Change can make a lot of people feel anxious and fearful – after all changes have a tendency to fill life with questions that we can’t answer most of the time. These situations can make us be afraid, especially since society nowadays expect us to be sure about everything we do. When life gets disrupted, we sometimes don’t know what to do. However, these “disruptions” may in fact be signs of life transitions – that it’s time for us to move on to another phase of our lives, and sometimes these can help us discover who we really are and what we want to make out of life. These life transitions can sometimes bring out new equilibrium, stability, and renewal.

Facing Vulnerability: Signs of Transition

Life transitions are extremely challenging for some because these events force us to let go of things we’re familiar with and make us tackle the future with uncertainty. A lot of life transitions begin with some form of loss – such as the loss of a role, a person, a place, or even a sense of “belonging.”

Given the wide range of “losses,” these can make life transitions negative or positive, unexpected or expected. Some of these transitions actually happen without us knowing, and sometimes they can illicit dramatic reactions. Examples of these are serious illnesses, loss of a job, divorce, death, or even an accident. Some of these are also positive, such as moving to a new city, being a parent, getting a new job, or getting married.

Perhaps common among these is that life transitions will eventually make us leave the things we’re most familiar with and make us adjust to new ways of living. This “adjustment” part is what scares a lot of people the most, as being unprepared to do a task can make it challenging or daunting. As such, people experiencing life transitions can be withdrawn, sad, angry, or even shocked.

Coping With Life Transitions

Given the vast number of causes for life transitions, there’s no one “right” way to cope with them. However, there are ways for you to try and at least get a sense of what life transitions can offer and how you can use it to change your life for the better. Psychiatrists and therapists may offer methods that are more tailored to your needs, but some ways to cope with transitions are:

  • Trying to look at the positive side of life transitions, and trying to find a way to leverage on the positive to make the transition much easier.
  • Identifying new sets of goals and values, based on what the life transition is. You can start focusing on what you want and planning how you can achieve them given your transition in mind.
  • Accepting your situation and expecting to feel uncomfortable can help, but is not the easiest thing to do. Perhaps a good way is to always take a few deep breaths whenever you’re overwhelmed, and trying to assess what is making the situation uncomfortable for you.
  • Focus on your goals and focus on achieving them slowly. You don’t have to be in a rush to achieve your goals, as sometimes it’s really about what you did to get there instead of the prize itself. Try to think of the life transition as one of the many ways for you to appreciate the journey towards your life goals.

If Transitions Are Becoming Too Difficult

Coping with life transitions can be challenging, especially if it’s your first time dealing with them. Sometimes, these feelings can be extremely overwhelming and scary, and these are things to be expected. However, if you feel as though your perception towards life transitions are starting to have an extremely negative effect in your life, then please don’t hesitate to reach out to Life Resolutions in Ringwood for an appointment.

Where is Our Life Transitions Service Located?

We are conveniently located 3/15-17 Heatherdale Road, Ringwood Victoria 3134.

To find out how we can help call today on 1300 668 256