Change can leave you feeling uncertain and overwhelmed
Start living better with Life Transitions Counselling.
Change can leave you feeling uncertain & overwhelmed
Start living better with life transitions counselling.
Get clarity around what’s keeping you stuck
Manage your stress
Have a plan to help you move forward
Even positive change can take it’s toll.
Whether the change is big or small, one you wanted or one you didn’t expect; change can bring about significant stress and mental health overload.
Life transitions such as starting a new job, moving to a new home, getting married, having a child or losing a loved one, can all cause feelings of uncertainty, fear, and anxiety. This pressure can disrupt your sense of stability and leave you feeling overwhelmed and unsure.
When avoidance, distraction or disconnection has become your number one coping strategy, it’s time to seek help.
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Moving, career change, death or loss, marriage, divorce, a new baby or an unexpected event can all create a level of stress that feels unmanageable on your own.
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Common Questions About Life Transitions Counselling
It can be daunting to make a significant life transition such as changing jobs. It’s completely normal to feel unsure and hesitant about whether you’re making the right choice.
There are a few steps you can take to make this transition smoother for yourself.
- Take some time to reflect on your values, priorities, and goals.
- Think about what you want to achieve in your career and how this job change aligns with those aspirations.
- Try talking to someone you trust, such as a friend or family member to gain a fresh perspective on your situation. Seek out someone who has changed careers successfully and ask them what made it work.
- Book time with a therapist. Therapy can provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings, and concerns about this transition. It’s okay to seek support and guidance as you navigate this important decision and it’s vital that you can talk through some of the thoughts you don’t feel you can share with people close to you.
There is no “normal” in grief. Everyone experiences loss differently, and how one person grieves may not be the same as how another person does. It’s okay to cry, to be angry, to be numb, to laugh, to find joy. All of these are valid and normal parts of the grieving process.
Grief can be a difficult and unpredictable journey, and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by it at times. Your feelings are valid and understandable.
Sometimes the simplest gesture can set off a memory that leaves you feeling like your loss was only yesterday.
It’s important to prioritize self care, as grief can be exhausting both physically and emotionally. Taking even a short walk or getting outside can give you the moment you need to process your feelings. Talking about your feelings with someone who understands can help you feel less alone and can provide a safe space for you to process your emotions.
We've been trying to have a baby for so long and now that we have a child, I feel so guilty about not liking being a parent. Can you help?
You did it! You had a baby. It might have been years of infertility, or the inability to carry a baby to term but you made it through the to the other side – and now it’s hard. Harder than you thought it would be.
The transition into parenthood can be a challenging and overwhelming time, and it’s okay to struggle with adjusting to this new role.
The effects of having a baby on a woman’s body, mind and her relationship with her partner as well as herself, can feel overwhelming. Not to mention that fatigue that compounds the issues. The feelings of guilt and overwhelm you’re experiencing are not uncommon, and they will likely change over time as you adjust to your new role as a parent.
Often after having a baby, it can feel like our personal identities disappear. We need to create an intentional way of being in our new role as a mother, as well as who we are as an individual and partner.
Therapy can be a valuable resource in supporting new parents through the transition into parenthood. We can help you navigate the complex emotions and changes that come with this new role, and can provide tools to help you manage other challenges that may arise. Adjusting to parenthood is a process and it’s okay to take the time and space you need to navigate this transition.
Feeling confused or uncertain during a period of change is completely normal. Even when we actively choose a change, it can still be challenging to adjust to new circumstances and find our footing.
There’s a few steps you can take to help you work through your feelings:
- Give yourself time and space to process your feelings. Allow yourself to feel all of the emotions that come with this transition, whether that be excitement, fear, confusion, or anything in between.
- Try not to judge or criticize yourself for feeling this way – instead, approach your emotions with curiosity and openness.
- Seek out support from friends and family, a support group, or a therapist. Talking to someone who understands what you’re going through can help you gain perspective on your situation, as well as provide a sense of validation and connection.
Therapy can be helpful during a period of transition, as it provides a dedicated space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings and identify any underlying fears or concerns that may be contributing to your confusion. Additionally, therapy can help you gain clarity and confidence in your decision-making process.
