How To Manage A Midlife Crisis—In The Health Sense
It’s not less true for being a cliché, and perhaps it’s more important than ever to learn how to manage your health as you age.
“Midlife crisis” is no less true for being a cliché, and, these days, it may be more prevalent than ever. “Many people in their 40s and 50s now have to manage not only their own homes and careers, but also teenagers or older children still unable to move out due to lack of income, and aging parents struggling with medical or cognitive illness,” says Jessica Nowillo, DO, FAPA, a psychiatrist in Mount Kisco. “This unrelenting juggling act of being a parent, child, and spouse—and unable to delegate any of those duties—can lead to ‘caregiver burn-out’ and feelings of stress, anxiety, anger, and depression.” In some cases, it can even provoke reckless behavior, impulsive spending, and drastic decisions. Adding insult to injury, for women: menopause. “Those hormonal fluctuations can also trigger depression and anxiety,” Nowillo says. The surprising remedy for the dreaded feeling of having no time? Reserving some for yourself. It may sound counter-intuitive, but investing in your own health will better equip you to deal with everyone (and everything) else. “This includes getting enough sleep, eating a balanced healthy diet, drinking water, regular exercise, and social or recreational activities,” says Dr. Nowillo. “For some, a spiritual outlet can reduce stress and improve their outlook on life.”