Psychotherapy Perspectives

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Dealing with the Stress of Transition

Do you ever have times when “everything seems to change” all at once? You had a job and now you don’t, or you trusted someone and now you don’t. Perhaps you heard your work is being “reorganized” and that generally means “working more for less or not working at all”. And on top of that a good friend or relative or parent passed away.

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?


  • Thank you for having these articles available on line! I find them quite helpful and calming.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 8:18 AM  

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