Life transitions require us to step outside of our comfort
zone and manage ourselves, and our environment in new ways.
Transitions are often challenging because as human beings we
naturally strive to maintain the status quo. The subconscious mind
automatically seeks to maintain paths of least resistance. When we experience
upheaval in our lives our inclination is to postpone change and resist pain.
Life transitions can include: marriage, becoming a parent, changing
careers, retirement, divorce, deaths, moves, illness, and aging to name a few.
Some transitions happen gradually while others may seem to
come unexpectedly. We can respond to transitions by experiencing anxiety, becoming depressed, angry, or abusing substances. Or we can respond to
transitions through a process of self-discovery that leads to new learning and self-mastery.
Working though transitions requires new thoughts, feelings,
and behaviors. New beliefs are often required if transitions are to become more
comfortable. Managing transitions with grace and ease generally requires a new set of tools or skills.