For many men, the transition into middle age is a relatively happy one, and with good reason. They’ve hit their stride in their careers. They’re likely married with children they love watching grow up. And they’re financially secure enough to do the things they want to do in life, as well… or at least that’s how they picture things going down once they hit their 40s and 50s.

Other men aren’t as lucky. Even if they technically have everything they ever thought they’d want or need. They just know something’s off, and they’re worried all the energy of their youth is long behind them. If that sounds familiar, then you could be experiencing a midlife crisis. Here we’ll go over how you can tell for sure and what you should do to get through it in one piece.

You catch yourself waxing nostalgic a lot

Everyone likes to reflect on the past and repeat favorite stories about their glory days on occasion. But a sugar daddy who’s grappling with a midlife crisis may catch himself doing this more and more. 

So how much of your time and energy do you spend revisiting places you loved in the past or waxing nostalgic about the good old days, in general? Is it because you’re simply a nostalgic guy, or are you secretly worried your future isn’t anything to look forward to?

You’re self-conscious about the way you look

Every distinguished sugar daddy type knows that appearances are important, but most aren’t preoccupied with their appearance to the point of being obsessed with it. Or at least they’re not until they cruise toward a midlife crisis and start really noticing those first signs of aging.

So have regular hair-dying appointments become an essential part of your self-care routine? Do you own more anti-aging skincare products than most men can shake a stick at? Do you choose outfits based on whether or not they look “young enough” to suit you? You definitely could be experiencing a midlife crisis.

You’re more impulsive than you used to be

For most people, middle age is a time to relax a bit and enjoy the fruits of their labor. But if you’re on the cusp of a midlife crisis, you might actually be feeling anything but relaxed. In fact, impulsive would be the perfect word to describe it. 

Has spending your life savings on a boat or a sports car sounded like a really good idea lately? Do you have days where packing your things and moving to another state or country sounds like just the thing? Don’t be suckered in by midlife impulsivity. Choices like those only sound like they’ll solve your problems.

You feel like less of a family man

A young man who still feels like his whole life is ahead of him often longs for a family to love and come home to at the end of the day. And once he gets them, he treasures them and feels like he’s made it in life. But that can all change if he coasts into midlife and finds he’s having a crisis.

So are things just not what they used to be at home? Do you secretly dread being alone with your wife or spending the kind of time with the kids you used to when they were young? It could just be a rough patch, but it’s also possible you blame your family for robbing you of your youth.

You’re obsessed with your own mortality

The older a person gets, the more likely they’ve had their first experiences with someone close to them passing away. Maybe it was a parent or a friend who died before their time or a personal health scare. But whatever the situation, it’s impossible for events like those not to get you thinking about your own mortality.

They’re reminders that you don’t have all the time in the world to accomplish the things you want. You know that if there’s something you really want to do or try, you need to do it now.

What should you do next?

If you think you might be facing a midlife crisis, it’s important not to let negative or destructive feelings take the wheel. Talk to someone who cares about what’s happening – a friend or maybe even a therapist. And be grateful for the things in your life that are working well.

But know that it’s OK to try new things and embrace new experiences through sugar dating, as well, especially if you’re single and looking. In fact, a pretty, young sugar baby can often be just the thing to give an aging sugar daddy a new lease on life, so don’t be afraid to explore the possibilities. Life doesn’t have to end in middle age. In fact, in many ways, it’s just beginning.