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

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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!

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