As age may bring wisdom, it can also bring a number of complicated issues that can be overwhelming and can lead to midlife depression. Adults in their 40s and 50s deal with a set of interwoven difficult issues like health concerns, loss of loved ones, aging parents, relationship challenges, financial hardships, and job loss. The simple truth is that not handling a midlife stress can lead to middle age depression. The signs of midlife depression are as following:
– Feeling exhausted and fatigued consistently
– Change in eating habits and sleeping patterns
– Feeling of guilt, worthlessness and hopelessness
– Having unexpected bouts of anger
– Increase or decrease in ambition and desire
– Urge for drugs or alcohol
– Feeling trapped by responsibilities like the job and family and the desire to run away from these obligations
– Acting out of character which could lead to trouble
A midlife crisis can be a transformation for the better marked by tremendous growth and achieving new goals. It is also about new life patterns and discovering new meanings in life. For some people, it can be channeling energy and time – that used to be for raising children – into fulfilling interests.
Many events can trigger depression such as being overworked or overlooked, hormonal changes due to menopause, anxiety of growing old or illness. Professional help can be an important step to address the overwhelming feelings of frustration, anger and sadness. Here below some tips to circumvent stress during midlife and prevent depression.
– Take time off for yourself; turn off TV, computer and the cell phone and pursue fun. This will help you put challenges and events into perspective.
– Try to cut out the sources of stress, write down your goals and create an action plan with deadlines.
– Eat a healthy diet and get enough sleep; this will make you feel better, especially with learning stress relaxation skills like deep breathing or yoga.