Problems can arise from seemingly positive life transitions such as the birth of a child or a move - or through simply entering a new phase of life. For example, reaching a certain age makes one question the meaning and purpose of one's life. Although marriage, retirement, getting a new job with greater responsibility, or becoming a parent can each be positive change, they may also bring new stresses that may leave you feeling unprepared. Stress can come from the countless adjustments and burdens any transition brings — however welcome.
First time parents are often shocked at the massive upheaval in their lives an infant brings. Few, and perhaps especially young mothers are prepared for the intensity of their feelings. Sleep lost to a crying baby, the need for constant vigilance, and other concerns caring for a baby may make new mothers insecure. Temporarily, this may outweigh the joy that you and the surrounding culture anticipate and expect. These contradictions and the intense feelings can bring huge stresses to domestic relationships.
Fortunately, transition difficulties are often short-lived changes that can be addressed through brief therapy. If you feel that your stress levels are too high or that you need a bit of breathing space, a brief period of therapy may be in order.
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