Top 10 Ways to Cope with Job Transition
Job transitions can be stressful—whether they’re due to layoff, a new job, working extra hours because other workers were laid off, going back to study, or going out in business on your own. Transitions are like train stations, lots of paths to take, but there will be one that is right for you for this part of your journey. You can change tracks down the line if you want to! If you’re facing a job transition, consider the following:
- Take an honest look at yourself. What are your strengths, weaknesses, skills? How did those influence—positively or negatively—your transition?
- Step up your self-care. Major changes are physically and emotionally taxing. You need self-care now more than ever so take time out to spend on yourself, go for a walk or run, read a book, eat well, prioritise good sleep patterns.
- Engage your curiosity. Reflect on what went wrong, or right? Where could you have done better? Were there things that worked really well?
- Focus on what you want, and less on what you don’t want. Keep your eye on the prize.
- 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.
- Reassure (or avoid) those who are threatened by, or jealous of, the change.
- Create your own rite of passage. Ceremony and ritual and conscious reflection help with all transitions.
- 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 that change is a constant in life and this job transition will resolve itself into your new normal over time. Take some time to settle into the changes, then you can reassess. Set some new goals and plan ahead to achieve the lifestyle or job you are looking for. Maybe its time to start your own venture? Coaches are a great help here! Contact me to set some goals that will impact your future.