Men! the Middle-Age, what you must know

As with most articles on our site, this is an exploration in understanding the Middle-Age and if it is true or a myth, and what every man should know about it.

In this exploration, I’ve taken excerpts of the text that adeptly fit my this article and placed here, and given the credits at the bottom.

This is an article on the BBC that just echoes my thought process, so I am sharing it here “Viewpoint: Just what is middle age?” and I am sure it will connect with most of the 40+ men out there.

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Who is this article for
  • For Men, of course. Cause, this would almost certainly not apply to the other gender.
  • If you are here and reading this, this is for you.
  • In general, for those who crossed 40 or get this feeling that body, mind, and zeal aren’t holding up as they used to be.
  • Just like me (author of this post), most of us know deep down its true and not myth and one day we will get there, into that age where things start changing outside our control, whether its the body, energy levels
  • And if you are wise, unlike me, you may begin your journey towards healthy aging as early as the mid-30s.
Is Middle-Age Real?
  • If we are asking this, or looking for an answer, then we may know the answer but do not want the answer to be what we think it be.
  • When we Google for “stages of human life“, so many articles clearly state ‘middle age’ is as real as ‘childhood’.
  • And the medical world has a whole spectrum of changes listed out during this phase. They have tests, prescriptions and what not for this middle age.
  • On top, have we not seen it friends, colleagues and in our own selves what’s going on inside our minds.
  • Well, I guess as one author puts it, this is one of the phases that no one wants to talk about, including the media.
  • Maybe we just want to get past it into old-age (seniors category) which we cannot deny, ignoring and blinded to this phase middle-age phase; just like the early-adolescents (11-14 years) wanting to be teenagers, and not like the transitory changes.
  • Well, fortunately (or otherwise), this middle-age isn’t short. It is medically defined between 45 to 65 years.
  • So, being a middle-aged man that I am, now I do not have any doubt that ‘the middle-age is real’.
The Most-Common Physical Signs
  • If you are here and reading this, this is for you.
  • In general, for those who crossed 40 or get this feeling that body, mind, and zeal aren’t holding up as they used to be.
  • Just like me (author of this post), most of us know deep down its true and not myth and one day we will get there, into that age where things start changing outside our control, whether its the body, energy levels
  • And if you are wise, unlike me, you may begin your journey towards healthy aging as early as the mid-30s.

“Data from life insurance companies suggests that in the fifth and sixth decades of life you are less likely to die over the coming year than at any other time in your life.” (from this BBC article)

The Best Part of Middle-Age 👍 🙂
  • Data from life insurance companies suggests that in the fifth and sixth decades of life you are less likely to die over the coming year than at any other time in your life. (reference)
  • Cognitive tests show that apart from brute speed, the brain’s abilities are not diminished in middle age. They may be reaching their peak. (reference)
Things to care for, the downside 👎 😬
  • Eyesight: Starts going down anywhere from 35 to 40.
  • Skin: Begins to age noticeably after 40.
The real question, ‘is middle-age crisis real!’

The middle-age crisis is also known as midlife crisis.

Let us look at some notes collected from very good articles that I too agree with.

  • Almost half of adults over 50 claims to have had one.
  • There is good evidence of a midlife decline in life satisfaction.
  • Both women and men report the lowest satisfaction in middle age.
  • Life satisfaction at age 45 is lowest, per an Australian survey.

Having said that, it is also found that,

  • Not everyone experiences a midlife crisis.
  • Studies also show a midlife crisis isn’t an issue for people in many parts of the world (cultures).
Some Signs of Midlife Crisis

American Psychological Association says an emotional crisis is evident from “a clear and abrupt change in behavior.”

Examples of behavioral changes can include:

  • Neglect of personal hygiene
  • Dramatic changes in sleep habits
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Pronounced changes in mood, such as increased anger, irritability, sadness, or anxiety.
  • Withdrawal from usual routine or relationships
Conclusion, the take-home points
  • The physical changes are real and need attention.
  • This is the down-hill, like it or not. Earlier we realize and act upon, the better things turn out to be.
  • You are lucky for many reasons if you did not hit the midlife crisis. But check if you are not paying attention.
  • Also, it is very important to take into consideration the impact the midlife has on one’s emotional state, and see that it does not spoil life that we have in our hands.
  • I recommend, waking up early and be prepared by knowing as much as you can, so you can
    • protect your life from unforeseen changes, including psychological ones
    • know what changes to expect with respect physical and mental health
    • plan the career and finances; as well as understand the changes that you will see in your family members
  • Maybe you could get to turn this ‘mature’ phase to your own benefit

References, Good Reads & Credits: