How to Cope during a Major Life Transition
Thriving during a major life transition? Sounds pretty impossible but think about it. Going through major life transitions can be stressful, confusing, and downright frightening. However, not all major life transitions are completely negative, and many are worth the journey even while uncomfortable.
Happiness and success are not things you can ride on constantly. They come through in waves as you try to balance and adjust to the different strengths of their currents. This means you have the strength and courage to cope and make it through with the right tools and resources.
Focus on Why
What do you want or desire from life? Why do you want to wake up each morning and get moving? How do you want to feel when your day is done? These are the questions you need to answer to change your perspective, focus, and direction in this difficult moment.
Engage in Self-Care as Much as Possible
Eating right, exercise, sleep and getting the right hydration are by far the most important things to get right when it comes to your health. During a major life transition, the last thing you want to worry about is the effects of dehydration or stress of the emergency room and hospital bills. So, make self-care your main priority and source of motivation to get each day moving.
Take It Slow
Don’t focus on the future right now. Instead, focus on the present moment. Remember, one day and step at a time is all you need to succeed. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many daily expectations.
Take breaks as you need them to keep your mind and body as healthy as possible during this transition. You have every right to do less, and don’t feel guilty for it either. Be proud of every step or task you complete. You are human, and it is only natural to go through up and down moments.
Reach Out to Others or Find Ways to Laugh
Laughing and being around loved ones are the best sources of medicine. They can fill you up in an instant and make you feel like you can take on the world. Just because you are going through a stressful or hard time doesn’t mean you can’t pause and enjoy the good things too.
A change in perspective and willingness or desire to improve, achieve and focus on your goals, alongside good self-care, are what it takes to cope through many life transitions. It takes mindfulness and small, consistent steps to better cope as you get through this difficult, confusing, or sad time.