Buying a house, changing jobs, getting married, starting a family – these are just some of the milestones you may face in your life. Significant transitions like these can be stressful and overwhelming, but you can and will get through them. These mental health tips for major life changes will help you get over the hurdle with ease.
It Is OK to Feel Overwhelmed
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Feeling overwhelmed in the face of a major change is nothing to be ashamed of. You will make it through this, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a stone the whole way through. Accepting your stress will help you overcome it faster.
Think back on Previous Life Changes
Remember the last time you felt like everything was changing? Perhaps you were moving into your first apartment or you were starting a new job in a new city. When you look back on that time, you may realize that it was not nearly as bad as you thought it was going to be. You will feel the same way about this life transition when you get through it.
Embrace the Positive Side of Change
Yes, change is scary, but it is also incredibly rewarding. Your new job means new stability for your family. Your new child is a new source of joy in your life. Any big change you make is going to come with benefits. When you feel depressed or anxious of the transitions to come, turn your attention to the pros, not the cons.
Prepare as Much as Possible
Being prepared is a great way to sail through a life transition. If you have everything planned in advance, the actual transition will run like clockwork. If you’re moving, make sure you have all your deposits ready for your new utility companies (and/or landlord). If you’re getting married, go through premarital counseling so you can solidify your communication skills before the big day. Try to think about the situation from every possible angle, and then you can approach it with confidence.
Get Support through the Transition
You do not have to face these changes alone. Talk to friends and family members about the feelings you’re going through. Learn from their experiences making similar changes in their lives. You can also talk to a therapist to learn personalized coping strategies that fit your lifestyle. Sherman Counseling provides individual counseling, couples counseling and family counseling at several therapist offices in Wisconsin. Give us a call at 920-733-2065 to schedule an appointment with a therapist near you.