Posted by on March 29, 2014

Things change. It’s a fact of life.

And when they change, we find ourselves in a period of transition as we adjust to a new way of living in the world. In fact, whether you’re facing a career change, a major buying decision, a big move, a divorce, or a change in the family, we’re almost always in a state of transition because life is constantly evolving.

Although it’s a completely normal fact of life, navigating a transition can be unnerving and overwhelming for some people. Whether your transition is out of your control or by choice, it can stir up all kinds of emotions, fears, and dark recesses that can interfere with the process, making it more stressful than it needs to be.

If you’re currently faced with a difficult life change and would like some help getting through it, here are a few steps you can take to gain control and move through your transition with ease and grace:

Step 1: Accept the fact that things change. 

Although change is inevitable, it’s natural to feel some resistance when life evolves. After all, you were perfectly fine with the way things were! Why did they have to change? Working through this resistance is a critical step in moving through your transition. So instead of fighting against the change and focusing on the way things used to be or fretting about the “what if’s”, try to lean into it. Look for the positive. Accept it.

Step 2: Stay present and choose your thoughts.

When people go through a difficult transition, they have a tendency to catastrophize their situation and dwell on harmful, stress-inducing thoughts.

To prevent this, focus on being mindful and staying in the present moment. When you’re fully present you can choose which thoughts you listen to. For example, you can choose to tune out the harmful, self-destructive thoughts, and tune into the positive and empowering thoughts that will get you through your transition with grace.

Step 3: Ask for support.

You don’t have to go through a transition alone. Seek out trusted individuals for support and advice. For example, if you have a family member who is a great listener, go to her when you need to vent. If you have a friend who has been through a similar transition, go to him for advice. No matter where you turn for support, always remember that you don’t have to go through it alone.

If you’d like expert help developing a proven transition plan that will create the results you desire and reduce transition-related stress, I’m here to help! Contact christy@permissiontopause.com to get started.

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