Managing Life Transitions: How to Make It Through Difficult Changes and Thrive
If there’s one constant in life, it’s undoubtedly that you will experience change.
Even when you reminisce, it’s evident that different elements in your life have changed—career, relationship status, residence, mindset, goals, etc. Although these changes are natural, they’re not always easy to navigate.
Simply put, you may find that managing life transitions is challenging. They tend to require a great deal of energy, focus, and emotional output, after all.
Yet, it is possible to thrive during transitions and make the most of change. Here’s how.
Handling change is more effortless when you know about the upcoming curves in the road.
For example, maybe you’re planning your wedding, relocating to another state, or stepping into a new role at work. These sort of changes can still be challenging, but you can also prepare in advance for them.
However, managing life transitions sometimes means winging it. Perhaps you’re facing a divorce, a sudden job loss, or a death in the family. Changes such as this can hit hard and cut deep.
Planning for the unexpected is a bit too cliche to be practical. Yet, you can have a game plan in place focused on how you will respond to unforeseen events with poise.
Stick to a Routine
When you’re managing life transitions, one of the biggest upsets is that your world can go topsy-turvy in a flash. Suddenly, you’re downing truckloads of carbs and can’t sleep at 4:00 a.m. Needless to say, this can drain you of energy and throw you off your game.
To thrive during transitions, it’s important to embrace as much of your routine as possible. Sticking to a routine will help to keep you grounded and feeling more sure about yourself.
For example, try to be loyal to your bedtime routine and don’t ignore your fitness regime. Dozens of apps hone in on bedtime routine support. And if you can’t make it to the gym or out for your daily jog, do some jumping jacks wherever you happen to be that day.
Keep your body happy and your mind will follow suit.
Facing a difficult life transition, especially a painful one, can motivate you to put on gray-colored glasses. You may notice far more negative aspects to a certain life change than positive ones.
Managing life transitions successfully, however, calls for an attitude of gratitude. It’s vital for you to purposefully see the good in your life—the good in this particular life change.
Granted, it might feel like your heart is bleeding out gallons of much-needed blood, and you’re emotionally turning pale. Life hurts at times. Furthermore, it’s okay to feel your pain and discomfort during this transition.
But, make a point to review all the things in your life for which you are grateful. Go as far as saying them out loud daily. Practicing gratitude will help you to embrace this entire experience more fully.
Keep Moving Forward
Momentum is a powerful force. Unsurprisingly, experiencing a life change has a way of stopping you in your tracks.
You might have to put your career dreams on hold for a few years to stay at home with your newborn, for example. Or maybe traveling the world will your partner is sadly no longer a part of the equation.
Whatever life changes you face, keep moving forward with your self-growth. Take care of you.
Moreover, as you navigate your life transition, try to see the areas where you struggle—worrying too much, being reactive, letting anxiety overwhelm you, etc. Use this life change as a compass to guide you to a better version of yourself.
If an upcoming life transition has you feeling a bit on edge, please contact me today. Together, we can review options to help you navigate life’s changes with confidence. Visit here to learn more about how I can help.