There is nothing permanent except change- wise words from a Greek philosopher. We all know this to be true yet we struggle with change and transitions just the same. What is it about change that is so hard?

We happen to like familiarity. It brings us comfort. Breaking away from familiar patterns, places, and people is difficult. Even if the change is a positive one, one you desperately wanted and were looking forward to- it can be difficult. Think about the times you moved in with your partner, your first semester in college, when you started a job that you wanted for a long time, moved into your dream home, or the birth of your child. All of these are likely positive life changes, ones that you had hoped and wished for. Yet these are difficult transitions and some of the more stressful times in your life.

It can be even harder when life changes in ways that are completely beyond your control and you are caught by surprise. Unfortunate events like loss of loved ones, loss of financial assets, missed work opportunities, academic setbacks happen in life. Change can be disorienting and unsettling. Expect to feel somewhat anxious and blue at times when going through a transition. Whether you want it or not, change will be a part of your life.  Transitions are great opportunities for new beginnings.

-“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”

All the best,

Dr Sayanti Bhattacharya

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