Midlife Women: Learn How to Overcome
Your Biggest Causes of Stress

Learning how to manage the biggest causes of stress in midlife is easier than you think - if you know how.

Let’s face it, there's no shortage of challenges facing women over 40 or 50 and by the time you reach midlife there’s a whole host of issues you will likely have to face.

What are your biggest stress-evoking issues? The biggest causes of stress are the ones you focus on the most and that will be different for every one.

The key is to focus on the results you want instead of focusing on what’s not working or what you want to change. Seek knowledge and inspiration from other women who have overcome these challenges and have successfully turned the page to the second chapter in their life.

What are your most challenging midlife issues?

A Empty nest syndrome
B Coping with aging parents
C Menopause
D Job Loss
E Midlife career change
F Financial worries
G Divorce
H Single over 40
I Parenting issues
J Lack of self-esteem
K Dealing with aging
L Other (please explain)

Please enter the word that you see below.


Midlife is typically a time of great transition. Whether you’re facing a challenging situation like job loss, being a caregiver to aging parents, empty nest issues, deciding whether you want a midlife career change, having relationship issues or are just facing the loss of your youth.

No matter what your challenges are, you deserve to be happy. The key is to learn how to be happy despite your challenges.

Our midlife experiences are as varied and diverse as the unique women we are. Some women are:

  • having children in their 40’s while others are starting menopause
  • getting into the job market for the first time as others are planning their retirement
  • going back to school while others are entering college for the first time
  • raising young children while others are dealing with their children leaving home
  • enjoying long term relationships while others are starting over in their midlife
  • getting to their midlife ready to live their dream careers and other women still don’t know what they want to be when they grow up
  • taking care of their aging parents while others are dealing with the loss of a parent
  • happy just where they are and some of us are looking to make things better
  • concerned with aging and others hardly give it a thought

We are all so wonderfully unique and what makes one person happy won’t work for someone else. We have to be true to who we are as individuals and find out what our own needs are – not our friends or our family’s needs.

What comes to mind when you hear the word midlife or middle aged? Does it bring to mind midlife crisis, menopause, creaking bones, saggy bodies, mortality?

Or does it elicit thoughts of wisdom, freedom, abundance, inner peace, and happiness?

You get what you focus on, so doesn’t it make sense to focus on the latter? Take your mind off your biggest causes of stress.

So what are your midlife stress issues and how well do you handle them? Do you know how to manage stress?

Biggest Causes of Stress in Midlife:

Empty Nest Syndrome: You’ve spent 18 or more years devoted to your children and now that they’re gone you don’t know what to do with yourself. You’re still a Mom of course; just not full time. What do you do with your time now? What happens to your marriage when the kids aren’t there? How do you start over at midlife?

Caring for Aging Parents: If you’re a caregiver it’s very important that you take care of your needs as well as those you’re caring for. Caregiving can be emotionally and physically exhausting if you are not taking care of yourself first.

Job Loss: When you or your spouse lose a job it can be another one of the biggest causes of stress. It’s hard to turn off all the “what-ifs”. What if we can’t pay the bills? What if I can’t find another job? What if we lose our savings? What if we lose our home?

Midlife Career Changes:

Many of us wake up in midlife and realize we’re not living the dream and time is running out. It can be a little scary to start over, especially in tough economic times, but it’s possible to make a midlife career change without throwing your life into utter chaos.

Midlife Parents: Parental roles and responsibilities were much more clearly defined in past decades. Today there is no one-size-fits-all model of parenting. Women over 40 are such a diverse group and that’s true when it comes to being a parent as well. Are you a single mother, divorced mother, an older mom, an adoptive mom, or are you dealing with adult children living at home?


Hot flashes and mood swings are the stereotypical symptoms of menopause and are often the biggest causes of stress for women starting in their late 40's or early 50's. Is this the beginning of the end or the beginning of a new chapter in your life? Your response will impact how you transition through the menopause cycle.

Midlife Divorce: The reasons for divorce in midlife are generally the same as they are in other periods of life. It can seem more devastating when you’re over 40 or 50 because the perception is that it’s harder to start over when you’re older. There are so many fears and worries such as: How will you get by financially? Will I find another partner at this age? What will this do to the kids? The good news is that almost everyone who divorces in midlife ends up feeling that they’ve made the right decision.

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Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. ~Leo Buscaglia