Coping with Significant Changes and Transitions


Changes and transitions are a natural part of life. Sometimes they’re welcomed and expected, and other times they’re unplanned. No matter how it happens, changes and transitions can be difficult – but not impossible!

Learning to adapt to change can bring fresh opportunities. So, why not let go of what’s familiar and embrace new, exciting adventures? Try out these tips to help you stay positive during times of change and transition:

Don’t ask yourself, “What if?”

It’s easy to think about everything that can go wrong, but this isn’t helpful to your mental health and well-being. Try writing your worries in a journal and set it aside for a few days, then revisit it. Often, when we give our minds a break from certain thoughts, we have a better understanding of the situation.

Maintain your healthy habits

Eating well and exercising regularly can boost your mood and help you feel better. Getting at least eight hours of sleep each night can also help you feel refreshed and empowered. By caring for yourself mentally and physically, you will be better equipped to cope with life’s more challenging issues.

Reach out to trusted friends and family members

You may want to portray an image of strength and fearlessness when navigation significant changes and transitions. But you should give yourself permission to be vulnerable. Reach out to loved ones for courage and support – they’ll offer you a shoulder to cry on, or share a good joke to give you a boost. Your support network can help you get through difficult times.

Look at the big picture

Certain aspects of your life operate outside your control. During these times, it’s important to remember what is in your control. Perhaps your spouse was laid off, and you’re concerned about finances. Although you can’t control your spouse’s employment situation, you can develop a strategy to make ends meet – whether it’s cutting out entertainment expenses or talking to your boss about working additional hours.