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. This involuntary life change is typically a loss—divorce by a spouse, 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, wishing to go back in time to change the outcome, intense sadness, anger, and eventually acceptance.
Many other life transitions are chosen in hopes of a brighter future. However, even positive 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
- GETTING MARRIED
- PREGNANCY OR ADOPTION
- MISCARRIAGE OR ABORTION
- STARTING A NEW JOB
- STARTING A BUSINESS
- CHANGING CAREER PATH (DIFFERENT LINE OF WORK)
- CHANGING SCHOOLS
- EMPTY NESTING (CHILDREN MOVING OUT OF HOME)
- CHANGE IN RELIGION/SPIRITUAL BELIEFS
- LOSS OF A HOME, CAR, OR OTHER CHANGE IN FINANCIAL SITUATION
- MOVING INTO ANOTHER NEW LIFE STAGE, SUCH AS ADOLESCENCE, MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE, OR EVEN CHILDREN HAVING DIFFICULTY ADJUSTING TO KINDERGARTEN
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.