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Finding Ways to Feel at Home in Your Empty Nest

By Kristy Burton, LPC, AADC, SAP, NCC, TA

Transition is a part of every life. When people think of life stage transitions, they often think of those that are unavoidable like growing up and becoming a more independent adult. They may also think of those life stage transitions that can’t be planned for like the loss of a loved one. Whatever shift comes to mind for you when you hear the phrase life stage transition, these periods in your life can bring overwhelming amounts of change. Some people do great with change, and they never seem to falter. Others, struggle. Each individual and situation is unique, and there is never any shame in deciding you want to work with a professional to better understand and navigate life’s many changes. Individual therapy with me or one of the other clinicians at Central Arkansas Group Counseling gives you the opportunity to talk through your transition and how it has impacted your thoughts, emotions, and actions. Perhaps most importantly, counseling gives you solutions for coping as you move through life’s challenging moments. Keep reading to learn a little more about what life stage transitions are and how they impact our health and wellbeing.

What is a Life Stage Transition?

Change is inevitable. If we’re lucky, we can at least plan for it, but there are many huge life transitions that can’t be planned. Whether the change is planned or unexpected, a big shift in your day to day life can be overwhelming, stressful, and difficult to adapt to. During life transitions, it’s important to continually monitor your physical and mental health. Some people who think they’re coping well are shocked to find that, once they take a minute to breathe, they are actually struggling to adjust.

Why are Transitions Difficult?

This is a big question that has been taken on by some of the greatest thinkers in history, and there may not be a good answer for it. Some people struggle with change because they had a negative past experience during transitional moments. Others find themselves drowning in the “tasks” associated with change (Did I remember to call the movers to change the pickup date, get the rugs cleaned for the landlord, call my new boss to verify my start date and time, etc.). Still others get lost in the “what ifs” of transition. (What happens if I’m not good at this new job? What will I do if I hate my new location? What if I fail out of school?) Regardless of the reasons for your difficulties with life change, a qualified clinician can help you develop great coping skills that build on your own, innate skills and abilities to get you back on track.

Should I Visit a Counselor for Help During a Transition?

We are on record as welcoming anyone to come see us who thinks they may feel better, live a more fulfilling life, or simply find new ways to be a healthier version of themselves through counseling. Some of the reasons people choose to visit us during life stage transitions include:

  • Feeling helpless, hopeless, or like you just can’t cope with the change anymore
  • Feeling constantly stressed and/or experience panic attacks
  • Avoiding social engagements, hobbies, and other activities you typically enjoy
  • Experiencing dramatic changes in your mood, temperament, or behavior (always irritated, always happy, fast shifts between two emotions, etc.)
  • Experiencing significant changes in sleep schedule, diet, exercise, and other daily habits

How Can Central Arkansas Group Counseling Help?

Counselors are great at helping individuals gain perspective and develop the coping skills they need to successfully transition from one stage in life to the next. If you’re interested in working with one of our team members, please don’t hesitate to give us a call in Benton or North Little Rock. You can also fill in our simple request form on the contact page. One of our team members will be in touch soon to answer your questions and schedule a time for you to visit us.

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