My husband loves to talk and it's driving me mad

DEAR DEIDRE: MY husband babbles on when we go for a walk and I want to tell him to shut up.

He drives me mad. He repeats the same thing over and over again but if I say anything, he thinks I’m trying to start an argument.

During the pandemic, the fact he couldn’t keep quiet on a walk was a real wake-up call to me.

I normally like to walk by myself, to observe nature and be alone, but then he started coming with me and all the pleasure has gone.

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I am now having huge anxiety attacks. I’m a woman of 55 and he is 61.

He’s considering retiring next year and I don’t think I’ll be able to bear having him around the house the whole time.

DEIDRE SAYS: If he is repeating himself and this is new behaviour, it could be a sign there is something else going on for him.

Tell him you are worried and that you feel he has changed. Suggest he has a check-up with his GP.

If all is well, suggest he finds a hobby of his own. That way he will be doing something independently of you, which will be better for his retirement – and you can have more walks on your own again.

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