Whether you are starting a new career, ending a long-term relationship, or making a big move, there are some effective ways to make your transition smoother.
Whether you are a perpetual nomad and incessant job hopper, or you are taking the leap into new territory for the first time, there are many ways you can set yourself up for success and minimize the stress of a big transition.
For some, change is a welcome and anticipated event; for others, it's an anxiety-inducing process.
Here are some things to keep in mind when undergoing a transition:
Adaptability is one of the life skills that not only ensures you will find your way back to your happiness when things get shaky, but also is an essential survival technique.
Human beings are extremely adaptable, but we tend to forget this when we get stuck in a rut.
Growth happens outside of our comfort zones, so take a risk, push yourself to discomfort and your horizons will expand, taking your life to a new level.
People who are adaptable are happier, period.
Plan on feeling uncomfortable.
When you can’t find your toothbrush or your new business’s lack of income is causing a panic, plan to remind yourself your circumstances are temporary and these feelings are normal.
Even if you are excited and happy for this change, you still may experience stress. Be sure to keep yourself organized and plan to ask for or hire support when needed.
Plan for financial setbacks by having an emergency fund that will give you a sense of security should things take a turn for the worse. Make sure to construct a back-up plan if that feels helpful to you.
When moving, research your new town to familiarize yourself before even getting settled.
Focus On The Greater Vision
When you make a change in life because you are following a specific dream and it's the necessary next step toward your dream, you will be able to endure the discomfort of transition because the goal is worth it.
A college student puts off working and lives on a minimal budget in a tiny apartment in order to accomplish the bigger goal of earning his or her degree.
If it is your dream to live in a tropical paradise rather than the cold Northern climate, you will do whatever it takes to get there.
Sometimes, that means selling your things, or giving up 4,000 square feet in the suburbs for 400-square-feet on the beach. Sometimes, that means ending a relationship or leaving a secure job.
Your greater vision clarifies your priorities and makes choosing the next step easier — whatever brings you closest to your goal.
Reach Out, Focus Out
Stay connected to friends and family; volunteer or get involved in an organization; ask a new coworker to join you for lunch. Share your frustrations and excitement, and call someone up on the phone if you need to talk.
This is no time to isolate, but celebrate.
Throw yourself a going away party, and you will realize how many people love you and are sad to see you go. Transitions are a rite of passage, and can be smoother when marked by a celebration.
When in doubt, focus out. In other words, all the focus on yourself and your issues can become overwhelming. To get out of your own head, help someone else out.
There is always someone in need, and focusing out is an excellent way of remembering the world doesn’t revolve around you.
Transition is a catalyst for growth and evolution. It is a valuable and necessary step in life when you are pushing for your dreams.
Take care of yourself and those around you by being mindful and practicing these tips, and you will be in the comfortable flow of your new circumstances before you even realize it.