What is considered a transition or a transitional time?
A transition can be generally defined as a period of time in which an aspect of your life changes in a way that requires adjustment and coping.
The college experience is filled with transitional times, some of which can be exciting and some of which can be stressful and challenging.
Some examples of transitions experienced by college students are:
The various stages of the college experience (adjust from high school to college, from lower classman to upper classman, and even declaring a major)
Living on your own for the first time
Starting a new job/career
Beginning or ending a significant relationship
What can you expect while you are going through a transition?
While every person will experience a transition differently, in general it is usually common for someone to experience:
Many other emotions
The important thing to understand is that there is no right or wrong way to experience a period of transition; whatever you are feeling is normal (think of it as a normal reaction to abnormal circumstances) and is to be expected in a time of uncertainty like a transition.
What are some general tips to help me through my transitional time?
Take care of yourself-don't neglect your basic needs and your self care behaviors.
Eat regularly; try for healthy meals and avoid stress eating.
Sleep well; allow your body the time to recharge.
Utilize stress management and relaxation techniques to help to not become overwhelmed.
Be patient with yourself as you learn and adjust to the changes occurring around you.
Trust the process and keep a positive attitude.
Express your feelings openly and honestly.
Don't concern yourself with the things you cannot control or change.
Don't be afraid to ask for help; you do not have to do it alone!
Know what you want; know your values, what's important to you and what your goals are. Working towards these helps regardless of the changes occurring in your life, you are on a path leading to your own happiness.
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