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Top 10 Ways to Cope with Transitions

21 NOVEMBER 2019

Transitions, whether it is from a job change, a move to a different city or country, or maybe a new role, can be stressful. 

If you’re facing change, consider the following:

1. Take an honest look at yourself. What are your strengths, weaknesses, and skills? How did those influence—positively or negatively—your transition?

2. Step up your self-care. Major changes are physically and emotionally taxing. You need self-care now more than ever.  Don’t wait to do it – set aside at least ten minutes a day for some self-care. 

3. Engage your curiosity. What went wrong, or right? What could you have done better? What worked really well?

4. Focus on what you want, and less on what you don’t want. Keep your eye on the prize.

5. Find support. Since your transition affects your family as well, it may be better to seek the outside support of friends who have gone through similar experiences or professionals who specialize in this area.

6. Work on your thoughts. Calm your fears and reinforce your sense of hope and happiness.  Awareness of your thoughts is the first step – once you are aware, you can start working on how you may need to change your perspective.

7. Reassure (or avoid) those who are threatened by, or jealous of, the change. That is their problem, not yours.  You do what is best for you.  If the others don’t want to support you, that’s okay.  Make now circles of influence.

8. Create your own rite of passage. Ceremony and ritual help with all transitions.  They give us stability, and a calming sense of being in attunement with ourselves.

9. Let go of how things were “supposed to be” and accept “how things are.” Find appreciation for what is.  There is always something to be grateful for, even our mistakes if we have learned from them.

10. Keep things in perspective. Or try on a new perspective. Don’t get stuck. Remember, the only constant is change.  Most times when we look back on events that stressed us out, we wonder why because it all worked out!

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