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Major Life Transitions

Adjusting to change can be difficult, as even positive life transitions can cause some stress. Over the course of a lifetime, a person can expect to experience a significant amount of change. Some of these changes, such as graduations, marriages, births, and new jobs, are generally positive, although they may be accompanied by their own unique stressors. Other major life transitions, such as deciding to end fertility treatment, moving, illness, retirement or death of a love one may cause a significant amount of stress. Those who find themselves experiencing difficulty coping with life transitions may find it helpful to speak to a therapist in order to become better able to adjust to changes they cannot control.

Talking to a therapist can help you move through the stages of change and accept that change is a normal part of life. Through therapy you can identify your values and life goals, learn to identify and express your feelings, focus on the payoffs, learn to sit with uncomfortable feelings, and ways of build your support system. People who have this attitude seem to have the easiest time getting through life transitions. Seeing changes as negative or as experiences that must be avoided makes them more difficult to navigate and less personally productive. Hence, with the right support, life transitions offer you the chance to explore what your ideal life would look like. Now is a good time to take advantage of the fork in the road!