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Life Transitions

Often time we think of development and growth mostly in terms of children. Development continues across the life span as our roles continue to evolve. When we move from one stage of life to another, these changes are often referred to as transitions. These include starting and finishing school, changing jobs or careers, marriage and childbirth, retirement and relocation among many others. These transitions can be times of excitement and reward but often involve stress. At times these changes can feel overwhelming resulting in feelings of anxiety or depression. Therapy can be an effective tool to sort out our feelings about these changes and to make decisions about our future.

Facts about Life Transitions

From the Beliefnet.com:

Change is inevitable. Just when you think you’re getting comfortable transition occurs. Life is a rollercoaster of ups and downs, a ride of love, laughter and tears. Whether you’re preparing for a new baby, about to make a career leap, taking care of your parents, or emerging from the ashes of depression, life is always prodding and pulling on us to grow. There’s something about life where it refuses to keep you in a stagnant place. Either you will get complacent or life will force you to make a directional change.

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Major Life Transitions

  • Leaving the nest.
  • Self Discovery.
  • Marriage and Family.
  • Finding purpose and your life work
  • The comfort zone challenge

Keys to Handling Life Transitions

  • Expect to feel depressed and anxious.
  • Realize that this is a new / old chapter in your life.
  • Think positive, think opportunity.
  • Hit the ground running.
  • Get support.
  • Have a realistic timeframes and expectations.
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