Transitions are never easy. Good or bad, they can bring about stress, anxiety, and uncertainty. How do we deal with this? These emotions can switch on a dime from being positive to negative depending on how we perceive the transition.
At this time in my life I am going through a lot of transitions, some good, some not so good but all a bit scary. Change is not easy for me, and I don’t think I’m alone, although I try hard
to be flexible and to 'get used’ to change because I know it is part of life. To sit stagnant is not healthy and to force little change is impractical.
My daughter just graduated from college and is moving across the country to start her very first career job. I’m thrilled, I’m proud, but I am anxious for her, and saddened that we will not be physically close to one another. This is life. This is how it goes. As a mother my job is/was to help my children grow into strong, healthy, and happy adults. I hope I have done that with this daughter of mine, and now it is time for me to let go. A transition. Not a bad transition but a change nonetheless. Scary.
My son graduated last week from grade school. A place he has been for 9 years. His school celebrated in grand style with retreats, parties, and even a class trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain. His graduation was formal with cap and gown and yes, I did get teary eyed a few times.;-) This too is part of the plan. It is a good transition, and again, I hope I have helped my son to move onto the next chapter of his young life. We are all excited but we are also nervous.
Now… how does all of this affect our health? What does all of this stress and anxiety do to our bodies? I have written about this in the past, and I know the best thing we can do to reduce the negative burden these feeling play on our bodies is to change our perception. We can perceive anxiety as negative, where you feel nauseous and sick to your stomach, or we can perceive anxiety as positive, where you feel excited with increasing energy. It is up to us. Strengthen our mind with positive perceptions and our body will follow. Of course there are things physically we can do to reduce our stress and anxiety burden, but starting with a change in perception I feel is key.
Here are a few of the physical things I have been doing during this critical transition in my family life.