Major changes in our lives bring on stress. This is true even when the change is for the good! Lottery winners and people who achieve major weight loss both report feeling unsure and even depressed after their big “Adjustment anxiety is best alleviated through emotional support and finding resources.” success. This is because large changes always require adjustment, and adjustment can be emotionally painful.
Other adjustments are more painful, of course. A major breakup, being moved to a new city by your employer, becoming unemployed. All of these things bring anxiety of their own in addition to the basic stress of adjustment. And the adjustment anxiety will also bring out other anxieties that lurk below the surface.
Adjustment anxiety is best alleviated through emotional support and finding resources. You will eventually adjust to your new circumstances. And the safer and more grounded you feel, the more successful the transition will be.
In my practice, I offer that support, and help my clients determine what resources they need for a healthy adjustment. In this case, finding resources can mean many things: finding support in the community, learning more about your new self, developing new skills, and more. I also check in on what other anxieties are being stirred up by the big shift. These periods of adjustment are a golden opportunity to make positive changes.
If you’re going through a big change and are looking for help with adjustment anxiety, read how to set an appointment and contact me for a consultation session. I look forward to hearing from you.