Job transitions can be stressful—whether they’re due to redundancy, a new job, promotion or working extra hours because others workers were laid off.


If you are facing one of these situations, consider the following.


  1. Take an honest look at yourself. What are your strengths, weaknesses, skills? How do those influence—positively or negatively—your transition?


  1. Step up your self-care. Major changes are physically and emotionally taxing. You need to look after yourself now more than ever. Review your exercise regime, your diet and ensure you get enough sleep!


  1. Engage your curiosity. What went wrong, or right in your previous role? What could you have done better? What worked really well?


  1. Focus on what you want, and less on what you don’t want. Keep your eye on the prize. Now is a great time to look at the future possibilities. Do you need to re-train in an area that you believe would lead you to your ideal career?


  1. Find support. Since your transition affects your family as well, it may be better to seek the outside support of friends or professionals.


  1. Work on your thoughts. Calm your fears and reinforce your sense of hope and happiness. Believe in yourself as anything is possible if you want it enough.


  1. Reassure (or avoid) those who are threatened by, or jealous of, the change.


  1. Create your own rite of passage. A rite of passage marks a significant transition in a person’s life. How these transitions are managed can be instrumental in determining who we become.


  1. Let go of how things were “supposed to be” and accept “how things are.” Find appreciation for what is.


  1. Keep things in perspective. Or try on a new perspective. Don’t get stuck. Remember, the only constant is change. Everything must change, so try to make sure it changes for the better.

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