Change is a part of life that will always remain constant and unavoidable. Odds are that most people have experienced a significant change in their lives, whether it is positive (beginning a new job) or negative (loss of a job or loved one). While many people can transition gracefully, others may feel like their world has been turned upside down. It is during these times that they may go through stages of emotional discomfort, mourning, or fear, leaving them feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and even depressed. Engaging in therapy to learn healthy coping mechanisms for life transitions can be extremely beneficial for anyone’s mental health and overall well-being.
Examples of Life Transitions:
Social/ Political changes
Transitioning Smoothly With Counseling
The goal of life transition counseling is to help individuals get through these emotionally taxing life changes using healthy coping mechanisms. Below are a few tactics and goals therapists commonly use to help people feel prepared for future transitions in their lives. These strategies can help lighten the initial shock of the change while also allowing hope for the future.
Accept change is a part of life
Remain positive — Change doesn’t have to be bad
Identify and express feelings
Have realistic expectations
Maintain a healthy routine
Engage in social interaction and support
Appreciate the benefits of change
It takes time to adjust to what life brings, but these strategies will help during a period of transition. If you are currently struggling to cope with life transitions and would like some guidance, it may be useful to connect with a therapist. To learn more about life transitions counseling, contact TAL CMHC today!