How Therapy for Life Transitions Helps
When a major life change is coming up or in progress, it’s common to feel overwhelmed by stress. It is also common to be unsure about what you’re feeling. There is so much wrapped up in these life transitions. You may be feeling grief about the chapter you’re closing, excitement for the future, disappointment for what could have been, or relief to finally move on. Due to these confusing and often conflicting emotions, people going through life changes often struggle to maintain healthy coping mechanisms.
Furthermore, unhealthy behaviors or patterns may arise during times of significant life changes. These could be never before used coping strategies, or behaviors that you have worked to curb in the past that have come up again. When we feel out of control in our lives, we often lean toward using unhealthy coping skills. These are usually more comfortable for us because they allow us to feel in control. They let us numb the pain, detach from reality, and find comfort.
Usually, we know when we are engaging in unhealthy behaviors. But because life changes can be so painful, we often put our heads down and go through the motions without asking ourselves why we are doing the things we are.