Adjusting through Life Transitions
It is commonly said that the most stressful life transitions are
- DEATH OF A LOVED ONE
- MAJOR ILLNESS OR INJURY
- JOB LOSS
Most would agree that imbalance is inevitable when life transitions are outside of one’s control or occur involuntarily. Life changes typically involve a loss—divorce, relationship break-up, job, death of a loved one, illness/injury resulting in loss of former lifestyle. Such losses usually take one through the typical stages of grief, including shock/denial, guilt, bargaining/wishing to go back in time to change the outcome, intense sadness, anger, and eventually acceptance.
Some life transitions are chosen in hopes of a brighter future. However, even positive hopeful changes can be stressful and scary. These types of transitions often bring up more conflicting and confusing feelings since one is looking forward to the changes.
Whether the life change is chosen or unexpected, it can leave one feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and uncertain of the future. One may also benefit from support with
- EMPTY NESTING (CHILDREN MOVING OUT OF HOME)
EDUCATION/ CAREER TRANSITIONS
- CHANGING SCHOOLS OR EDUCATION MAJOR
- SEEKING OR STARTING A NEW JOB
- CHANGING CAREER PATH/ CHOOSING DIFFERENT LINE OF WORK
- STARTING, ENDING, OR CHANGING A BUSINESS
OTHER LIFE TRANSITIONS
- CHANGE IN RELIGION/SPIRITUAL BELIEFS
- LOSS OR CHANGE OF A HOME, CAR, OR OTHER FINANCIAL RELATED TRANSITION
- MOVING INTO ANOTHER NEW LIFE STAGE, SUCH AS CHILDREN TRANSITIONING TO SCHOOL, TWEEN/ADOLESCENCE CHANGES, MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE
If you are having difficulty transitioning through a life change, it can be beneficial to talk with an objective therapist who can provide a safe and supportive space to work through the challenges in a healthy way.