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Here’s are some tips for ensuring your life transition goes smoothly:
Take Care of Yourself
When you are stressed, you don’t eat, don’t sleep, and don’t do many of the other “basic” life functions. You just kind of move into “manic zombie mode” focused on tackling the obstacle at hand and ignoring your own needs. While such a transition strategy may be my default, it’s not healthy. Taking care of yourself is typically most important when you aren’t feeling like it. Prioritizing diet, exercise, and sleep are three big keys to moving through a big transition.
Stick to a Schedule
For many of us the big hold up arises when we begin to feel like our lives are spiraling out of control. A surefire way to provide the structure you crave when making big changes is to stick to a schedule. By having a schedule for the times in life that are so-not scheduled, you can greatly reduce your stress surrounding the situation.
Ask for Help
Realize that it’s okay to not be able to handle everything on your own. We all encounter seasons in life where we need assistance, and major transitions are typically the driving cause behind our need for “backup”. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when juggling a lot of change – you’re not “weak”, you’re just normal.
Change Isn’t a Four-Letter Word
No matter how much we try to avoid disruption, it is often inevitable. But change doesn’t have to always be defined within the binary restrictions of “good” or “bad”. Sometimes ( most times ) change is just “change”- just something different that requires some flexible “finagling” on our part. By prioritizing our health, following a schedule, and asking for help, we can help mitigate the stresses change-mandated metamorphosis presents.