David Foster Wallace once said, "Everything I've ever let go of has claw marks on it." Almost anyone who's gone through a big life change can relate: Whether you're moving to a new city, leaving for college, or experiencing a divorce in your family, having life throw a major curve ball your way can leave you longing for the way things were. But growing up is all about learning to leave some things behind in order to embrace the new. Dealing with a unsettling transition may not be easy, but there are ways to keep your sanity intact -- and to turn the challenges into opportunities for growth.
Click through the slideshow below for five practical tips on getting through a big life change, and tell us: How do you deal during times of upheaval? Tell us in the comments below or tweet @HuffPostTeen.