Life transitions are periods in life involving lots of change to your lifestyle. They might also be a result of important events that make you stop and evaluate your life. Life transitions may run smoothly but people often struggle to adjust to change and may find these periods of life highly stressful and perhaps distressing.
People often have problems adjusting to the concept of entering ‘middle age’ and may experience what is commonly called a mid-life crisis – they may go out and buy a sports car, leave their partner for a younger person or make extravagant purchases. This is because people start to evaluate their lives and their successes, a process that can be very painful and emotional and in which people may feel stuck.