3 Types of Life Transitions

Updated: Jan 17

Life is constantly changing, whether we are aware of it or not. Sometimes there might be a feeling of stagnation, but in reality, even if we are not changing, things around us do.

Some changes are small, little changes in the way you live, like starting yoga classes, getting new friends or challenging yourself to learn a new language.

Other changes are more impactful. They turn your life upside down and change forever the person you are. These more profound changes, the ones that change your inner life, are called life transitions.

What are life transitions, and how are they different to change?

A life transition is an internal process. It’s a profound shift within yourself. A change in how you feel, think and act in the world.

What’s the difference between a change and life transition? Changes are mainly external events. Sometimes these events are initiated by you or imposed on you. Change itself does not impact the way you perceive your world.

CHANGE may lead to a life transition, but TRANSITION always leads us to CHANGE.

Different types of life transitions

You’re likely to experience more than one transition in your life. Here are three different life transitions. The first two are most likely already part of your life experience, while the third one is a little more uncommon.

1. Developmental Transitions

Developmental transitions are the changes you experience as part of growing and ageing. These include; the transition from child to adolescent, adolescent to adulthood, adulthood to middle age, and middle age to mature age. These transitions can be profoundly painful or relatively smooth, depending on the person and their circumstances.

2. Transitions initiated by external events

External events may result in a profound life transition, as they have the power to change your values and beliefs.

Example of transitions initiated by external events:

  • Marriage or divorce

  • Career change or loss of job

  • Having or losing a child

  • Moving home, city or country

  • Serious illness (yours or family member)

  • Death of a loved person

3.0 Awakening life transitions

Awakening life transitions can happen at any point in life, but not everyone will experience them. As the word “awakening” suggests, these transitions are changes in perception and awareness.

Life events don’t necessarily initiate awakening life transitions. An image, sentence, or feelings can trigger life awakenings.

Whatever causes the awakening, it will initiate a profound search within yourself. It changes your life forever.

Transitions change your life

What is common about all life transitions? They’re an opportunity to learn, grow, and possibly help you improve your life.

I’ve seen life transitions affect people’s lives in both positive and negative ways.

How you cope with your life transition depends on many factors including;

  • Flexibility towards the transition

  • Your willingness to change

  • Mental and physical health

  • Support systems in place

Transitions can be very difficult. The best way to deal with a life transition is to be extra patient with yourself. Practice extra self-care and reach out for support if you feel overwhelmed. The end result may surprise you and most likely bring you new meaning, improved sense of self, and a joyful life.

Are you going through a life transition? I offer free 30-minute video calls to new clients. Talking helps.

Get in touch.

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