5 Steps to Navigate a Transition

Explore how to embrace change.

Changes in life are not always easy.

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Transitions are a natural part of life, arising as you journey through milestones. However, many people have trouble coping with these times, according to First Psychology counseling services. Whether it’s tying the knot, reaching a significant age, receiving a diagnosis, a new career, becoming a parent, or retiring, change is inevitable.

These changes can boil up a pot of emotions. But by understanding how to navigate a transition, you can glide with the tide, not against it. Here are five tips on how to manage changes.

Accept change as a natural part of life
Acceptance is key when it comes to significant life changes. By shifting your perspective and embracing change as a natural part of life, you can accept these transitions, according to Psychology Today. You achieve effortlessness and ease by allowing change to unfold without forcing it. When you welcome transitions with an element of acceptance, you allow yourself to go with the flow. 

Discover comfort in the unknown
Your brain naturally craves comfort, according to Psych Central. And in times of uncertainty, anxiety begins to flourish. During transitional moments, it’s only natural to experience fear of the unknown. But remember that growth exists on the other side of change. Step outside your comfort zone to invite these healthy transitions into your life for the greater good. 

Shift your mindset toward growth
Your mindset plays a major role when it comes to navigating transitions, according to Verywell Mind. People with a fixed mindset often experience fear of the unknown. And a primary reason for anxiety around transitions is the fear of what can happen. By shifting your mindset from fixed to growth, you can learn to embrace these changes rather than resist them. A growth mindset invites you to see value in the journey and allows change to unfold naturally.

Express your emotions in writing
It’s no secret that journaling offers an array of benefits, including emotional regulation. It can be a tool to help you cope.and handle the variety of emotions that comes from change, according to a blog on Psychology Today.

For example, if you find out  that you’re going to lose your job, feelings of fear, anxiety, and frustration may appear. Rather than allow this forced transition to take over, you can harness control through the written word. Writing allows you to present yourself with the opportunity to process your feelings with a fresh perspective.

Let go of expectations
Certain expectations often surround the experience of transition. For example, many people may assume they’ll feel some kind of way as a ‘big birthday’ draws closer. However, by holding these expectations, you’re setting yourself up for failure.

In  Rowena Mabbot’s blog, she explains the joy of letting go in relation to life transitions. These times, while challenging, can often be the most rewarding. You can let go of limitations, expectations, and constructs that limit your potential during significant life transitions. 

Throw away the beliefs that prevent you from achieving your goals. When your life undergoes significant changes, it is the perfect time to reevaluate what is truly important to you and let go of everything else.

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