Dealing with the Stress of Transition
All of the above are stressors in life. Work, death and relationship changes are the largest stressors that human beings encounter in life. The support network is at the premium at this time. Who are your supports? Do you have friends, family, significant others or relatives to talk with? How about your place of worship, do you have a minister, rabbi or priest to talk with? In times of stress we need multiple supports with people. If the supports are not there for you, you may consider psychotherapy to provide the help and the plan to receive the support you need.
Going to a psychotherapist can help you plan a systematic plan for dealing with your stress. Questions the therapist may ask are the following:
Who are people that can trust and nurture you and you can talk with?
Although you may not be able to change the situation of the __________, i.e., job, death, is there anything else you can change that is causing you stress.
Are there other factors that can lessen your burden?
What can you do to help yourself stay connected with yourself during these stressful times?
Are you breathing fully?
Often time’s psychotherapists teach how to meditate or do exercises to reduce stress. The breath is the key to holding or releasing stress in your body. Are you fully breathing all the time and when you feel anxiety do you quickly “belly breath” ?
Another important aspect of reducing stress is staying in the PRESENT . This is most easily done through breathe and your senses, i.e., smell, touch, hearing and seeing—you can only do this if your are Present!!
Stress reduction takes practice, lots of support from others and often the help from a psychotherapist. Any Comments, can you add additional techniques to handle stress?