Adjusting to change can be stressful. Even positive changes can cause some level of stress in your life. A change in roles or a change in routine means that new skills may need to be learned or that additional responsibility has been placed upon you.
Over the course of one’s lifetime, a person can expect to experience significant amounts of change. Examples include marriages, divorces, births, deaths, new jobs and job losses. Other major life transitions such as retirement, moving or the “empty nest” phase of life can cause one to feel a loss of their sense of self and personal identity. This can lead to feelings of sadness and confusion.
If you’ve been experiencing difficulty with coping with life transitions, you may find it helpful to speak to a therapist like Dr. Nisha. Dr. Nisha has extensive experience and a proven track record of helping individuals through any number of life changes or transitional periods and, can help you do the same.
If you feel like talking to someone might help, please reach out today.
Negative effects of life transitions
- Adjustment Disorder – A diagnosis which indicates that a person is experiencing greater distress than would be expected with any other person. The person finds it difficult or impossible to adjust to their new circumstances. Extreme cases may include avoiding loved ones, reckless behavior and thoughts of suicide.
- Changes in eating or sleeping habits
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
- Dangerous or reckless behavior
Why Transitions are Difficult
Transitions can be stressful because the very nature of change is that we are experiencing something new. Even if this circumstance is something we have experienced before (you are about to have your third child, for example), it’s still the first time you are experiencing the change in this specific way, at this time in your life. Transitions may require us to learn new skills, leave something behind, or build new relationships. All of this can be very intimidating and overwhelming, as it leads to feelings of fear, self-doubt and confusion.
Therapy for Transitions
A therapist is a person who is professionally trained to help you learn and implement practical and effective coping mechanisms to manage stress. As a therapist is a non-judgmental third party, they can lend an objective ear unto which you can voice your troubles. Regardless of the type of transition you are going through, therapy is likely to be well suited to helping a person cope with dramatic changes in life.
Therapy can also be preventative. If you are someone who knows that you do not cope well with change, speaking with a therapist before an upcoming change occurs can help you to plan ahead. In this way, you can learn how to prepare for change and become better equipped to face change in the future, even if you don’t have any looming transitions on the horizon that you are aware of.
Types of Therapy
In addition to individual counseling, couples counseling or family counseling, support groups and group therapy sessions also might benefit some individuals. With group environments, individuals who are experiencing similar circumstances (grief, divorce, illness) can provide additional support for one another and experienced the added comfort of knowing that they are not alone in what they are experiencing.
Dr. Nisha offers one on one counseling tailored to your situation, experiences and goals. She can work with you to develop an individualized counseling program to best fit your needs in a safe, positives and encouraging environment.
Help ease the stress of this transitional period in your life. All you need to do is reach out for help and contact Dr. Nisha today.