A sense of loss often accompanies us when we make small ‘c’ cultural changes – expected or unexpected changes to our living conditions or job, or our health. Our sense of loss might be fleeting, for example, if we’ve earned a new, better paying job. In the blink of an eye we might register feelings of excitement, disbelief, sadness, fear and even a sense that we’ll be okay. It’s amazing how quickly our emotions can work with our thoughts to try to keep us on an even keel.
Big ‘c’ cultural changes like leaving a romantic partnership, retiring from paid work, entering into a new religion, or moving to another country and adapting to a new set of societal norms, values, and languages can have lasting impacts on our mental health and our understanding of ‘who we are.’
Adapting to change can be difficult. It can bring about anxiety or unhealthy coping actions that don’t seem to quickly resolve.
Like many people, I’ve had significant changes in my life. And when we really think about it, life is all about transitions. How we navigate them often defines whether or not we feel satisfied.
Whatever life transition you are facing, I have the background and training to help you understand your particular processing style. We can explore the transition together, checking your emotions, thoughts, and behaviour to find a way through that’s aligned with who you are – a path as unique as your life’s journey.