If you’ve noticed your anxiety has soared in midlife, you’re not alone. Free yourself from your fears...
Always been confident and taken things in your stride, but recently started noticing you’re irrationally anxious in certain situations?
Amanda, 51, can pinpoint exactly when a new fearfulness began to grip her. “Last year, my first significant post-divorce relationship ended and I was stressed out at work. I flew to Berlin for a holiday with an old friend. When I got on the plane to come home, I became convinced we were going to crash. The flight was actually uneventful, but I spent all of it hyperventilating and crying. I know heartbreak and stress were probably behind it, but I haven’t been able to get on a plane since. In the rest of my life, I’m a very self-assured person. This new flying phobia just doesn’t make sense.”
Research suggests that women are twice as likely as men to experience phobias, and scientists believe our fear responses are sharper because of our innate desire to keep our families safe.
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