LIFE TRANSITIONS: THE EFFECTS ON MENTAL HEALTH

We all go through periods of change in life, and sometimes these transition periods can be really overwhelming, making us feel anxious and exhausted. Significant change can sometimes be hard to navigate, and it’s not just the negative transitions that can be draining. Happy moments like a new job, marriage, starting a family can also cause unexpected stress and pressure on your mental health. It’s completely normal to feel stressed out whilst going through a life transition – your body and mind is adapting to a new way of life. However, occasionally life transitions can obstruct your healthy lifestyle and can result in strains on relationships, jobs or schoolwork to name a few.

Going through a life transition isn’t a mental health diagnosis, but it can cause issues that can result in a diagnosis of mental health issues such as adjustment disorder, depression and anxiety. Mental health issues after transitions can affect both adults and children. Life transitions can include anything from a new marriage, divorce, death of a loved one, serious illness to a job loss, financial loss, moving house or relationship breakdown to name just a few.

But how can you tell if you or a loved one is finding it difficult to adjust to a life transition? Symptoms include:

  • Insomnia
  • Lack of energy
  • Headaches
  • Stomach aches or upset stomach
  • Low mood
  • Regular colds of infections (weaker immune system)
  • Lack of libido
  • Change in eating habits
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Anxiety
  • Withdrawal
  • Irritability

What should you do if you are struggling?

There are many things that you can do to help you manage the stress that comes with life transitions. Meditation and relaxing breathing techniques can be really effective – you can read our blog post on how to do these HERE. You should also try and reach out to your loved ones and tell them how you feel. Experts such as therapists will also work with you navigate your life transitions and provide you with the valuable tools and techniques to help you overcome this challenge.

If you are currently navigating a life transition, or are just about to embark on one, get in touch with Dalton Wise today and we will help you to protect your mental health during the process.

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