Overcoming an Overwhelming Transition

Overcoming an Overwhelming Transition by Ivy Souter // alwaysfullydressedwithasmile.com

I wasn’t sure if I was going to write this post because usually I give advice on difficult things that you may have to do in life or in recovery, but this topic I can’t really give advice on this topic because I haven’t overcome a significant transition in my life in an effective way.

The reason why I decided to publish it is because sometimes it’s nice to know that your not alone in a certain situation. I’m sure like me a few people who will read this post are currently going through a scary transition and maybe even one similar to mine.

I graduated with my class this past Sunday from high-school, which felt absolutely amazing because there were times where I didn’t think that would happen.

Now comes the overwhelming transition, high-school to college.

Even though I am only attending a college five minutes away from both my mom’s house and my dad’s house, it is a huge transition towards independence. Independence is very scary for me, but I know it is something that will allow me to grow in my recovery and something that is necessary for life. That doesn’t make it any less terrifying.

I am currently dealing with anxiety and stress over transitioning to college and gaining independence as an adult in the world. I recently have changed therapists due to my former therapist going on maternity leave and deciding not to come back to work. I went to my first session with her yesterday and I think she will be a great fit for me. We talked about working on my anxiety around becoming independent in future sessions. I am grateful that I have her to assist me through this scary transition.

The truth is, everyone struggles with this transition and it’s never perfect. Just like nothing is ever perfect. I will accept that I will make mistakes along the way and I may not always make the best decision, but that is what this time is for: learning more about my identity and trying new things and learning lessons.

Thankfully, I have already started doing those things while in treatment for my eating disorder. This brings up another point: no I am not thankful for my eating disorder, but I am thankful for the things that have grown out of it and the experiences it has allowed me to have.

I am taking my first steps towards independence and yes it’s scary, but I will take it one step at a time. 

Just know that if you are experiencing a scary transition, you are not alone. Many people have dealt with similar situations and come out of it healthier and happier. That is what I continue to tell myself everyday.

If anyone has advice for overcoming the transition from high-school to college, or any big transition, you are welcome to share it below. 

Overcoming an Overwhelming Transition by Ivy Souter // alwaysfullydressedwithasmile.com


  1. Lyss says:

    The transition from high school to college is tough, but boy is college great. You are going to grow even more and learn a tremendous amount about yourself. Stay in the here and now though, the transition will be just fine. Enjoy your summer first though 🙂 xoxo

  2. Tet says:

    Hi, this is my first time visiting your blog. I gotta say you’re writing very well and in a very honest manner. Kudos! Advice? Hmm.. Just enjoy the ride, whether good or bad, it’s just a phase. 🙂

  3. Megan says:

    College is such a great time, you are going to love it. My advice for you would be, be prepared to be uncomfortable. It can be lonely, you may have your beliefs challenged and you can feel a little lost. But…you grow so much and meet some amazing people, so it is all worth it!

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