Life Transitions: 7 Ways to Conquer Change

So many changes happen throughout all of our lives, some we can control, others we are just left to struggle and cope on our own.

One thing we all have in common – no matter the age, race, economic status – is that life is constantly changing and we must adapt to live a successful, happy life.

Even positive transitions positive can be stressful!

Life transitions include:

  • death of a loved one
  • marriage
  • divorce
  • birth of a child
  • child starting school or leaving for college
  • changing jobs, or losing a job
  • moving to a different town, state or country
  • change in health status
  • aging
  • loss of financial stability

Any major change will involve grief. You may experience the following.  This is normal!

  • Loneliness
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Sadness
  • Fatigue
  • Fear

7 Ways to manage life transitions: 

  1. Express your thoughts and feelings by talking, crying, writing or participating in physical activities.  Don’t try to ignore or push these feelings away.
  2. Recognize that transitions hold a special place in your life journey.
  3. Reach out to people you trust. Utilize your support network!
  4. Remember the times and the skills you have used in the past to navigate change.
  5. Use this time to review your life to this point and to consider where you are headed next.
  6. Focus on positive aspects of the transition whenever possible.
  7. Remember that change is inherent to life.

When to reach out for professional help:

  1. If you are feeling so overwhelmed you are unable to engage in daily activities. (missing work, not maintaining the home, irritable with family and friends, not paying bills)
  2. If you have difficulty concentrating, are unable to relax and are finding little to no joy in life.
  3. If you feel frozen. You have been in the same old place for way to long, but something is keeping you from taking that first step towards change and you feel miserable.
  4. If you are having difficulty sleeping due to thoughts of worry, anxiety or fear of the future.
  5. If you are having physical issues with no known source (you have been to the doctor and you check out fine).

If you’re feeling like you can’t do it alone, we can help. Reach out below and we’ll contact you to help you through this transitional period.

 

 

 

 

 

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