Today, I wanted to share a little bit of my story with transition and anxiety. Hopefully you may find it helpful if your struggling with anxiety too. Back story; my husband, Tyler, and I got married May 26, 2012. And then we moved, from Missouri to California. All within two weeks my entire life changed. Arriving in California brought on a large amount of anxiety that I had never experienced before. A new city, a new job, and a new life. All these things combined had me feeling like an elephant was sitting on my chest.
TIPS FOR COPING WITH TRANSITION AND ANXIETY
2) Evaluate what in your life is making your anxious and determine if you can make changes. My job was causing a large majority of my anxiety. I learned that it wasn't a good place for me to work and I had to make changes. This job was by nature a stressful job and once I decided to quit I learned that many others on my team were quitting too.
3) Determine what you are okay with handling and what is to much. I couldn't do things the same way I would have done things in Joplin and I was okay with that. I really struggled with driving in the city, it made me really anxious. I had to accept that driving wasn't going to be the same. Driving made me so anxious that when I had to drive to new places I would practice with Tyler first before going alone.
4) You are not the only one who feels this way. I felt like something was wrong with me because of how much I was struggling. However, after hearing the experiences of others I learned that others who experienced similar transition also experienced similar struggles.
5) Take your time, slow down and take a deep breath. Remember, a majority of your anxiety may be do to all the transition you just experienced. Give yourself enough time to adjust.
Have you struggled with transition or anxiety? I would love to hear your story. Thank you so much for hanging out with me today. I would love for you to stop by and see me sometime.