HOW TO ADJUST TO MAJOR LIFE TRANSITIONS
Major life transitions have a way of turning us inside out, and our lives upside down. Some examples are marriage, giving birth to a child, or a brand new job in a different city. Transition is always hard to navigate, especially when we’re pushed outside of our comfort zones. Old ways of doing things and being may no longer apply. Drastic overhauls – new routines, environments, and people – may become the need of the hour.
As difficult as it can be to manage, change can be a very good thing. It allows you to try something new, do something new, and be a new person. If you were stuck in a pattern that didn’t serve you before, for instance, change can be the push you need to get unstuck. With the right attitude, you can turn your life around.
Women Connect offers a safe space where you can share your experiences, explore your creativity, and get support from like-minded women and non-binary and gender-fluid people. In this mini-guide, we offer advice on how you can use major transitions to push yourself into shaking off bad habits and bringing in positive new ones in their place:
Pay close attention to your health and wellness
When was the last time you had a good exercise routine going? What about self-care activities like meditation, going into nature, dancing, and listening to music? If your old schedule has changed or you’re in a new environment, then it’s freed up room in your schedule and life for something different. You can now build up a new lifestyle – one where you prioritize self-care.
Develop a healthier diet
You may find yourself favoring “easy” food – ready meals from supermarkets, takeaway from restaurants, and leftovers from the day before. While it’s convenient, skipping home-cooked meals may leave you short on necessary nutrients. A healthy, balanced diet is essential for good health and to have plenty of energy. A few recommendations from HealthGuide are eating in moderation, drinking plenty, taking your time, and having balanced meals.
Make your home a positive space
With your busy lifestyle and countless obligations, you may have no time or energy for cleaning your home. The clutter may have piled up, and things may be messy or organized. This has an impact on your health. It can affect your mood, reduce your energy, and even make you unhappy. A clean, organized, and clutter-free home, on the other hand, has the opposite effect. It makes you happier, healthier, and boosts your energy levels. If there are any problems in your space, troubleshoot them to make a healthy and healing atmosphere.
Take charge of your career
You spend a great deal of your time at work. If your workload is too challenging, your job unsatisfying, or the people you work with are bringing you down, then a new job – in a new environment – may be just what you need. To maximize your chances of landing a new job, you’ll need to update and spruce up your resume. You can make changes to your existing PDF resume using an editor tool. Need to know how to edit a PDF online? It’s as simple as uploading the file online, making the changes, downloading, and sharing.
Surround yourself with positive people
We all have hung out with people we know aren’t good for us at one time or another. If you do it all the time, it becomes a habit – and you end up becoming like those people, reports Elite Daily. It can lead to you picking up bad attitudes, habits, and even addictions. You can use your new life transition to troubleshoot some of these connections. By making friends with good people, you’ll have an easier time maintaining a positive outlook on life, not to mention feel better supported.
Get in tune with your feelings and emotions
Most people, regardless of gender, feel their emotions strongly. After all, they’re almost physical and have a tangible impact on their body, from their mental state to energy levels. Unfortunately, few people are taught how to manage or regulate their emotions properly. An excess of emotions like anger, anxiety, and sadness properly can lead to health problems if left unchecked. You can manage your emotions better by expressing yourself more, doing something physical, practicing gratitude, spending time in nature, and listening to music.
Every cloud has a silver lining, and every major life transition is a blessing (sometimes in disguise). All you need to make the most of it is the right attitude – mainly a willingness to accept change and make the most of it. Be optimistic, think constructively, and seize the opportunity to build a better, improved life for yourself.
Written by Amy Collett
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