Transition is almost synonymous with the Marine Corps way of life. We should all be Semper Gumby, right? While transitions are not unique to the military, the types, the frequency, and even brevity of transitions are unique. Most of us can probably relate to standing in the middle of our home, which is now filled with boxes and strangers packing up all of our memories, and just hoping that everything makes it, undamaged, to its final destination, wherever that may be.
Transitions are often complex, challenging, and can bring many powerful ever changing mixed emotions. Most of us are aware that during active transitions we may experience a flood of emotions which cause stress. But what happens when those lingering feelings of stress, uneasiness, and sadness persist even after you are settled into your new surroundings? According to Kate Berardo, an expert on preparing people for cultural adjustment and transitions, there are Five Cultures of Change: Routines, Reactions, Roles, Relationships, and Reflections. Hopefully, by understanding the 5 R's we can understand ourselves better and understand our emotions during and after transitions.
If you still find yourself struggling with your emotions, others can help. Your local Community Counseling Program can help you to work through some of the issues that accompany transitions.
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