Rather than letting fear and anxiety restrict your life choices and leave
you in a rut, experts say you can look at a midlife crisis as an opportunity
for personal growth.
Linda Sapadin, author of Master Your Fears: How to Triumph over Your Worries
and Get on with Your Life, recommends these steps for using a midlife crisis to
Do one gutsy thing. Do something despite feeling uncomfortable or fearful
about it. "That's one way to move outside of your comfort zone, rather than be
depressed, anxious, or dissatisfied, which is the essence of a midlife crisis,"
Use children as role models. Most people are ashamed to admit they're
jealous of their kids. But you could look to them as role models during this
time. If they're not afraid to take a risk or do something, you may be able to
learn from them and become more socially and physically active.
Delight in difficulty. Reframe how you think about difficulty. Rather than
thinking of something difficult as exhausting or that you can't do it, think of
it as an opportunity to pick up skills you never thought you'd have, such as
taking up a new sport or hobby. You can do it as an individual, couple, or as a
"When people at midlife stop worrying so much about pleasing others and
measuring themselves by other peoples' standards, then they begin to think more
about what they want, and that is a positive aspect of a midlife crisis," says