With 2021 here, you may be reminiscing about events that happened in 2020 or anticipating what lies ahead this year. Like the start of a New Year, our lives are marked by many different changes.
There are career and job transitions that we may have to think about as a result of an unpredictable economy. Relationships may change or end, by our choice or not, and we may need to move on. A loss of a loved one is particularly stressful and may give us a negative outlook on life.
Transitions evoke strong emotions such as anxiety, rejection, curiosity, excitement, anticipation, fear, anger, and loss. The way we have experienced beginnings and endings earlier in our lives profoundly influences the way we experience them later on.
It can be helpful to reflect back on our lives and understand why we act the way we do. The more we know about our habits, the better we can anticipate, evaluate, and handle the emotional fallout that often accompanies the changes in our lives.
As for me personally, I definitely have issues with transitions. Awareness and acceptance of this fact has helped me develop strategies to make this less of an issue. Below are some tips that I use to stay calm during times of transition.
* Maintain an optimistic attitude. Your thoughts have a major impact on your life. Thinking positive thoughts rejuvenates your mind and body. A positive outlook helps you focus on solutions, whereas a negative outlook just draws attention to problems. An optimistic attitude increases your creativity and strengthens your immune system.
* Practice gratitude. Write down the things you are grateful for, no matter how big or small. This can be extremely uplifting and will help you shift your energy.
* Establish a strong support network of friends and family. This is the most important element in dealing with the stress of change. It’s extremely helpful to share your feelings and get supportive feedback.
* Expect and accept change as a regular part of life. Adopt an attitude that accepts and welcomes change and uncertainty. Understand that change is needed to help you grow, both personally and professionally.
* Establish a clear vision of what you want. When you move towards something that’s satisfying and meaningful to you, you’ll be much more motivated to handle the roadblocks that come your way.
* Live in the present moment. If you want to move forward, it’s important to let go of the negative past. You can choose to be a victim and feel sorry for yourself, or you can choose to be focused and present in your life. Once you are “present,” you are much better equipped to attract positive things and to handle life’s transitions.
Keep in mind that different things work for different people, and that your strategies may change over time. Learning to deal with change is a lifetime process that takes patience. Little by little, I’m learning that change doesn’t have to be scary. It’s an opportunity to grow and expand my horizons. I’m interested in any thoughts that you have about dealing with change.
“Change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” Mandy Hale
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