Is there a healthy way to cope with major life changes?

Posted by Jane K. Sieve, LICSW, Ridgeview Clinics on Sep 24, 2019 1:30:00 PM

AdobeStock_26634736-4Humans are hard-wired for survival. The brain is rigged with a powerful alarm system that blares when perceiving a threat to our safety. It triggers a blast of hormones sending our heart racing and blood pressure rising emitting a heightened physical and emotional response.

Alarms can go off when we’re faced with a sudden loss, a frightening event and any major change to our daily life. These challenging times cause us to feel overwhelmed and drained. The important thing to remember is that we can reset our alarm system by simply being more intentional about rest and rejuvenation.

Alarming life changes                                          

  • Death of a loved one
  • Separation, Divorce
  • Personal illness or injury
  • Imprisonment, legal problems
  • Job loss
  • Marriage
  • Retirement
  • New baby

Reset your alarm

Try these suggestions to help reset your emotions following a life-changing event:

  • Sleep, rejuvenate with a short nap
  • Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
  • Nutrition
  • Nature, get outside
  • Go running, walking, biking
  • Listen to music
  • Get a massage
  • Meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong
  • Soak in the tub
  • Light a candle, essential oils
  • Find laughter and share it with others

If you're having trouble resetting your alarm on your own, speak with your primary care provider or meet with a professional therapist.

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Topics: Wellness

Medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues. In case of an emergency, please call 911. 

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