7 Stages of Change: How to Cope with The Emotions Of Each

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6. Begin feeling better about yourself

Over time you begin to enjoy life more and more. You now have the energy to spend time with friends. You get back into your hobbies.

You eat better, get more exercise, and you begin to enjoy life again.

 

7. You start seeing the world again in a positive light

The world no longer feels dark and depressing. You have found the will to live again. You sense of humor comes back. You are eager to do things that bring you joy.

There are common challenges. With presence, you can manage the challenges of life transitions. The most important thing for you to do is face your pain, sadness, and despair. The only way to find relief is to find the courage to face it.

Here are 7 ways to manage and cope with the life transition.

1. Accept the change as normal

Your life is a series of transitions. The only thing you can be sure about is change. Sometimes change can be dramatic such as comes from death, a firing, or separation.




The quicker you can accept the changes the easier it will be for you to move through it into a new life.

 

2. Don’t be afraid to feel what you are experiencing

The worst thing you can do is to repress your emotions. The more you push the emotions away, the worse you will make it for yourself.

You may find it hard to connect with your pain, sadness, and fear. It might feel like they are taking over your life. Despite the intensity of your feelings and sensations, the more you can learn to live with them the less you will feel constricted by them.

One way to move through these intense sensations and emotions is to use deep breathing, meditation, and prayer. These are ways to ground yourself in your body, heart, and head.

 

3. Take the time to grieve what you lost

To be open to the future you need to let go of what you have lost whether that is a person, pet, job, or relationship. Part of grieving is to feel your loss as I described above. The important thing is finding safe places to feel the intensity of your emotions.

You will most likely feel comfortable to do this in a place where you have some privacy and presence of a friend, family member, or professional you trust.

Find the courage to verbalize what you have been through as long as it does not become like a repeating record.

Express your emotions in whatever way it is safe for you and the people around you. If you feel like crying let out the tears.




 

4. Self-care

Going through transitions takes a lot of energy. It is vital for you to make sure you are eating well, getting plenty of sleep and not afraid to ask for help.

You might want to let go of some of your extra duties, if possible, to give yourself more time to take care of yourself.

Learn to be gentle with yourself as you move through this challenging time. You can be your own worst enemy. Give yourself extra space to prepare for a new chapter in your life.