What Are Significant Life Transitions?
Marriage, the birth of a new child, launching to college, relocating into a new state, divorce, starting over in a second career, are all examples of significant life transitions. While such milestones can be inherently exciting, they can also feel frightening and stressful. If the change was unplanned or spontaneous, it might disrupt one’s entire routine. Many people feel lost or overwhelmed during major changes. Likewise, they often fear things will never go back to normal.
What Happens In A Life Transition?
During a life transition, it’s easy to lose sight of prioritizing relationships and self-care. Many people move into a survival stance to cope with the new change. In other words, they do what they can to tough it out, but they may avoid, suppress, rationalize, or numb their emotions in this process. Unfortunately, that mentality tends to backfire. This survival stance can be exhausting, and it often leaves people feeling depleted, resentful, and regretful.
Individuals can learn how to integrate new transitions into their lives. This integration may mean reevaluating certain areas like relationships, hobbies, and finances. It may also entail needing to make other difficult choices or changes to adapt to the transition. Practicing patience and acceptance are usually essential for navigating this process.
How I Can Help You Navigate A New Life Transition
Sometimes, you know you need to make a change, but you feel hesitant or scared to take that first step. Together, we can process your fears and evaluate the risks and benefits of moving forward. If you are in the midst of a change, therapy provides a safe and supportive space to discuss the feelings, reactions, and difficulties that you’re facing. We can also explore the challenges associated with new transitions or changes in your life. You can learn healthy coping skills to cultivate your sense of acceptance and perseverance during this time. While change is inevitable, we can learn to thrive through challenging experiences and improve our resilience.