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.
- Take an honest look at yourself. What are your strengths, weaknesses, skills? How do those influence—positively or negatively—your transition?
- 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!
- Engage your curiosity. What went wrong, or right in your previous role? What could you have done better? What worked really well?
- 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?
- Find support. Since your transition affects your family as well, it may be better to seek the outside support of friends or professionals.
- 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.
- Reassure (or avoid) those who are threatened by, or jealous of, the change.
- 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.
- Let go of how things were “supposed to be” and accept “how things are.” Find appreciation for what is.
- 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.