The older we get, the more those milestone, round number birthdays make us feel some type of way. It seems like one minute, you're celebrating your birthday at the corner bar with your best buddies and the next, you're having a quiet dinner with your family to commemorate the occasion. As in, the family you made with the woman you married. And even if you've celebrated birthdays this way for the better part of a decade, blowing out those candles with the big attached can cause a type of panic that can impact your health, emotional state and even your long term relationship.
I'm talking about the midlife crisis, of course. You've likely seen tropes of this phenomenon play out in movies and TV sitcoms — the older guy who buys a sports car, starts partying too hard and flirts with women half his age. But how true is this depiction, really?
Are midlife crisis really a thing? And if so, why do they seem to impact men over 40 specifically? Here's everything you need to know about why men act strangely after What Is A Midlife Crisis? Death is inevitable, and none of us are making it out of here alive. But reaching a milestone birthday that marks the halfway point of your life is unquestionably uncomfortable. During this time of introspection, men are faced the harsh reality that there are some goals and experiences that may never be within reach during the remainder of their lifetime.
It is a time of letdown, disappointment and regret sorrow for the things they dreamed of having during childhood that they now must face will likely not happen. Coming to terms with the fact that you haven't been successful at what you set out to do some twenty years earlier can really get you down. There were mornings I had trouble getting out of bed. What Causes A Midlife Crisis? As far as what causes a midlife crisis, Asturrizaga says regret can play a major role.
The more stable and healthy an individual is overall, the better equipped they will be to handle a midlife crisis in a healthy way and derive positive meaning from the experience.
Ralph Esposito says a decrease in testosterone could also contribute to the problem. Testosterone has a lot to do with mental health. In studies and in practice, we see that low testosterone is associated with fatigue, brain fog, low mood, low muscle mass and decreased libido. My new beginning came with a switch of perspective from a fearful and needy 'am I?