When change is the only constant, your super power is learning how to navigate change and take really good care of yourself through the process.
Transition and change is happening constantly on a micro-level – like waking up in the morning, moving from one location to another, going from feeling hungry to digesting your meal.
But let’s talk about how to navigate change during some of life’s bigger transitions – like changing jobs, moving in with a partner, starting a family, breaking up, loss, recovering from a serious injury or illness.
These bigger life changes and new chapters can be incredibly exciting, while at other times terrifying, and most times – honestly, 99.99% of the time – they can be both of those things at once.
When Your Comfort Zone Doesn’t Feel Comfortable
Change rattles our comfort zone. Even if we think we’re ready for it or have been working towards it, our brains almost immediately interject. WAIT A MINUTE. The human brain sticks with what it knows out of safety – even if we desire to change, our fear-resistant brain keep us in our comfort zone of what we know – because it’s safe. It’s familiar. Even if what we know really sucks! Even if we so desperately want something very different than where we are right now…
(psst, that’s where hiring a coach can be incredibly life changing. A good coach will help you work through fears and create new habits and beliefs about yourself, leading to real, lasting change in your life. If you want to learn more, let’s hop on an introductory call!)
Experiencing change? It’s even more important to take really good care of yourself. Here’s how:
1. Take care of your basic needs: listen to your body for signals of fatigue and hunger
Sounds like a “duh” moment but be honest…. are you actually listening to your body? It is so important in moments of transition when we’re thrown out of our routines, experience more stress, have to sit in an unusual period of uncertainty.
Listen to your body for signals for hunger and make time to eat real, whole meals.
Listen to your body for signals of fatigue and allow yourself to rest. Even if it feels like there’s so much to do, or not enough time, or more you could be doing – slow down and rest. If you don’t, you’ll likely pay for it in other ways later.
2. Move with intention
Who do you want to become? This is the moment – in transition – where you exercise your power of choice. What parts of you are you shedding and letting go, what parts of you do you wish to bring forward and let expand? Move with intention and curiosity.
3. Be in this moment, now: soak it all up
Take it all in! Soak it up! Notice the changes happening around you and let yourself be apart of them. Don’t rush forward, let every single piece of the process be apart of the end result (even if you’re unemployed and desperate for that job offer to come through, or you’re moving apartments and your place is in shambles and you just want it to be over… let yourself breathe HERE, NOW, savor THIS MOMENT.
4. Journal Daily
Write your way through this experience – the easy parts and the difficult moments. Turn to the page for answers to your spiraling worries or to fuel to your burning desires and excitements.
What are the signals you get from your body that you’re hungry? Be specific.
What are the signals you get from your body that you’re tired? Burnt out?
Do you listen?
Are there any basic needs that you’ve been ignoring recently in favor of “pushing through?”
What change do you need to make this week to honor those needs?
How can you be more present in this transition? What are you resisting? What are you excited to see grow?