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2: Size Up Your Situation

Changing Feelings

If you are in the early stages of a crisis or life transition, you might be feeling some pretty intense emotions. Reflect on your current situation or think about another time when you were dealing with a similar type of change. How did you feel when you first got the news?

a scale weighing a heart and brain

Did Your Feelings Change Over Time

Feelings can change during and after an event. For example, if you were laid off from a job, you might have felt shocked or angry at first. Later, when you got a new job, you might have felt relieved to be starting over.

Think about a past major life transition or event, and focus on your feelings to complete this exercise.

When I first found out about the life change, I felt .

In the process of the life change, I felt .

When I made the change I wanted, I felt .


When I was unable to make the change I wanted, I felt .

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