Life transitions aren’t always negative and unpredictable events. Take for example the following experiences: getting married, going away for college, starting a new career, moving states, giving birth to a child, or purchasing a home. However, we also experience some life transitions that could cause us a large deal of distress, such as divorce, death, job loss, accidents, serious illness, and separation from family, financial loss, aging, or cultural differences.
The common theme is that these transitions tend to be life-changing events that cause a lot of unpredictable stress. Change is inevitable, of course. You’ve heard it before, I’m sure, but it doesn’t mean we are ready for it at that said moment; yet, we will need to find a way to deal with the stress.
Perhaps even, you thought you were completely accepting and prepared of the change to come, but soon realized, this requires a much big adjustment than you expected. As a result, you start to feel helpless, overwhelmed, anxious, and tired. You sleeping habits getting changed, your health declines, your ability to concentrate decrease and your motivation to keep going declines rapidly.
Sometimes finding the right support is all you need. Having someone to talk to freely about all your concerns and worries, but without having to feel like a burden. You’re going through some life adjustments that can be scary at first, but you’re resilient. You’ve done it before, multiple times but maybe you need someone to remind you just how strong and capable you are.
Life transitions itself is not a clinical diagnosis, but the issues that arise from adjusting to these transitions and changes can lead to diagnosable mental health conditions such as adjustment disorder, major depressive disorder and/or general anxiety disorder.
Have you been experiencing an increase in stress, which as been affecting you relationships, ability to function at work, concentrate, and mood swings? Then it might be time that you reach out to someone for help. Remember, this is only a transition. Soon it will become your new norm.