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January 4, 2023

4 Tips to Taking Difficult Life Transitions One Day at a Time

by Christen Cox, LCMHC

Individuals go through changes, some more difficult than others. Some changes are little more than roadblocks. There are a few, however, that can cut deeply, leaving you wondering if you can make it through. Like the seasons, you must learn to adapt to each new change. Christen Cox, LCMHM, Avance Care Behavioral Health Therapist is offering her tips for difficult life transitions.

Here are 4 tips for taking difficult life transitions one day at a time:

1. Take things one step at a time.

When faced with a traumatizing event or transition in life, it is best to take things one step at a time. The feelings of being overwhelmed will be less powerful, and you can actually take a step back for a breather if you need it. With each step, accept and acknowledge what is going on around you.

2. Turn negatives into positives.

Many life transitions that seem to be negative may also offer positives. Even the death of a loved one can have a positive outlook. While they are no longer with you, their memory will always remain. The time you spent with them is a part of who you are. Through photographs and family members, they will live on indefinitely.

3. Allow yourself to grieve.

People need to acknowledge the transition. Whether it is the termination of a relationship, marriage, or friendship. Grieving allows a person to process the transition and experience the feelings associated with the loss or change. Once those feelings are faced, you can let go of them much easier, allowing you to move forward with your life.

4. Accept the things you cannot change.

Many transitions are permanent. No amount of trying can bring about a loved one that has passed away or a home that has been lost. Accepting the loss, grieving, experiencing the emotions associated with the loss, and taking the first steps in moving forward helps to ease the pain and make transitions easier.

If you’re experiencing a difficult life transition and think professional help would be beneficial for you, consider Avance Care Behavioral Health. Our therapists are experienced in a wide variety of specialties and are here to help you reach your personal goals. Call 919.237.1337 or visit our website for more information.

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