What are the signs of a midlife crisis?
Not everyone will experience a midlife crisis. Studies have shown that on average a midlife crisis for men can start around 43 years old while for women it can start around 44 years old. However a crisis can start anywhere from mid forties up to around sixty years old. A male midlife crisis can last from three to ten years while a female’s midlife crisis is often less, lasting up to five years.
So what exactly is a midlife crisis?
It is often defined as a loss of self-confidence and a feeling of disappointment in life’s achievements. Often anxiety starts to creep into daily life, even if you have never experienced it before.
I write this post light-heartedly on midlife crisis, but for some it is not the simple ‘buying a brand new Harley Davidson motor bike’ or getting a ‘facelift’. A midlife crisis can ruin marriages, destroy family relationships, cause irreversible damage in the workplace and cause loss of life. In the mode of how I blog, I will not cover this as I am all about ‘nurturing you’, and getting you to your happy place.
What are signs of a midlife crisis?
Don’t start panicking if you are mid forties and reading this. Not everyone will go through a midlife crisis, however it is good to know the signs as you may notice some of this with your partner, family or friends.
Here are some signs of a midlife crisis:
- Boredom with people or activities that once held great interest.
- Unhappy with life in general when normally not an unhappy person.
- An obsession with physical appearance.
- A desire for new (or more passionate) relationship – questioning current relationship.
- Questioning or regretting past choices.
- Confused with where their life is heading and why life hasn’t turned out the way they had planned.
- Regret over previous actions taken in life.
- Wanting to be more adventurous.
- No longer talks about their age.
- Desperate to recapture their youth, often by contacting people in the past.
- Sleep becomes an issue.
- Buying expensive gifts or toys for themselves.
- Begin comparing themselves with others within the same age group.
- Taking up new hobbies never, ever mentioned before.
- Worrying obsessively about parents ageing.
After reading some of these points, I realise I am not having a midlife crisis, I am simply exhausted. Phew. Do you know someone who is having a midlife crisis?
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