You go through many transitions, or changes, in your life. They can
be good, bad, or just something different. Transitions include getting married
or divorced, moving, a new baby, a new job, or changes in your health.
All transitions can be stressful. Even a good transition, such as
getting a better job, is a change and can cause stress.
Often thought of as a hippy-dippy practice aimed at transcendence,
meditation is coming into its own as a stress-reduction technique for even the
most type-A kind of people.
In 2005, for instance, severe chest pains sent Michael Mitchell to the
emergency room in fear of a heart attack. It turned out to be gastroesophageal
reflux disease, or GERD. Nevertheless, after checking his heart, the doctor
admitted him and chastised him for not coming in sooner. “That really shook me
up. It was a wake-up...
During a transition, you may not feel sure of yourself. You may feel
that you have lost something or feel nervous about the change. If you feel this
way during a transition, you may notice more intense symptoms of
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).