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, relocating for work, giving birth to a child, and purchasing a home. However, we also experience some life transitions that could cause us a large deal of distress, such as divorce, death, loss of a job, an accident, serious illness, separation from family, adaption, 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. I’m sure you’ve heard that before, but it doesn’t mean we’re always ready for it. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always give us the time to properly prepare for all the new changes. This is why it’s important to have a strong support system that you can rely on.
But maybe you thought you were completely accepting and prepared for the change to come, but then realized it requires a lot more adjusting than you expected. As a result, you start to feel helpless, overwhelmed, anxious, and tired. Your sleeping habits start to change, your health declines, your ability to concentrate decreases, and your motivation to keep going diminishes rapidly.
Finding the right support may be what you need. 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. You deserve to have someone to talk to freely about all your concerns and worries, without having to feel like a burden.
Life transitions are not a clinical diagnosis, but the issues and changes that arise from adjusting to these transitions 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 has been affecting your relationships, ability to function at work, concentration, 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.