When it comes to making the intentional decision to grow, change is inevitable. Stepping out of your comfort zone is what leads to the most positive growth. In this post I’m going to share some ways on how to handle a life transition. My intention for this post is to help you feel seen because it is definitely not easy getting to the other side.
There are so many different types of life transitions. Some are intentional ones that we choose such as career changes, relocating to a new place and relationship status changes (marriage or divorce). Other types can be unexpected such as an illness or the death of a loved one. Either way, transitions are not easy. Therefore, it’s valid to take longer to take action on certain goals or dreams sometimes because comfort is what feels “safe.”
Many of you know that I’ve been on a life transition of my own for the past year. I ended a long term relationship and engagement which brought a bunch of ups and downs. It has taken a while but I finally feel like I’m “on the other side” feeling happier than ever. Although the breakup brought a transition filled with pain and loneliness, it was all worth it at the end because I’ve made room for new possibilities. Continue reading for some ways to handle a life transition.
The first step in handling a life transition is to accept change. I know, it’s easier said than done but unfortunately, the only guarantee we have in life is that change is constant. It is a natural and inevitable part of the human experience. The most important factor here is your thoughts on change. That is the only thing you can control anyway so once you change your thoughts to better serving ones, you’ll feel a positive shift.
You’ll see that this life transition is opening the door to new opportunities and possibilities. Even if the transition didn’t start out being a “positive” one. Either way, by intentionally keeping an open mind, you’ll find that everything needed to happen the way it did for one reason or another. So make the effort to accept the reality that change is inevitable and it is for the better.
Life transitions involve a variety of emotions. One day you feel optimistic about everything and the next you’re doubting and questioning it all. It’s important to note that these transitions bring challenges but also positive outcomes. Because of that, it is completely normal to feel a range of emotions during the transition.
It’s important to set realistic expectations that’ll ease your process. If you initiated the transition, for example if you chose to end a relationship or changed careers, remind yourself of the intention behind that choice. During moments of doubt, center yourself and choose to focus on the “why.” This can help bring ease and acceptance to the present circumstances. Embrace the journey involving setbacks and be sure to celebrate your progress.
As mentioned earlier, life transitions come with different emotions. This can lead to feeling exhausted and drained. This is why your wellbeing is necessary during this time. You can’t benefit others if you are not taking care of yourself first. Be sure to get plenty of sleep, nourish your body with proper nutrition, and get movement in as much as possible. Also, be sure to focus on your mental health as well by meditating, journaling and getting therapy or coaching.
Another important thing to note here is to be kind to yourself during this time. Give yourself compassion especially if you experience setbacks or doubt. You are human and transitions aren’t easy even if it’s one that’s supposed to be a happy one (i.e marriage or a new baby).
Create your support system
The next way to handle a life transition is to create a supportive network. This is essential not only to provide comfort and support but you can also have a sense of accountability as well. Reach out to friends and family when you need someone. This is an act of strength and courage. There is so much power in shared experiences and connecting with others who have gone through something similar.
People enjoy helping others so give them the opportunity to be there for you when you need it. You can find emotional support, guidance and encouragement from your support system. It helps so much to release thoughts and feelings out of your body by talking things out loud. This can be a great way to heal and progress in your life transition.
Take action on your plan
The final way to handle a life transition is to create a plan of action. How do you want this transition to go? You are the creator of your life and you get to choose how things go. So create achievable goals and then break them down into manageable steps. The purpose of this step is to remain organized, perhaps create a timeline and seek the necessary guidance if need be. This will help you feel in control and empowered of your journey.
One final thought I have about handling a life transition is that there is no “right” way to do this. Avoid comparing yourself to others because everyone is on their own unique path. Remain focused on your journey and you’ll see that by following some of the tips listed in this post, your life transition will feel a little less difficult.
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