How to avoid a midlife crisis

By Di Westaway | CEO Wild Women On Top

Academics have long debated the existence of the midlife crisis, but we’ve all seen the warning signs and know the stereotypes: men buy fancy cars and women get facelifts.

So, if this is indeed true… can we look at other solutions by evaluating our life goals and aiming to get healthy instead?

By improving your lifestyle behaviours, many problems in life can be reversed. Physical activity and a healthy diet can reduce both tension and stress, and provide you with the endorphins you need to keep happy. Combining this with adequate sleep and a close-knit support group will ensure you learn to embrace the many joys of midlife as opposed to fear it! 

Most experts look at a crisis in midlife as an opportunity to take action, evaluate priorities and transform life for the better. A midlife crisis can be a transformative period. One marked by tremendous growth around achieving new goals or revisiting old ones. It's also about coming to terms with new life patterns and finding new meaning in one's life. For some, it might involve channelling time and energy once reserved for raising children into new and fulfilling endeavours and adventures.

Learning how to handle stress during midlife can help circumvent a crisis from becoming a major depression. Below are 10 tips that can help alleviate stress.

1. Nurture yourself. 

Pursue fun and nurturing activities, such as sunrise walks with the girls, ocean swims, yoga or going for a bike ride. 


2. Identify sources of stress.

Evaluate your weekly activities and start crossing off those that are non-essential. 


3. Set up a support group.

Enlist the help of family and friends to help keep you on track of your project plan. 


4. Exercise.

Physical activity will relieve stress and elevate your mood. Fitness after 40 is essential for mental and physical health as we age.




5. Eat a healthy diet.

You'll feel better. You'll think clearer. Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and nuts.


6. Get enough sleep.

Make sure you sleep in and wake up naturally a couple of days a week.




7. Accept help when it's offered.

Believe it or not, this can be one of the hardest things to do. Accepting help does not mean you're a failure, it shows wisdom.




8. Say no.

Accept the fact that you can't do everything well. Over committing can sap your energy and take you off track of your project plan.




9. Learn to release your frustrations.

Holding on to issues and resentments of the past will only keep your arms full and inhibit you from holding or even recognising the joys of today. 




10. Keep a sense of humour.

Laughter can be the best stress buster on this planet. Learn to find humour midlife as you experience challenges throughout the day.  


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