Top 10 Ways to Cope with Job Transition

Job and career transitions can be stressful—no matter the cause (e.g. a layoff, a new job or working extra hours because others were laid off). If you’re facing one, consider the following.

1. Take an honest look at yourself. What are your values, strengths, skills, and passions? How might those positively influence your transition? Take the time to identify the best of what you bring to any situation, especially at work.

2. Step up your self-care. Major changes are physically and emotionally taxing. You need self-care now more than ever. Make it a priority to eat right, exercise, and take time for yourself. Do those things that you find nurturing and restorative. Self-neglect just makes everything harder. You can only bring your best if you are taking care of yourself.

3. Work on your thoughts. Calm your fears and reinforce your sense of hope and happiness. This is not always easy. But there are lots of strategies to manage your thinking, such as meditation, prayer, and hypnosis, to name a few.

4. Engage your curiosity. What worked really well? What could you have done better? What can you learn from this experience?

5. Focus on what you want, and not on what you don’t want. Give some thought to your goals. Set your sights on your next target, and focus on that. Where do you want to go from here? What do you want next? Discover what you need to thrive in your job and career.

6. Find support. Since your transition may affect your family as well, don’t be afraid to enlist the help and support of friends or professionals. Ask for help.

7. Reassure (or just plain avoid) those who are threatened by, or jealous of, the change. This is really another way of ensuring your support system supports you, your mindset, and your goals.

8. Create your own rite of passage. Ceremony and ritual help with all transitions. Allow yourself to grieve the loss of your job or coworkers. Celebrate the opportunity to create a new future.

9. Let go of how things were “supposed to be” and accept “how things are.” Find appreciation for what is. Consider creating your own ceremony or ritual for letting go.

10. Keep things in perspective. Or try on a new perspective. Don’t get stuck. Remember, the only constant is change, and there is always hope for the future. Planned and unplanned transitions are full of opportunity to create a more satisfying future. Take advantage of the opportunity.

 

Author’s content used with permission, © Claire Communications

 

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