Adjusting to change can be difficult, as even positive life transitions tend to cause some stress. Over the course of a lifetime, a person can expect to experience a significant amount of change. Some of these changes, such as marriages, births, and new jobs, are generally positive, although they may be accompanied by their own unique stressors. Other major life transitions, such as moving home, retirement, or entering the “empty nest” phase of life, may cause a significant amount of stress. Those who find themselves experiencing difficulty coping with life transitions may find it helpful to speak to a therapist in order to become better able to adjust to changes they cannot control.
Coping with Change
Because change can cause stress, it can have an effect on one’s daily life. The following will help you if you are facing changes or transition at present.
- Research the upcoming change. Stress can develop out of fear of the unknown, so try to become as well-informed as possible about the upcoming changes. (the facts, rather than the fears)
- Attending to one’s physical and mental health. Being healthy in mind and body may make it easier to cope with changes in life. Sleeping well, exercising, and eating nutritional foods regularly may all be beneficial in improving both physical and mental health.
- Learning relaxation skills, mindfulness and resilience. Through such skills you can learn to access your ‘artist brain’ whereby you become more creative in visualising your future. Research has proven the benefits of taking a short time each day to breathe properly, return to the present moment and to your senses.
Remember the only constant in life is change!
As human beings we are constantly faced with new life situations and circumstances, many of which are beyond our control. We can provide emotional support and help empower you with the skills you need to successfully deal with transition.
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