I was surprised to learn that there hasn’t been too much literature about the subject of life transitions. Which is unfortunate because life transitions are a critical aspect of personal growth, and such transitions can often be very difficult. I’ve gone through many life transitions personally. Many have been easy, but some have been very challenging. While the DSM-5 might refer to difficult transitions as an “adjustment disorder,” they are, truthfully a process all of us go through, and some will be harder than others.
Examples of life transitions
Examples of such transitions include earning an academic degree, whether it’s a high school diploma or a PhD. It might involve starting a new job, moving to a new city, beginning or ending a relationship, having children, retiring, or any number of other changes. You could even say that you’re in the midst of a life transition when you realize that it’s time for a change. Knowing you are less than satisfied with your job, your relationships, where you live, and other life circumstances are themselves part of life transitions.
Or you may find your life thrown off track by circumstances beyond your control. Sudden unemployment, a death in the family, disaster, not knowing how to overcome the current challenges–all of these can throw us off course. The surprising thing is that even changes perceived as positive can be surprisingly difficult. Even the most fortunate situations can be unfamiliar territory.
Support for dealing with difficult transitions
Support for dealing with these changes is often scant. Some people going through change have felt that they are taking steps backward and regressing a bit. This is understandable give that routine often provides a sense of security and comfort. Other people might tell you to “get yourself together,” as if it were somehow simple. We are ultimately responsible for finding and getting on the best path for ourselves. But that doesn’t me there’s something wrong with us if we haven’t gotten there yet.
During such times, we might feel like we have regressed somewhat in our personal development. This is because we are in unfamiliar territory. Some of that unfamiliar territory might even involve financial or emotional hardships. You may even begin to question your decision.
I provide a listening ear to what you’re dealing with. I draw on my own experiences and reading about life transitions, and ask questions that can hopefully illuminate your situation. Through this, I can help you find a path to the new situation and stability you seek. To take the first step, contact me through my contact form.