for one to get worried, which might just further add to the middle age crisis-induced problems. Still, none of the above-listed issues is as worrisome for an average male as the issue of erectile dysfunction. Luckily, the latter problem can usually be easily solved with a simple and inexpensive treatment.
Start working out
Another way to both boost your self-confidence and slow down the deterioration of your body is to start working out. When combined with an adequate nutrition, working out at the gym at least three times a day can make a huge difference in your life. On the nights off, you can walk your dog or go for a nightly stroll around the neighborhood. Breaking off from your sedentary lifestyle may be hard at first but in just a few weeks, you will notice a significant improvement in your mood.
Accept that you are growing older
Finally, no matter what you do, you are going to keep growing older and older. There’s simply no way around it. However, what you can influence is the way in which you approach this situation as a whole. With each passing year, you are becoming wiser and more mature. Plus, if manage to age with style, you will set yourself apart from the most male populace in your generation, which is bound to give you a no small ego-boost. At the end of the day, you may not be able to stop the process of aging but you can definitely impact the way in which you age, which is a no small thing either.
A middle age crisis is merely a rough patch and the efficiency with which you surpass it may have a huge impact on you. Keep in mind that, although unpleasant, this is a completely natural process and that your current troubles may be concealing all the great things still waiting for you in life.
Ronald Wolf is a student of law by day and a writer by night. One of his first
passions was football, alas he was not good enough to make a career out of
it, but working out and fitness is still in his blood.