What are some effective ways to process the emotions around big life changes?
December 21, 2012 9:20 PM Subscribe
What techniques do you use to process big changes in your life? I'm interested in specific tips to deal with change once you've accepted it and made it.
posted by rockpaperdynamite to Human Relations (6 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I've recently (in the last month!)undergone a lot of change (a mix of happy/sad & chosen/been chosen for me) to my career, location and relationship status. I can *intellectually* see the benefits and am taking the concrete steps to move forward, but my emotions are all over the place.
I'm grieving things I thought I'd be glad to leave behind (like a much-hated job) and find exciting new things a bit, well, meh. And while the people around me are excited and supportive, I sort of feel like they expect me to just flick a switch and suddenly be comfortable with my new identity.
I know it takes time, but I want to know what to *do* with that time to use it effectively. If I were , say, anxious, I'd get right onto exercise and meditation and CBT and mindfulness. If I were tired, I'd eat healthier and try to get more sleep. So what do I do to process these changes?