Navigating a period of change takes time. It’s okay to feel uncertain or confused along the way. With patience, self-compassion, and support, it is possible to find your way through this transition and emerge stronger on the other side.
Life transitions that we can help you through:
It can be difficult to make the transition from being a teenager to becoming an adult. All of a sudden, important choices about your future, career, and relationships are expected of you that could change the course of your entire life. You might feel disoriented, uneasy, or overpowered. Since everyone progresses at their own rate, feeling this way is totally normal.
You may be learning independence, decision-making, and responsibility in ways that are entirely new to you. You might feel obligated to have every aspect of your life planned out, including your career path, where you want to live, how to balance your personal relationships, and even whether or not to start a family. It’s like being thrown into a game where no one bothered to explain the rules.
It’s normal to doubt your identity and purpose through this phase of your life. Who exactly are you? What values do you hold? What do you want out of life besides what society, your parents, or your teachers might expect of you? Being an adult requires self-discovery, and it’s normal to not immediately know the answers. In fact, a lot of adults keep asking themselves these questions and making changes all throughout their lives. In therapy, we can help you find clarity and move forward with confidence one step at a time!
Stepping into a new role or field can be daunting. You might be anxious about fitting into a new team, meeting expectations, or dealing with new tasks. It’s normal to feel like an outsider at first or to worry about making errors. You’re stepping into an unfamiliar environment with new responsibilities, colleagues, and expectations. The first few days and weeks can be overwhelming, as you try to learn the ropes, familiarize yourself with company culture, and figure out how to make meaningful contributions. New jobs can also bring upheaval to your life if they require a new commute, schedule, or even a relocation.
Imposter syndrome (feeling unqualified even though you are) can start to creep in during the transition. It’s completely normal to feel this way, and seeking support in therapy can help you move through it with confidence.
One of the most difficult transitions one can go through in life is losing a loved one. It feels like a deep wound that affects every area of your life. You feel lost and confused because the world as you once knew it has changed. You might feel a variety of things at this time, including sadness, rage, confusion, fear, regret, and guilt. These emotions can be debilitating and come on suddenly, sometimes all at once and other times one at a time.
Everyone’s journey through grief is different; there’s no ‘right’ way to grieve and no timeline for the healing process. You might have days when you feel you’re making progress, only to wake up the next day feeling like you’re back at square one. This back-and-forth is natural and a part of your healing process.
Your grief is a testament to the love you had for the person you lost, and it’s possible to mourn that loss while also finding joy in life. In therapy, we listen to you, sit quietly with you, and walk with you through your grief.
A new baby’s arrival is so exciting, but it also brings with it a major life transition that can occasionally feel too much to handle. All of a sudden, you are in charge of another person who is totally dependent on you. As you adjust to your new role, your routines, priorities, and even your identity may change. You might experience a range of emotions, including love, joy, fear, and possibly a sense of loss for your former way of life.
Sleep deprivation, hormone shifts, and the constant demands of a newborn can be stressful. It can cause a shift in your relationship with your partner that you didn’t expect as well. If you’re feeling persistently low, anxious, or overwhelmed, know that postpartum mood disorders, including depression and anxiety, are common and treatable. In therapy, we can help you identify and manage the biggest causes of the stress you are experiencing.
After years of working, transitioning to retirement can be a shock. You may feel a loss of purpose or identity, or worry about how to fill your newfound time. It’s perfectly normal to experience a mix of emotions, from relief to apprehension, and even sadness. Remember, retirement is a time to rediscover yourself, explore new interests, and relax. It’s okay to take time to adjust and find your new routine.
Going through a divorce or separation can be one of the most stressful and emotionally challenging life events, as it completely changes the life you had envisioned for yourself and your children. You might start to second guess your past choices and future plans because it may feel as though your entire world has just been shaken. You might experience extreme grief, fear, rage, and loneliness.
All of these emotions are normal. it’s okay to feel grief for the relationship and the shared dreams that came with it. Everyone heals at their own pace, and in therapy, we make space for you to process your emotions in a way that makes sense to you.
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