There are some events in life that are naturally more stressful than others, and they leave a significant impact on us. We refer to them under the ‘life-changing events’ term.
It might mean something big and beautiful, or it might be something life-changing and horrific. When these things happen, sometimes it is nice to know who you can turn to before things get too overwhelming.
Here are a few of the top life-changing events and the best people you can reach out to, after friends and family, of course.
Death of a Loved One
There is no easy way to say it. Eventually, we all lose someone that we love. It might be a spouse, or a close friend, either way, it leaves a person-shaped hole that can never be refilled.
If we are lucky, we get a chance to say goodbye, but more often than not, it is out of our control. When people leave, there are mixed emotions – shock, sadness, guilt at the things we did or did not say.
Sometimes the circumstances mean we need to take action, you might need help with wrongful death suit, or to have someone come in and help you manage the assets and family arguments. Whatever it is you also need to make sure that you are taking care of yourself too.
Resting well, and remembering to eat is essential. Leaning on good friends and family is going to help you with some emotional support, but you might choose to seek help from a grief counselor too.
It is okay to ask for help when you feel overwhelmed.
Start a New Job
Believe it or not, one of the most stressful things in life can be starting a new job. It might be that you have been in education up until now and are finally heading out to a ‘real’ job, or it could be a change in career or company.
The first few days and sometimes weeks can mean you have to seek a lot of support from friends and family. When you are trying to memorize people’s names, who is in which office as well as the general rules of the office it can take just the smallest thing to put that off-kilter.
It is best to try and remember that you don’t know everything, and no one expects you to – no matter what level you have been hired into. When you start a new job, you will often be assigned a mentor, or there may be a person in the office or in HR that you can talk to about the adjustment period without feeling like you are being judged.
We all dream of the day we can turn our alarm clock off for good, but what happens then? Well, you begin to lose your sense of purpose and belonging. For decades you will have had the routine of work, and workmates around you for between 5 and 7 days a week.
After the initial few weeks of feeling like you’re on holiday have passed, it might be time to seek out some clubs for your age group. They are often brimming with activities, and have plenty of other people who are also looking to implement some more structure in their lives.
Who do you turn to in the moment of a life a changing event?