"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." ~ Victor Frankel
Living is a process of adapting to change. No one escapes this reality and everyone is vulnerable to the uncertainty change brings.
One objective of successful living is to resolve to adapt as best you can to whatever comes your way. That spirit of resilience helps in restoring balance and serenity. Learning to move through life's transitions, accepting setbacks and crisis, pursuing new opportunities in spite of adversity are ways we grow in wisdom.
Here are some coping skills to manage stress during a transitional event:
1. Resolve to adapt: Transition affects all life forms constantly. When change impacts you, resolving to adapt helps you restore balance and live in harmony with the world around you.
2. Express yourself. Give yourself time to work through your feelings about the transitional event. Grieve your losses, celebrate your joys and then focus on moving forward with your life.
3. Don't panic. There is always time. Take it. Think. Make plans. Explore possibilities. Share ideas and concerns with mentors.
4. Stay sober. Alcohol and drugs divert your focus, provide no solutions and prolong the discomfort.
5. Take care of yourself. Stress can compromise your physical and mental states of wellness. Attention to diet, exercise, spiritual and mental health can help you restore yourself to balance.
Having a caring, competent professional to work with during a time of transition isn't a sign of weakness; it's a sign of taking caring of self. If you or someone you know is in need of support during a life transition, please call me to schedule an appointment. Let's talk one-on-one about how my coaching and therapy practice can serve you. I can be reached at my Uptown New Orleans office at 504-481-8997.
Dr. Eileen Wynne