Do Life’s Changes Cause You Anxiety?

They say change is as good as a holiday, but is it really? Do you constantly worry about how life’s changes will affect you, your family or your future?

When we think of going on holiday, we envision relaxation, leisure, entertainment and fun. However, this is usually not the case when we experience change.  More often than not, change take us out of our comfort-zone and puts us in a position of uncertainty, doubt and stress which brings about anxiety.

We can all think of a time where we had to go through uncomfortable changes whether it was a new job, moving to another city, getting married or divorced, coping with life after the loss of a loved one, political and economic changes. These changes can feel distressing and threatening and they can cause us to feel anxious and fearful of the future.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety can be explained as a state of uneasiness and apprehension about future uncertainties. It’s a normal response to a state of uncertainty and fear resulting from the anticipation of a real or imagined threatening event or situation often impairing physical and psychological functioning. Most of us have experienced it at some time in our lives.

What are anxiety symptoms?

These are some of the symptoms we might experience:

  • Numbness
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pains
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nervousness
  • Feeling of loss of control

It is important to understand that it is normal to experience some anxiety from time to time. However, when it starts to disrupt the daily functioning of normal life, it becomes an anxiety disorder which, according to various research studies, is prevalent in approximately 20% of the population.

What are the causes of anxiety?

Anxiety can be caused by different situations;

  • Life changes, especially when perceived as threatening
  • Inability to adjust to the changes
  • Prolonged periods of stress
  • Constant worrying about the future


Treatment often depends on the cause and level of your anxiety.

Here are a few ways that you could reduce and get your anxiety under control:

  • Sessions with a counsellor
  • Various healing therapeutic processes
  • Short-term medication
  • Meditation
  • Breathing exercises

Changes are a part of life, we cannot avoid them, but we don’t have to allow them to get the better of us.

Get support, talk to someone, anxiety is treatable. You may not always know what the future holds but you can learn how to manage stress and overcome anxiety, and this change could be as good as a holiday!


Complied by:

Nonkululeko Ngema

Registered Counsellor

Contact: 074 342 0986


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