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What Is the Number One Cause of Stress When You Experience Change or Transition?

By Margaret Nash

Thriving Through Transition
Sat, Feb 27, 10am–4pm
Location near Centro, details on registration
US$75 or 1,350 pesos
Discount for prepayment

Let’s face it. The one thing you can count on in life is that you will experience change at some time. And change causes stress—even desired changes like retirement or relocation, not to mention undesired change such as job loss, illness, or financial woes.

Stress, in turn, can cause health issues, lack of motivation, and burnout. Not good!

But here’s the secret. It isn’t change that causes stress but the feeling of losing control.

Think about it. When we move, and things don’t go as planned (ever); or we retire and find we’re not having any fun. Maybe we lose money on an investment; or our spouses announce out of the blue they are leaving for a younger model. Yikes!

We feel insecure, threatened, and afraid of what the future holds for us. We no longer feel we are in the driver’s seat, and life seems to be spinning out of control. Help! Stress!

The good news is there are three questions you can ask in any situation to take back control and regain your equilibrium:

1. Can I change it?

2. Can I come to terms with it?

3. Can I walk away from it?

One of these has to be a “yes,” otherwise, something has to give, and you don’t want it to be your sanity. Let’s look more closely.

1. Can I change it? If you can change anything about the situation, then take action. Just do it. Stress dissolves in relation to action taken.

2. Can I come to terms with it? If you really cannot change it, can you learn to accept it, live with it, or resign yourself to it? Ah, sweet surrender—just let it go.

3. Can I walk away? If it’s a “no” to both of the first two questions, then the third option is simply “getting the hell out of Dodge.” Break off that friendship, move back home, or quit that job. You know that relationship is never going to work. You know you’ll never be happy living in Kansas. Call the realtor.

These are your choices. There are no others. Take one, make a decision to work with it, and feel that stress start to melt away.



It’s like grabbing those reins and getting back in the saddle!

I know—this sounds so easy. You might be asking, “How do I let this go?” or “This is too complex to just walk away from, so what do I do now?”

Come and join me, Margaret Nash, and Sarah Powers, both of us certified, professional life coaches, for a transformative six-hour workshop, “Thriving Through Transition.” In a safe environment, we’ll help you find those answers.

In this workshop, we’ll lead you through a three-step process that worked for us, works for our clients, and will work for you!

Contact Sarah Powers at to register or Margaret Nash at


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