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Times of change and transition are unavoidable in life. Unfortunately, for so many of us, these big life transitions also bring a frenzy of emotions — and we have all faced an abundance of change in recent months. For people who fear change and worry about the unknown, transition can be chaotic and scary at times. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be. Check out the following pointers, courtesy of DeClunk.
For many of us, transition can also be a time of rebirth. It can be a beneficial opportunity to wake up, to become reacquainted with ourselves, and to work towards manifesting our deepest desires. Major life transitions might include moving, starting a family, getting a divorce, changing jobs – or an entire combination of other big events. Whatever the case may be, transition can become a perfect opportunity to replace your bad habits with positive ones.
As Tiny Buddha notes, big life transitions can be teaching tools with important lessons about humility and patience. If you approach these life evolutions with a positive attitude, you’ll move forward with a sense of balance.
Find coping strategies
Coping strategies can make all the difference in your journey. Although times of transition can feel urgent and chaotic, experts at Centered note, “It’s important to recognize this sense of urgency, the continuous expansion and contraction, and learn to cultivate a willingness to receive the change, rather than fighting it.” It’s important to remain “grounded and focused” throughout transitional periods by meditating, doing yoga, or staying present in the moment. These mindful techniques allow us to surrender to inevitable change, rather than fighting it. Sometimes, surrender can be as simple as just remembering to breathe.
Choosing a new direction
Times of change and transition can be difficult for many of us. During times of transition, start by identifying what needs to change in your life to bring you greater happiness, then determine what steps you need to take to improve your situation. This empowers us to begin making healthier choices, eliminating stress, ending toxic relationships, and more.
For instance, now might be the time to search out a new job, or maybe even pursue your passion project. Think through how to make that happen. For example, revisiting your CV could be a terrific first step. You also might want to take some personality tests to determine if entrepreneurship is right for you.
Home sweet home
When determining how to reduce your levels of stress during (and after) transition, it is crucial to take your home environment into consideration. By maintaining a tidy, healthy home, you can actually reduce fatigue, improve your family’s interactions, eliminate depression and anxiety, as well as contribute to overall happiness. In addition to keeping a clean household, those who are prone to depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) might also want to consider purchasing a lightbox or switching to lightbulbs that emit light that is more similar to natural sunlight, as this type of light therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment.
Many people fear times of transition, such as a big move or other major life event. However, by going with the flow rather than resisting change, we can learn to become more flexible, more grateful, and more resilient. When we harness our own power, we are able to work through major transitions and come out on the other side. This can result in a life that is happier, with a greater support system, and an easier road to achieving our dreams and intentions.