Triumph through any transition!
When life throws you for a loop, it’s okay if you don’t know what comes next. Read on for expert advice on how to cope with the stress and anxiety of change
You’re no stranger to change, yet when it shows up in your life—whether it’s a small but significant shift or a total upheaval— it can trigger an onslaught of emotions. Depending on the situation, you might feel fear or anticipation or hope or grief or everything all at once.
“When you’re going through a transition, there’s a middle period before you establish a new set of roles, routines and relationships, in which you’re letting go of the past,” says professor emerita of counseling psychology Nancy K. Schlossberg, Ed.D., author of Overwhelmed: Coping with Life’s Ups and Downs. And the daily demand to keep pace and push down those uncomfortable feelings only makes it harder to endure this stressful in-between phase.
“Picture a trapeze artist having to swing out, let go and free-fall before they grab onto the next thing,” adds Mary Anderson, Ph.D., co-author of Counseling Adults in Transition. “It’s the groundlessness of being in the in-between that’s really the scariest, but the key is to trust the process, go inward and find your courage, tap the strengths and values that helped you navigate changes in the past and know you will get to the other side.”
That can be easier said than done when you’re feeling lost and insecure, so FIRST tapped experts for simple strategies for facing the uncomfortable emotions arising in the midst of change. Read on to launch into your next phase with confidence!